Amidst rumors that the supply drop system in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare would feature exclusive weapons and a deluge of emotes, sprays, and titles, a member of the Infinity Ward team responded to the community by calling these rumors “half-baked” and “inflammatory.”

The rumor started with a series of tweets from The Gaming Revolution:

The Gaming Revolution has been accurate with past Call of Duty: Modern Warfare leaks, correctly announcing that mini-maps would be replaced by a ‘compass bar’ and the newly introduced Gunsmithing system.

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As fans began to grow angry with Infinity Ward and Activision for locking advantage-providing weapons behind loot boxes, Infinity Ward Studio Art Director Joel Emslie took to the /r/modernwarfare subreddit on September 26th to address the community:

 Hey gang,

Take a second and think about who on the production side comes to this sub and reads through the comments, IW Dev. We are a mixed bag of nerds, jocks, and everything in between. Its amazing but we all get along and come together every day to build something that we believe in. We’ve dedicated our careers to being the best at what we do and to making the best possible game we can make. That’s corny but at the same time this is a job and if you work at a job and aren’t successful then eventually there is no job. Almost all of us have worked in the industry for long enough to know that if we don’t make a good game then no one will play it. Its pretty much all we think about and for most of us we treat every game like its our last so we put everything we have into it. We never hold back. Public forums like this sub are part of our process. Its where we come to gather exterior thoughts and feedback on what we are crafting. We are about 4 weeks away from launch but the game will continue to live beyond that date. This sub will be a way for us to keep getting an outside hands on perspective from everyone that plays the game. Everyone benefits from this. Player experiences get better and better and we get to keep making games;)

So yes…the current drama, you’re all being heard, all of it. I don’t know why but on my daily scans of the sub, where Im looking for useful feedback;), I even read the ultra dark toxic comments that tell me how incompetent and stupid I must be and how I should go away somewhere where I cant harm people with my bad ideas and artwork. We all have a pretty thick skin here but yeah it can kind of get to you. Believe me we keep it professional but of course people that pass by my office from time to time can hear me through the walls:) Its disappointing but we move on with our day. I understand that there are people here that have things going on in their lives or they are upset about something to do with the game and they need to get the poison out and feel like they are being listened to. You are and yeah go for it, but keep it clean and maybe even a little creative. Get it out of your system but remember there’s a team of human beings here at IW and we have crappy days just like you. Our interest is entirely in the game itself.

At the end of his post, Emslie takes a thinly-veiled shot at TheGamingRevolution, asking fans to “not get thrown off by ill informed people that want to make a name for themselves by spreading half baked inflammatory rumors.”

“There are some announcements that have come up this week that are official and some that are rumors. My ask of all of you is to focus on information that is actually fact and not get thrown off by ill informed people that want to make a name for themselves by spreading half baked inflammatory rumors. Lets work real problems together and not fairy tales of boogeymen.”

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Later that same day, TheGamingRevolution was allegedly informed by his inside source that “a tonne of pre orders” were being cancelled due to the news regarding supply drops and the announcement that Special Ops Survival Mode would be a PS4 exclusive for one year, while also noting that the devs were “thinking about giving the player the options” to earn supply drop-exclusive weapons:

Since this announcement, TheGamingRevolution has called on Activision to deliver a clear and concise answer regarding the presence of gameplay affecting weapons in the hopes that it would “save your game and restore [the community’s] faith.”

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As of writing, Activision and Infinity Ward have not responded to TheGamingRevolution’s call for answers.

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