So recently Activision community guy Dan Amrich was asked about the Call Of Duty DLC delay for PS3 and PC and he tried to respond via a blog post but that didn’t go so well. So for those of you that don’t know, Xbox 360 gamers receive all Call Of Duty DLC earlier than PS3 or PC per a deal between Activision and Microsoft . Back in 2010, Activision and Microsoft entered a business deal to release DLC on Xbox 360 earlier than other platforms; this contract is valid through the year 2012. All DLC for MW3 will follow the terms of that deal as well through calendar year 2012 which probably means that the next Call Of Duty will be the same way. It could be even longer if they decide to renew the deal.
For the record, I’m not a fan of this deal and never have been but as someone who covers gaming I have to admit that Activision has been pretty consistent on this one. Somehow, PS3 gamers in particular got the idea that if they purchased the premium Call Of Duty: Elite subscription then they would get the content the same time as Xbox 360 players and that isn’t true. Activision has just extended the availability window, meaning that Xbox 360 Call Of Duty: Elite subscribers will get all DLC first, then regular Xbox 360 users and some time later it will be available to PS3 and PC players. As I said before, I don’t like the deal and think it stinks but that is the way it has always been explained.
As a PS3 gamer I have to admit that I think it sucks, that on the biggest gaming franchise on the planet I have to wait for content, but that’s the way it is and I deal with it. With PS3 and PC Elite gamers now putting out $50 a year for the service, I think it will be very hard for Activision to renew the deal but that’s just my opinion. With the additional revenue stream from Elite which is substantial, Activision doesn’t need a deal like the existing one anymore and hopefully they will see that it does them more harm than good. For what its worth, I think Dan Amrich did an admirable job in trying to explain the facts, trouble for him was that some people just don’t care about the facts.