Either publisher Activision’s being genuine, or some poor public relations person has spent the whole day stewing, trying to find a way to spin Call of Duty: Advance Warfare’s controversial block on the PlayStation 4’s nifty Share Play feature. Whatever the case, the company has commented on its decision – and provided the statement below.
“Delivering a great gaming experience for fans is our top priority,” a spokesperson told Game Informer. “Share Play is a new feature that was introduced as part of the recent PS4 firmware v2.00 update. Our engineers didn’t have access to it before it launched, so we haven’t had a chance to evaluate it to see how it will impact the experience across all modes of play.”
The company continued: “Of course, we wouldn’t include a feature in our game without having the chance to test it. Once we’ve fully analysed its performance, we’ll determine how to support it going forward.” So, it sounds like the functionality’s not fully off the cards, and could be patched back in – assuming that the company's telling the truth.
To be fair, this does sound like a reasonable response, so if it was down to the PR team to come up with an excuse, then, well, boss Bobby Kotick owes them all a drink. To be honest, though, we’d prefer it if Sony just forced firms to support this, as we imagine that it’s going to get severely underutilised if it starts allowing the bigger organisations to opt out.