Activision is reporting an overload of registration requests for the premium "Elite" multiplayer component of the just-released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The surge of registrations for Call of Duty Elite has reportedly created a bottleneck, preventing many players from signing up.
That said, gamers shouldn't fear that the internet has crashed again or that Activision suspects piracy, but rather the company didn't anticipate (for some odd reason) that the game would be quite so popular so quickly. It's quite possible Activision is quietly staggering registrations much like EA will ramp up subscribers for Star Wars: The Old Republic to reduce network latency, but Activision is currently sticking to its "exceeding expectations" guns nevertheless.
"We are proud to say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has launched and millions of people are already playing online," said Chacko Sonny, Studio Head, Beachhead Studio. "Registration requests for our new live service Call of Duty Elite are exceeding even our most optimistic expectations, which is creating a bottleneck and some players have not been able to register."
"We have already registered hundreds of thousands of players and we are working around the clock to increase our capacity as quickly as possible," Sonny added. "Please be assured your gameplay data is safe and that whenever you successfully register for Call of Duty Elite, all of your data will be waiting for you."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now (finally) available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows PC.