As reported by The Verge, more than 100,000 gamers have returned to classic Call of Duty games - this refers to such shooter installments as Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 and Black Ops of 2010. This massive comeback came after Activision Blizzard's fixing of problems with network matchmaking.
All it took was one fix
Although it has been well over 10 years since the release of the aforementioned games, their quality does not discourage tyhe fans. However, Xbox owners have complained for years about emerging problems with matchmaking in multiplayer (specifically, the difficulty of joining the multiplayer lobby), which Activision Blizzard was in no hurry to address. Until recently, when the developers corrected this feature on the servers.
Recall that both Modern Warfare 2, as well as Black Ops were released in the Xbox 360 era. However, this does not mean that more than 100,000 gamers have suddenly abandoned the latest generation of consoles in favor of this iconic device - older titles are being played through backward compatibility or downloaded digitally. According to reports by Game Rant the network gameplay on Xbox Series X/S is experiencing delays due to the emulation of these "age-old" games..
Call of Duty in Game Pass?
It is worth noting that the developers have only now fixed the matchmaking problem. This happened after winning (that's how the current situation on this battlefield should be viewed, at least for now) by Microsoft in the court case against the US Federal Trade Commission, which wanted to block Activision Blizzard's nearly $69 billion acquisition.
With the victory, the Redmond giant has a straight path to the merger, and that means preparing future offerings with games. It will certainly include some installments of Call of Duty, and judging by the repair of the problems occurring in multiplayer mode Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops one might suspect that it is these items that may come to Xbox Game Pass in the future in the first place. For now, however, this remains in the realm of conjecture.