Activision and Infinity Ward have officially released Special Ops Survival Mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Xbox One and PC. The release comes a year after the mode was made available as a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4 users. In addition to Special Ops Survival Mode, additional PS4 exclusives are now available for Modern Warfare and Warzone, as Sony's timed exclusivity ended on October 1st. These include things like Weapon Mission Challenges and Warzone Combat Packs. In order to get the content, players will have to download a Survival Compatibility Pack, which can be found by selecting "Survival" in the Co-op section.
Newcomers to Survival Mode will find that it can be played on 9 different maps: Aniyah Palace, Azhir Cave, Crash, Grazna Raid, Hovec Sawmill, Piccadilly, Shoot House, St. Petrograd, and Talsik Backlot. In the Special Ops mode, players are tasked with dispatching massive numbers of enemies that attack in waves. After a year of PS4 exclusivity, it will be interesting to see whether or not Xbox and PC players embrace the mode!
Timed exclusive content has become increasingly common in the video game industry over the last few years. While third-party publishers have largely moved away from console exclusive games, exclusive content (both timed, and otherwise) has been used more frequently. This allows the publisher to offer its game to players on multiple platforms, but it also gives the exclusive holder the ability to promote that content as an incentive for players to purchase that version. Prior to Sony's exclusivity deal, Xbox had a similar partnership with Activision.
The practice can benefit either Sony or Microsoft, but fans have been less than enthusiastic with it. When Sony and Square Enix announced that Spider-Man would appear exclusively in the PlayStation version of Marvel's Avengers, many fans were disappointed, with some arguing that the practice hurts those that own different platforms. Despite the backlash, it doesn't seem like the practice will be ending anytime soon.
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