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Call of Duty Fans Flock to Xbox 360 Classics Like Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 Following Apparent Server Update

The classic Call of Duty game on Xbox 360 seems to be getting a second wind as a server update sparks renewed interest in online play.

Thousands were reportedly online over the weekend playing games like Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3 (2011) and Treyarch’s Black Ops 2 (2012). 2007’s groundbreaking Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare gave it even more momentum.

These old Call of Duty games are still playable online ten years after they came out, but they were full of hackers, boosters and cheaters. However, reports surfaced last week that unannounced work has been done to improve issues with the Xbox 360 version of the game, and thousands of fans are finally on board as rumors spread about stable online play. It’s decided. These older Call of Duty games included an online player counter, so while it may be error prone, it’s a good indicator of current interest.

Players report that matchmaking servers for these games on PC and PlayStation 3 are still having issues, so Microsoft’s older consoles are taking over.

Conveniently, Xbox 360 Call of Duty games can be played on Xbox Series X and S thanks to Microsoft’s backwards compatibility support, so you don’t even have to dust off your old console for some nostalgia.

Microsoft’s anticipated $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the heated press deal between Microsoft and Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for 10 years, and the upcoming announcements of this year’s Call of Duty games. The timing of all this is interesting when you think about it. , widely expected to be the (new) Modern Warfare 3.

Are Microsoft and Activision preparing to launch a back catalog of Call of Duty on Game Pass any time soon? Available on Xbox. IGN reached out to Activision for comment.

Wesley is IGN’s UK news editor. Find @wyp100 on Twitter. You can reach Wesley at: or confidentially

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