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Infinity Ward: MW2 Online Will Remain Most Popular In 2010

Although some critics believe the awesome online portion of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 actually surpasses that of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward boss Robert Bowling isn't worried.

Reviews for EA's recent shooters have often stated that the online multiplayer mode is good enough to take MW2 addicts away from their game, but in terms of overall popularity in 2010, Bowling believes BC2 is no threat. He also isn't worried about upcoming FPSs like Medal of Honor and the new Call of Duty; according to CVG, the addition of today's Stimulus Pack DLC has helped solidify MW2's widespread popularity. When asked if any game could knock MW2 off its lofty perch, Bowling replied:

"No. I hope not. I certainly don't see any signs of it. We've been number one since launch and this map pack [Stimulus - released today] is going to bring even more people to playing MW2 and extend their play time. I don't see it slipping any time soon."

As for future competition, Bowling says they won't concern themselves with that; they'll "just focus on providing for our audience who love our brand of game." There's little doubt that millions have enjoyed - and will continue to enjoy - Modern Warfare 2's robust online mode, but perhaps time is the only enemy of Infinity Ward. No game may beat out MW2 in terms of sheer users but over time, everything fades. It's not just the way of the industry; it's the way of life. Sorry to be all depressing.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

3/30/2010 10:24:20 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (68 posts)

ColTater
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 10:46:55 AM
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Even more fodder for me to never buy one of these rinse wash and recycle Activision games.

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giant123
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:03:15 PM

but iw is a pretty good thing to support to bad acti gets in the way of our relationship

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Lazytrappin
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 7:24:58 PM

*Battlefield Bad Company 2 > Modern Warfare 2*
You're slipping Infinity Ward, or should I say Microsoft sell-outs? You can kiss my @$$, Four Zero Two!

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 10:47:06 AM
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Faded for me shortly after purchase. I will be waiting to see what Treyarch can pull off for the next COD iteration.

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B-RadGfromOV
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:19:11 AM
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Never purchased, never will. Don't play online, and I've heard enough bad things about the Single Player to know I'm not missing anything with this game.

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vicious54
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:26:29 AM

Playing online on the PS3 IMO is more casual and less annoying than playing on the 360. No little kids screaming in their headset.

The single player is very short and not presented well. The MW1's story was very well put together but MW2 is pretty much Halo 3, no real story and gamers bought it for multiplayer.

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Thrill Kill
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:22:46 PM

agreed, i played it at my friends house and i thought it sucked, i put back in mw1 and we both thought it was waaaaaaaay better.

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 8:27:06 AM

u see vicious54 i think you are wrong there i actually enjoy the cod4/mw2 story and luv the characters cpt price, gaz etc yeh its not as deep and games like mgs in story but has some epic set pieces and likeable characters....oh and there are loads of kids on ps3 screaming down there headsets actually :O

Last edited by Godslim on 3/31/2010 8:28:02 AM

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 3:10:10 PM

Godslims right about kids on PS3... Just last night, in fact, my friend and I both wished there was an easy MUTE ALL button...

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shootu
Friday, April 02, 2010 @ 12:44:22 AM

You dont play online cause you always get your ass kicked.

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:24:56 AM
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They don't deserve to be number one, releasing map packs with timed exclusivity is just disrespectful and a month wait

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vicious54
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:27:15 AM

Also, they are charging $15 for 3 new maps and 2 revamped ones.

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Titch1794
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 2:09:42 AM

@Viciuos
What do you expect? Infinity Ward are money grabbers who will take any money offered to them even if it means discrimination of someone (being us PS3 guys). Its upsetting to say the least though. :s

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vicious54
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:29:15 AM
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I enjoyed MW2's online for a little while but the cheating is ridiculous and makes you not even want to play it anymore.

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 7:39:43 PM

Cheating? Hahaha... sure, call it that if you want.

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:37:16 AM
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I didn't like BC2's demo so I passed on the game. MW2 will continue to give me my online gaming fix.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:43:35 PM

The game is so much more different than the demo. You should give the game a try you may be surprised. Rent it or borrow it off a friend and see the difference. That one map on the demo is not enough to base the other maps online.

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MadKatBebop
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:48:06 PM

@OtisFeelgood

Listen to tlpn99, he is so right!. If you give it a try you are sure to love. For me right now BC2 is by far the best multiplayer experience I have ever had.

