It’s been a couple of days since the global launch of Modern Warfare 3. Usually, by this time, all the online issues that are omnipresent at the launch of big multiplayer games are settling down. Elite, Activision’s social stat tracking service, is not yet showing signs of becoming more stable.
To be fair, the multiplayer side of Modern Warfare 3 is settling down as the sheer number of people all trying to access it at once reduces. But Elite seems to be posing a slightly different problem from Activision.
Sign ups are high and the huge publisher has trotted out that well-worn excuse that demand is exceeding expectation. Of course, they probably knew there would be massive demand but it’s more financially sound to build a system which will work perfectly with its usual load than it is to build a system which allows for this massive usage spike at the start.
Jamie Berger, Activision’s head of digital, has told Kotaku that while the service is still struggling, it’s being tweaked to allow more simultaneous sign ups which will hopefully allow people to get registered so the service can begin to settle.
So, while Elite is currently struggling, Activision has people on the case and it will, hopefully, be fully functional soon.