Activision ‘misspoke’ in tweet suggesting that Call of Duty Elite may not arrive on the PC due to hacking concerns.
While console exclusives are not exactly a new development, the decision not to release a PC version of the online service Call of Duty Elite seemed particularly strange given the platform’s natural affinity with online first-person shooters.
Rather than trot out the usual reasons such as a smaller market of PC games and piracy concerns, this time the issue is one of security with game developer Beachhead Studio saying back in October that they were "working our butts off" to ensure the PC version could remain cheat-free.
"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," Beachhead Studio boss Chacko Sonny said in an interview with One of Swords.
"We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats," Sonny added.
However a recent Twitter update from Activision’s @CallOfDutyElite account appeared to call into question the appearance of the online service on the PC platform at all.
"We are working towards a universal Elite experience but we cannot guarantee if or when a version will be available for the PC," Activision tweeted.
Some hours later the same account posted a correction, saying "we misspoke."
"Our goal has always been to provide a free PC offering for ELITE. Stay tuned for an update as timing is still being determined."