We all know Call of Duty is popular, but that popularity means it is more popular to cheat on as well. With the recent PlayStation 3 security exploits published on the Interwebz, it has made the process infinitely easier. This fact has not escaped the notice of Activision and they are prepared to take drastic action to solve the problem if Sony isn't.
Activision is considering shuttering their PSN-based servers until Sony can ensure the quality and security of the network. Senior tester Dov Carson said in response to Black Ops issues,
The publishers have the right to shut down the servers for their game at any time as well which, based on the number of reported posts from users, may be a viable solution over the free PSN.
For the reactions of other parts of Activision, hit the break.
You'll notice that a senior tester at Activision pointed out the fact that the PSN is a free service. Obviously this has a lot to do with the quality. We have talked before about what you get for free on PSN but network security has never come up because we figured everyone already knew that was something you give up when you're not paying. To further this theory, Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling said,
Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they're played on. Therefore, updates to the game through patches will not resolve the problem completely unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform.
Will we see Sony fix the problem or will Activision pull the plug? We will have to wait and see.