Overwatch 2 players raised their voices and then got redress. That doesn’t stop Activision-Blizzard from wanting to repeat the same mistake with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
Activision-Blizzard does not learn from its mistakes. Overwatch 2 had a disastrous launch marked by server issues, connection issues, and even player purchases. Also at the heart of a controversy, the SMS Protect functionality which had been removed from free-to-play a day after its release. She will be back, but in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
SMS Protect also in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
The new protection system deployed by Blizzard in Overwatch 2 on the way to becoming a standard? The players had stepped up and pushed the publisher to review its position only a day after its launch. The free-to-play indeed required to associate his telephone number with his Battle.net account in order to be able to play. But precisely, the functionality put aside the prepaid devices yet very widespread across the Atlantic. The studio had ended up partially reconsidering its position, but Activision will put the cover back with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
The SMS Protect would indeed be integrated into the game as soon as it is released on October 28th. As noted by VGC, one of the pages of Blizzard’s official site clearly states that the phone protection system will be mandatory for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The objective remains the same: to improve the control of toxic behavior or even the creation of multiple accounts for banned players. And as with Overwatch 2, VOIP lines and prepaid phones will not be accepted. We imagine that discontent will quickly rise on social networks as for OW 2. Now it remains to be seen whether Activision-Blizzard will adapt there too or not.