COD developer appeals for calm following death threats


A Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer has appealed for calm after fans erupted in anger at a patch that tweaked three in-game weapons.

Call of Duty players targeted Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar via Twitter with death threats and promises of violence against his family.

Vonderhaar is one of the most high profile developers at the Black Ops studio, and regularly uses social media to answer fan queries.

The fan blacklash began after Activision published the game’s latest patch notes on the Call of Duty forum. The update includes a range of bug fixes and tweaks, but the part which caused fans to erupt lies below.

Multiplayer Game Balancing

  • AN-94: Damage slightly reduced.
  • DSR 50: Rate of fire reduced.
  • Ballista: Rate of fire slightly reduced
  • Vonderhaar used his Twitter account to explain how these changes would affect play.

    “The DSR fire time was 0.2 seconds. It’s now 0.4 seconds,” he wrote. “The rechamber time was 1.0 seconds. It’s now 1.1 seconds.”

    “Let me put some perspective into your life because I do care about what you say,” he continued. “Not sure these fractions of seconds are worth the threats of violence.”

    (via Eurogamer)

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