Xbox 360 still gets Call of Duty DLC before PS3

If you were thinking, just because you spent the same amount of money on your PS3 membership for Call of Duty Elite, that you’d be eligible to the same sort of perks as the Xbox 360 version, please think again.

Activision spokesperson Dan Amrich (One of Swords) has set the record straight: Thanks to Activision‘s iron-clad contract with Microsoft, all DLC content will be launched first on Xbox 360, and “trickle down” to other platforms (including PS3) at a later date.

Call of Duty Elite

Some are more equal than others

Amrich himself is confused as to why gamers might have thought the Elite system would override this deal – there was nothing from Activision that mentioned the (nonexistent) deal:

I think gamers just convinced themselves that it would happen because they wanted it to happen. That makes sense, but it doesn’t make it true.

PS3 gamers argue: Because pre-release information about Elite did not outright distinguish between Xbox 360 and PS3, that they assumed the benefits of membership would be universal.

Amrich takes the same information and draws the opposite conclusion: The literature never specified that the benefits would be universal, so it is foolish to imply that they would be.

…predictably, as always happens when a publisher makes an announcement that goes against what gamers wanted to hear, Amrich is now being slammed by critics, accused of being mean and arrogant, and – of course – being blamed for everything.

I totally get where the confusion came from; it makes sense and I totally understand why people are upset — and I am sorry about the situation. But I think the flames are starting up now because people wanted to hear something else, and I can’t say what they want to hear. I’m sorry about that, too.

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