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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 designer responds to accusations of Xbox 360 favoritism

Like it or not, Call of Duty is an Xbox 360-centric series. Since Call of Duty 2 did some of the heavy lifting in the Xbox 360’s anemic launch line up, Activision’s shooter series has favored Microsoft’s box. Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3, and every annual release since 2009 has seen downloadable expansions and extra content appear first on Xbox Live to be followed on other platforms like Sony’s PlayStation 3 further down the line. Logic has driven Activision’s preference for Xbox. That’s where the audience is. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold approximately 14 million copies on the Xbox 360 compared to just 11.6 million on PlayStation 3.

According to MP1ST (via NeoGAF), Call of Duty: Black Ops II developer Treyarch openly responded in that game’s official forums to accusations that the series is better supported on Microsoft’s console than on its competitors. The thread “BO2 on PS3: Lack of Developer Interaction and Dialogue” was removed from the Black Ops 2 forums after Treyarch game design director David Vonderhaar allegedly addressed the issues with fans. Vonderhaar was understandably frustrated.

“[Complaining] that I tweeted about Xbox Live problems to Xbox Live fans is really a new low point for you,” said Vonderhaar, “When the PSN melts down, I’ll be doing the same thing. Oh right, I did do that when the PSN melted down. It’s fine. I am a big boy and a few of you are not so great at making friends. When you think about about changing your ways; I’ll think about communicating with you more often. In the meantime, I’ll be doing the same thing I did last game, rolling with my own platform-specific game crews to check the health of the game in the real world. That crew [still] won’t include anyone from the PS3 forum community whose primary post count deals with taking jabs at me.”

“Some of you, not all of you, micro everything I have to say as continued evidence that Treyarch (or I) have it out for non-Microsoft platforms. Or, as I’ve seen often, twist my words to represent your agenda or point of view. Or, you might toss in a few jab words about something [totally] unrelated such as our panel at Cod XP, or a Tweet I made about problems over a million people were having with Xbox Live and our game(s). In this building are a lot of hard working people who care about Wii and work on it every day, just as we have many hard working people who fight for the PS3, or are constantly trying to make the PC game a strong PC game.”

A cached version of the thread’s first page can be seen here. Further comment can be read in the original article.