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 2:16:22 PM

I didn't like the first one and I didn't like the demo so I'm not spending any money on it whatsoever. MW2 and MAG is enough for me.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:24:24 PM

i didn't like bad company 2. it's just something about it. i'm still playin killzone 2 and waiting to buy MAG still

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KillerBrew
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 6:16:22 PM

BFBC2's demo doesn't even justify how good the full game really is. The full games is one of the best FPS games online I have played in a while.. MW2 cant even compare to the online portion of BFBC2. I believe the 3 new maps and 2 rehashed maps will get quite boring in the first 2 weeks of play and MW2 will fade to oblivion...

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 7:42:06 PM

@ OtisFeelgood - I'm with you on that. I loved BC but the BC2 demo did not sell it to me. I'll get it a little later I'm sure, but the vehicles ruin it for me. I much prefer ground assault with kill streaks over riding around in vehicles on giant maps.

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Darwin1967
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:03:42 PM
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I play this game fairly regularly and there's no denying the popularity given the fact that at any given time you've got about 100,000 plus players playing. With that said, the hacks and cheats are off the charts with this game and I sincerely wish PSN, IW, and Activision actually gave a crap about supporting their product and gameplay...but alas, I dream too big.

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giant123
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:02:22 PM

if by cheats you mean the five-year-old with the noob toob? then yes there are many many cheats

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 7:43:55 PM

Another one talking about cheats. You obviously haven't played in a while.

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 4:03:59 PM

Um....by cheats I mean the idiot skywalkers on derailed and underpass, both I encountered 2 days ago while playing HCSD.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:15:48 PM
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I'm still playing this when I'm in a no brains just shoot mood. Just a question: what are the current cheats for this? I know the one cheat of mega martyrdom using a launcher was already fixed by an update.

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vicious54
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:26:24 PM

I know for the 360, a lot of the old cheats that were fixed in the first patch have come back and even more frequent. There is a cheat for very fast moving, the human bomb and elevator cheat.

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Monkeysnarf
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:26:43 PM
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MW2 is a great game. I've got just under 6 days of online game time logged. I even went through the single player mode and thought it was decent, so I stuck in my CoD4 disc and went through its single player mode too. (Hadn't ever played CoD4's single player.)

I just want to know when the map pack is coming to PS3.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 3:49:53 PM

Unfortunately, you are my new enemy on this site.

While I enjoy Monkeys, and Snarf from Thundercats brings back memories from a long lost childhood, you sir are a deuchbag.

I am a Washington Huskies fan. GO DAWGS!!!!

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Monkeysnarf
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 11:28:04 AM

Right on. I know UW won some games last season, good for y'all.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 11:52:24 AM

Will you have enough players out of jail in order to feild a quality team this year?

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tlpn99
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 12:40:24 PM
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Monkeysnarf in a month's time so I am led to believe. I know it sucks but at least it is not a year like GTA episodes are.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:25:29 PM
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2 of those overpriced Stimulus maps are from MW1. Activision is teh toolz.

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giant123
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:00:54 PM

i want all the mw1 maps back, they were better than the new ones.... but 15 bucks is kinda steep

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:28:35 PM

wow talk about pure laziness.

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johnld
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:35:45 PM

yeah, if i wanted to play MW1 maps, i'll put in MW1. I dont just get 2 for their 15. i get all of them free. plus less killstreak and just a much better experience. why? because the kids already moved on to MW2 so all thats left are the decent people. minus a few cheaters here and there.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:51:59 PM
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MW2 is broken. People will leave eventually to Bad Company 2. Out of all the random people on my list who constantly played MW2, 75% of them have moved on to Bad Company 2.

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/13434-modern-warfare-2-community-shifting-to-bad-company-2/

Here's an interesting piece of data that syas MW2's community has been steadily declining since Bad Company 2's release.

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Danny007
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:56:16 PM
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I like Uncharted 2's and Killzone 2's multiplayer way more than CODMW2's multiplayer.

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:57:15 PM

I agree with that! Don't forget Warhawk is still a classic :)

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 2:01:59 PM

Same.

