Activision Issues Cease & Desist to CoD: Ghosts FOV Changer
The creator of the Call of Duty: Ghosts field of view changer application has been issued a cease & desist order by Activision.
Ghosts‘ FOV is locked at 65 on PC — a narrow range for gamers who have been accustomed to FOVs twice as wide — and the fourDeltaOne community responded to player demand by providing a fix. The Fovely FOV changer only worked in multiplayer mode, meaning the cinematography of singleplayer campaign sequences would remain unaffected.
Following alleged legal pressure by Activision, fourDeltaOne has taken down the download link “due to a friendly threat from everyone’s favorite publishing firm.” A fourDeltaOne representative reports that the cease & desist was issued on the grounds of the community distributing files used by the game’s updater to verify a game installation — which he asserts to be false. A message on the fourDeltaOne website reads:
“They’re at it again. Seeing a court order I received earlier in September, on request of Activision a local court ordered me to take down ‘any CoD content’ – which somehow seems to include temporary files used by the updater to ‘verify’ a game installation. Since receiving the court order, I have contacted a local law firm which is still in the process of going over the case, however, today I received an e-mail containing a letter (German, page 2), claiming that other projects are also infringing this court order.
“Although I’m still standing by my point that these titles do not contain any Activision files (and therefore I am not ‘providing (part of) the games’), I have taken them offline pending further investigation as a precaution.
“Indeed, this means you can not play at this time – do not complain, it’s Activision whining again.”
When posting the download original link, fourDeltaOne admin NTAuthority warned users the fix could potentially trip anti-cheat systems, but that developer Infinity Ward has never come down hard on FOV changers in the past. He wrote:
“Again, the safety of this tool can not be guaranteed, but typically IW has been pretty lenient towards FOV changers for their titles.”
Oh, Activision. This is how you treat people to try to fix your game?