Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer beta is now live, but with fans complaining that that the game is difficult to play without a minimap, a number of pro players and content creators have weighed in on the situation.
The Modern Warfare multiplayer beta officially released on Thursday, September 12, giving fans of the long-running first-person shooter franchise their first opportunity to take to the battlefield and test their skills ahead of the game’s launch on October 25.
The lack of minimap in the game has raised some eyebrows though, and a number of popular content creators and professional players have taken to social media to voice their frustrations with the decision.
YouTuber Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell immediately started a campaign in the hopes of persuading Infinity Ward to revert their decision and bring back the useful tool that has been a staple of Call of Duty games.
The Englishman wrote: “Like this tweet if you want a permanent minimap in Modern Warfare,” with over 3,000 people showing their support for the idea in just five hours.
Like this tweet if you want a permanent mini map in #ModernWarfare
— Tom (@ProSyndicate) September 13, 2019
FaZe Clan’s Austin ‘Pamaj’ Pamajewon shared his annoyance with the move, posting on Twitter that the game without a minimap meant “everyone on the map playing (like a) turtle,” by hiding and sitting in corners, while labeling it as “backwards.”
“You don’t feel confident about running around cause of lack of minimap,” he continued. “That’s how everyone feels. There really isn’t a justified reason to take the minimap out.”
No Minimap in Call Of Duty = Everyone on the map playing turtle
We need Minimap. Ain't the same
— FaZe Pamaaj (@Pamaj) September 12, 2019
Its true. But what I'm saying is if YOU don't feel confident about running around cause of lack of mini map. Thats how EVERYONE feels. It's just so backwards and there really isn't a true justified reason to take the Mini Map out. https://t.co/3KFZSFXPex
— FaZe Pamaaj (@Pamaj) September 12, 2019
Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin chose to poll his followers instead, asking them if they thought the game needed a minimap, or if it was better off without it.
Unsurprisingly, 76% of people felt the game absolutely needed it, although the YouTuber refrained from revealing his own thoughts on it.
Now that you guys have played it.. does #ModernWarfare need a mini-map or no?
— TmarTn (@TmarTn) September 12, 2019
Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall made it clear how he feels about the lack of in-game map, posting a hilarious minute-long rant on Twitter detailing just how stunned he was that the beta was released without one.
“Oh my fucking God, no fucking minimap?” the Brit fumed. “Who’s idea was that? I need to have a one-on-one conversation, just a proper talk. I want to know who come up with that! No minimap?”
He continued: “Let's just turn into hardcore, no such thing as core. What is this? 98% of my gameplay is the fucking minimap! I can’t even play pubs! CoD needs it bro. Bad idea. I don’t know how I’ve kept my shit (together), I really don’t. I’ve had to turn the beta off.”
— skrapz (@skrapzg) September 13, 2019
Doug ‘Censor’ Martin stated that his only issue with the beta was the lack of minimap, writing that it “needs to be in the game,” while Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris stated that if Infinity Ward decide to implement a minimap, he will be going to the developer’s studio to thank “every single one of them individually.”
My only complaint with COD MW is no mini map. It NEEDS to be in the game.
— FaZe Censor (@Censor) September 12, 2019
if i see a minimap on the BETA tomorrow, ill be going to the infinity ward studios and thanking every single one of them individually
— (treiboi carti) (@TreiZer0) September 13, 2019
Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo explained that while gameplay, guns and movement all “seem great,” the decision to not include the tool was “horrendous,” but that adding it in, and unlocking a few more maps should make it great.
Beta summary: gameplay, guns, movement seems great. Lack of minimap and maps are horrendous. When we have minimap+ some more maps should be a great game
— NV Justin Fargo uwu (@silly702) September 13, 2019
Will Infinity Ward add the minimap?
While frustrations continue about the lack of the map, it does seem that Infinity Ward is willing to listen to the criticism from fans, creators, and pro players alike, meaning we may see it introduced to the game sooner or later.
In a Reddit post, communications manager Ashton Williams said that they heard the complaints “loud and clear,” and would be “experimenting internally with a few different options.”
Whether those changes will be implemented during the beta remains to be seen, but it should give those who are annoyed by the current state of the game hope that the developers are taking their feedback onboard.