Activision has delayed Call of Duty: Elite on the PC due to the platform being “insecure”.
Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny told Activision’s Dan Amrich on the One of Swords blog that the developer wants to provide a safer environment for the platform.
“We’re as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever,” he said. “It’s really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1.
“We’re working our butts off to make it happen, but we won’t release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it’s meant to be.
“The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.”
On the bright side Product director Noah Heller did confirm that Elite on PC will be free for everyone.
“Not being able to trust stats is a big problem for our design,” he said. “Because of this, we had to re-imagine Elite for PC. Elite for PC will be about access to your own stats, or those of your friends. Basically establishing a circle of trust. And because it will have some reduced functionality, it will be free for everyone.
There is no new date for Elite at the moment, however there is no firm date, with Sonny saying that “It will be ready when it is ready.”