Players boot up the Xbox and PC versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II discovers that the option to disable crossplay does not exist in the game. PlayStation players can freely change the option.
Crossplay has become an almost universal feature for multiplayer focused titles. The Call of Duty franchise remains one of the biggest multiplayer titles in the world, and has now supported cross-play for multiple entries, so it was no surprise that this year. Modern Warfare II would also allow players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC to compete with or against each other. However, with the full release of the game, Xbox and PC users discovered that they could not opt out of being matched with players on other platforms.
Despite being an in-game option on PlayStation consoles, there is no option inside Modern Warfare II to disable cross-play on Xbox and PC, although Xbox players can work around this by accessing their console’s system settings and turning off the option to play with people outside of Xbox Live. PC players have no solutions at this time.
We’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard to provide clarity on the decision and will update the story when we hear back.
Players often wish to disable crossplay to eliminate any chance of skill differences in matches due to different input methods, especially keyboard and mouse versus controller. They also want to avoid matching up against hackers, who are much more common on PC. Many players already did taken to Twitter to express their frustration with this oversight.
It is likely that this feature will be added in a patch, especially since the option existed on these platforms during the beta. Activision has yet to publicly respond or make a statement about the missing feature.