Big mistake, Activision. A new community playlist is now live with Modern Warfare 3—and while it includes a new game called “Infected,” it has also dumped one of our favorite games from the list: DropZone. DropZone is gone—and no one is pleased with this change. In fact, the backlash on the internet has been pretty vocal. Infected is an interesting game, involving conversions of players from one team to another—but it just isn’t worth the loss of DropZone to most of us who particularly loved that game mode.
It’s still possible to play DropZone—but only in private matches. There is no way to make a public game out of it, which is a huge loss since DropZone was a very popular game mode. Not that this is anything new—we’re used to seeing games rotate on the Community Playlist, but a lot of fans were taken a bit by surprise when Activision chose to rotate out such a popular title. Many fans are writing the company directly to complain about the loss of the game mode.
Another complaint centers around Infected. Infected counts directly against a player’s K/D ratio, but this is problematic since the outcome of any match can be skewed a great deal by the nature of your entry onto the field—whether you spawn as a survivor or as an infected player. It’s not necessarily a big problem that it counts against the score, but it’s certainly a bit awkward and possibly something for Activision to reconsider before setting it in stone.
If you’re upset about the recent loss of DropZone, consider writing to Activision to protest. If enough gamers speak out against the change, Activision is sure to consider making DropZone available for public matches once again.