Modern Warfare 2 Controversy: What Are Platforms?

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It seems like shooting your shot is more difficult than ever. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has implemented a more complicated process of unlocking weapons. Exactly why was this decision made? Literally no one knows.

In Modern Warfare 2, Activision and Infinity Ward have rolled out a new method of unlocking weapons through the all-new Platforms. It’s just a little bit overcomplicated, so let’s break it down step by step.

Several weapons can share the same Platform. For example, the M4 assault rifle has the same Platform as the M16 and the FTAC Recon. To unlock a weapon, players must work their way up by levelling up the starting weapon in that Platform to a specific rank. Only after levelling up the starting weapon to a certain point can the next weapon be unlocked. As players make progress, they will unlock different attachments that can be used on all weapons within that Platform.

This is vastly different from the previous method of unlocking weapons in Call of Duty games. Players could simply reach a certain rank and then unlock the corresponding weapons. Various attachments for specific weapons could then be unlocked. It’s unclear why the developers felt the need to switch up a time-honoured and familiar process, but they probably have their reasons. This system helps Modern Warfare 2 stand out from the rest of its predecessors, probably a wise move considering it’s the nineteenth chapter in the overall Call of Duty series.

Fan reactions to this showed the general sentiment to this new weapon unlock mechanism is mixed at best.

Season 1 has just begun, so we can only wait and see how people react. In spite of all this controversy, Modern Warfare 2 still became the quickest Call of Duty game in history to earn US$1 billion in revenue, so maybe you just win some and lose some.

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