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FlyingKickPunch
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 3:41:17 PM

nothing like playing as a chimera or helghast in Uncharted 2 multiplayer! :)

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:56:50 PM
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Even before Bad Company 2 released, I stopped playing MW2. It's fun but Bad Company 2...sooo much more fun than being a lone warrior. Plus blowing s**t up is always a plus in my book ;-P

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MadKatBebop
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 1:57:23 PM
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Its been so long since Ive played MW2 online, Ive only played 16 hours of online game time, and Ive had the game since release day. Ive had BC2 since March 2 and have already played 2 days and 7 hours of online game time. Ive never played multiplayer this much! so for me through the rest of 2010 its BC2 for multiplayer.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 2:27:34 PM
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Don't like, don't play, don't care.

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Kowhoho
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 3:25:24 PM
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Pfft... I sold my copy >.>

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CaptRon
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 3:42:19 PM
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MW2 sucks I turned that in after 3 days... BFBC2 is pretty tight, nothing like hidin in the bushes.

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giant123
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 3:59:09 PM
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i play mw2 quite a bit, and i love it. mostly due to gamebattles and private matches.(pub lobbies are full of noob tubes and little kids :( )

as for the map pack released today... uhm thats only if you can afford it after paying 50 bucks for the online services and actually buying mw2. for those of us who have a brain, we have to wait another month. thanks activision :)

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johnld
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:31:29 PM
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they'll be the most popular on the 360 side but on the ps3 side, they're old news already.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 4:47:33 PM
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Pathetic. They can't get anything right in time for release.

http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/108/1080663p1.html

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Titch1794
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 2:17:00 AM

Lol thats REALLY bad, thats a fail!
XBOX paid to get a month exclusivity for an error lol XD

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 6:27:59 PM
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Another reason why MW2 is garbage, and I prefer BC2. Bigger Maps, Better Weapons, Mature People usually, Vehicles, and FREE DLC.

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 7:54:15 PM
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Wow. Would you look at all the MW2 hate on here? People are acting like MW2 slept with their sister or something.

MW2, as stated in the article, is on a "lofty perch." It didn't get there because it's garbage nor did it get there because people hate it. Quite the contrary. The game is a fantastic good time.

Acting like fanboys saying that a gamer can only enjoy MW2 or BC2 but not both, is childish. I say long live good online fps.

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dkmrules
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:06:19 PM

I mean really, why so much MW2 hate?!?!

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 8:22:06 AM

your not wrong dude there is so much hate for mw2 on this site and yet even with its problems apart from cod4 i still say its the best online game out

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 9:00:46 PM
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It got there because it is, and will continue to be the most over-rated game EVER. It would be different if MW2 wasn't broken, didn't say F U to PS3 users, and actually not live up the hype.

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 8:24:00 AM

actually i'd say halo is the most overated game ever next to gta 4

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Qubex
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:54:33 PM
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I really really dislike their attitude...

I am going to sell off all my Infinity Ward games now and swap them out. I don't want them in my collection...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 12:33:18 AM
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@Qubex,
Is it Kotex's two new mouthpieces taking over from anti-vision, that's now doing all this yakking?

It sure sounds like Booby's style!

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___________
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 1:50:51 AM
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mmmmmm, nah BFBC2 is still better than MW2.
but if you ask me KZ2 is still by far the best multiplayer game out there, in fact the MP modes were the only part of KZ2 that did not disappoint me.
hopefully GG will spend more time on the story and SP modes, and less on MP modes.
i remember reading a interview like mid 08 and one of their devs said they have like 70% of their team working on the MP from the start and will to the game releases.
thats way to much especially considering GG are a fairly small studio.

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Imagi
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 5:17:50 AM
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More players does not mean it is the better online game, it just reflects a sad fact of life, that the majority of people are idiot sheep with blinkers on.

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 8:22:50 AM

or the majority of people recognize cod4 was so good and so decide to get the sequel

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Imagi
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 10:06:07 AM

Majority....No. The plus side is that while the kids play MW2, it keeps them away from spoiling other online games.

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 12:24:45 PM

haha good point although i enjoy the little kids coming on thinking they are cool

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Deleted User
Friday, April 02, 2010 @ 2:49:07 AM

that is true... less penises on UNO to...

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 2:21:34 PM
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haha, I got to start playing MW 1.

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sirbob6
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 3:22:39 PM
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Hmm... I believe this may be an April fools article.

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Deleted User
Friday, April 02, 2010 @ 2:48:15 AM
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They will continue their reign on PSN, but thei XBL number one spot will disappear soon enough... it would be even more amusing if it was by the beta and not even the full release. Activision has really pulled some crap this generation

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