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Modern Warfare 2 Tomorrow

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches tomorrow, and Robert Bowling tweets about the game's broken street date, saying "if you bought a retail copy on PC, you can play it on 11.10.09," since the game needs to be activated on Steam. Meanwhile, has praise from retailers for Activation's handing of the game's launch. MCV has a roundup of where to get the best price on the military shooter sequel in the UK, including Sainsbury's where the game will be 26. And speaking of the UK, Computer and Video Games reports concerns over the game's civilian shooting scene will be raised in Parliament today. Finally, Reuters reposts their article listing lofty expectations for the title, saying: "Sales estimates range from 11 million-13 million units by end-2009."

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50. Re: MW2 Tomorrow Nov 9, 2009, 18:45 spindoctor
I'll say one thing.....this is the last time I buy a highly anticipated AAA game on STEAM. Its a great service but, in the end, STEAM users are the absolute last customers who get to play the game on launch day.

What you say is usually true. Half the time their releases are delayed. The other half, well, the game unlocks on Steam during the afternoon or evening of the release date, while retail users can start playing as soon as stores open in the morning, or even earlier if the street date is broken. I personally don't care too much about a game unlocking a few hours later. In the grand scheme of things, it's too minor a point to worry about.

In the case of MW2 though, I think there is some politics involved in the reason why the game is delayed by 2 days. You've already seen the report of other digital distribution stores deciding to not carry the game. Activision probably doesn't care enough about them, as their sales will be pretty small. However, a few months ago, I read that Gamestop or Best Buy was also refusing to carry games which required Steam to play. They could have done that again this time, and Activision would have to sit up and take notice because these retailers are where the majority of their sales come. I think the delay might have been enforced to placate them more than anything else. On the other hand, Steam is the largest digital store as well as the focal point of all pc users (since the game is tied to Steam no matter where it's bought). They can't have been too happy with having to delay their own release. I can see Activision being caught between a rock and a hard place with 2 major partners, and I imagine the 2 day delay is an unhappy compromise for everyone involved.

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