It’s no secret that the Call of Duty Hardcore Community has been aching for more Hardcore modes to play on. With only 4 modes out of the box, it’s only a matter of time before more are added or considered.
Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar recently paid a visit to the Official Call of Duty Forums to reach out to fans and see what they would like to see next in Hardcore Playlist. It’s just an open discussion for now so no promises just yet, but it’s still a start. We always asummed Hardcore wasn’t the most popular but we had no idea how low the demand was.
You can read (and reply) to the thread HERE.
David Vonderhaar’s message after the break…
I know the Hardcore crowd loves Hardcore. I love me some Hardcore Search & Destroy, personally. You are a small enough community where I feel like I know some of you personally.
The problem here is that not every gamemode playable in a hardcore variant has sufficent enough traffic to warrant having it’s own playlist.
Hardcore Free-For-All, for example, has a very low traffic count. This makes Matchmaking in that playlist more difficult.
While I’m sure that the 4000 people in it right now are loving it, I’m just being open with with you when I say that something with less than 1% of the total population barely justifies it’s own playlist.
What follows next is a discussion point. It’s not a committement or a guarantee. I am taking feedback as we think about how to provide more hardcore game modes as Public Playlists without fragmenting the small Hardcore community or matchmaking.
I would appreciate it if you please keep your posts on-topic and civil. Please hardcore community, police your own. I am counting on you to make it worthwhile to have a thread going.
As a snapshot in time, these are the Hardcore modes in order of popularity.
1. Hardcore TDM (by a large margin)
2. Hardcore CTF
3. Hardcore Search
4. Hardcore FFA
Where do you go from here? Sacrifice Hardcore FFA for a Moshpit, Kill Confirmed, or something else entirelly?
Some of you will be tempted to say “Give every game mode it’s own Hardcore playlist.” Save yourself some trouble. I totally get it. You like Hardcore.
However, Hardcore is not a gamemode. It’s a variant on the game rules. One that is popular with a very passionate, but very small crowd of people.
Keeping the 80,000 (or so, across 2 platforms) of you together and able to play together has to be a priority over any specfic variant.
Finally, in case you are just joining us on this game, we go through this every two years with you.
This year is no different. We put out the game. We then figure out what is popular amongst the Hardcore (and other variant, but relatively small communities), and we make adjustments that are in the best intrests of the game and the community. This year is no different. Of course we’ll make adjustments. We always do.
SOURCE: Official Call of Duty Forums Via @xMaccabix