Care package glitch 'didn't harm MW2' - Infinity Ward

"There was no drop in players", says Robert Bowling

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has revealed that the infamous Care Package glitch in Modern Warfare 2 - that angered many CVG readers - has had no effect on the popularity of the game.

The glitch allowed players to call in unlimited care package drops, which turned matches into a mess of Harriers, AC-130s, Chopper Gunners, EMPs, Counter-UAVs and Predator Missiles.

Infinity Ward released a patch for the problem in February.

In an exclusive new interview, we asked Bowling if the problem damaged Modern Warfare 2's popularity - especially with rival titles such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 now available.

He replied:

"No, there was no drop [in players]. Since people take this game very seriously and they play so hardcore - we do as well - you know that stuff gets a lot of attention.

"But in the grand scheme of things, I mean we have 25 million unique players and of the people who experienced those types of things and even participate in those types of things are very very small - like one per cent of our user base. So in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really impact the overall experience of the majority of players."

Infinity Ward released its Stimulus Map Pack for Modern Warfare 2 this week - but the launch wasn't without its problems.