Replace 10/14/2022: Activision has clarified that the controversial Overwatch 2 cellphone coverage that was additionally considered in Call of Obligation: Modern Warfare 2 will solely have an effect on some PC gamers.
As reported by PC Gamer, an anti-cheat weblog publish on Call of Obligation’s web site made clear that solely these on PC might want to register a cellphone quantity earlier than enjoying Modern Warfare 2. Current Call of Obligation: Warzone gamers who’ve beforehand verified their accounts is not going to want to supply any additional particulars, nonetheless.
“The SMS coverage for Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 on Battle.internet is identical because the requirement for Call of Obligation: Warzone on PC, which was carried out in Could 2020. A cell phone quantity have to be linked to your Steam Account to play Modern Warfare II on that platform,” the publish stated.
Authentic Story: The controversial Overwatch 2 characteristic that required gamers to attach a cellphone quantity to their account earlier than enjoying can be coming to Call of Obligation: Modern Warfare 2.
As reported by PC Gamer, the requirement will seemingly be relevant to all Modern Warfare 2 gamers as a substitute of simply the minority of these enjoying Overwatch. “Call of Obligation: Modern Warfare II, newly created Overwatch 2 accounts, and newly created Call of Obligation: Modern Warfare accounts require a cellphone quantity,” a Blizzard help web page reads.
It is unclear if Activision will backtrack the cellphone quantity requirement simply as Blizzard did for Overwatch 2, lowering it in order that solely new gamers had so as to add a quantity, however the Modern Warfare 2 phrasing wasn’t modified alongside Overwatch 2’s on the help web page.
A cellphone quantity is required by Blizzard for account safety, as notifications can be delivered after suspicious login makes an attempt, password adjustments, and security measures change. It additionally lets gamers unlock their accounts with out a password and recuperate misplaced account particulars.
One different snag to the service is its lack of compatibility with pre-paid cellphone companies. Whereas its web site states that “pre-paid plans might not work” as a substitute of it being a definitive characteristic, this basically implies that those that do not have a rolling cellphone contract can not play Overwatch 2 and, doubtlessly, Modern Warfare 2.
It is not the one controversary surrounding Blizzard following the discharge of its hero-shooter sequel, as the sport has up to now been suffering from DDoS assaults that led to prolonged wait occasions for these desperate to play.
Whether or not Modern Warfare 2 suffers from comparable points stays to be seen, however followers will discover out when the sport launches on October 28.
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