Call of Duty Multiplayer Now ‘Unplayable’, Thanks To PS3 Hack
This won’t come as a shock to anyone, but remember that shockingly successful PS3 root key hack? Turns out GameFront’s Phil Owen was right: Pandora’s Box is open, and it looks like it contained nothing but dicks. Who have invaded PSN and filled it full of cheapo cheats that have rendered Call of Duty’s various multiplayers functionally unplayable.
Joystiq reports that legit players are absolutely fuming over this, and for good reason. Unfair advantages abound, legit players are finding their stats deleted and getting their asses unfairly kicked, and generally, the only people enjoying themselves are the jerks lording it over everyone else. So it’s basically like High School. Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling weighed in Over at their official forums, acknowledging the problem, but unfortunately, also advising the CoD community that they are effectively screwed for the foreseeable future:
Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform. Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hacker’s attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples.
If you are concerned about playing with players who are hacking, I encourage you to play exclusively with friends by utilizing the party or private match options in Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4 to avoid such players as much as possible until this issue is resolved by Sony.
Sorry guys, but it gets worse. If you’ve already been shafted by the nefarious douchbaggery of hacking asshats, it’s a warm cup of SOL.
At this time, we do not have the ability to restore or adjust individual stats.
They insist that they’re working on a solution to this but, as they’re admittedly limited by the fact that the problem is in the PS3′s firmware, it looks like it’s the Sony cavalry or none at all. The good news for Call of Duty fans is that Black Ops multiplayer has its own security system that isn’t dependent on Sony. The bad news for everyone else is that it’s only a matter of time before you are all f’d to the highest degree possible. Red Dead Redemption fans might want to watch their backs.