The Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package was released on Xbox LIVE at exactly 1:44pm UK time. A 329MB download for five maps that some gamers have waited all morning for, but current issues are preventing them from being played.
Before the maps was released a ‘Stimulus’ playlist update had been introduced on the Modern warfare 2 matchmaking menu, but unfortunately this allows for any gamer to join - even those without the maps and thousands of gamers are currently clogging up the lobbies in the anticiaption that ‘Crash’ (which seems to appear that is already on the disc) will load. Any player currently in the lobby without the maps are preventing the match from starting and since there are quite a few, it is ruining the game for those who have spent their hard earned 1200 MS Points who are yet to experience the new content.
To ease the current Mapathy pain, a new title update which should have been released before the new maps will hit later today preventing those without the maps from joining the ‘Stimulus’ lobbies. The update will also address a few known multiplayer glitches and make the new content playable in Private Matches. Highrise, Invasion, Skidrow, and Terminal will be added to the HQ Pro playlist, but the good news is that from today - Double XP will be available to all on the Stimulus Package Maps.
Until you are prompted for a title update today on Modern Warfare 2, you will be unlikely to play any of the Stimulus Package Maps. A Double XP weekend event is still going ahead as planned for all playlists.
We will keep you posted.
Major Nelson has tweeted that a title update prompt is in place, but they are putting in the latest version.
“If ur getting “Can’t download the update” that’s us putting the latest update in place. Excuse our dust, we’ll be done ASAP.” via @MajorNelson
The UK Editor of Xbox LIVE has sated that it may take up to four hours before the update is in place.
Stimulus Package update: The Title Update is currently being prepped, but could take four hours to appear everywhere once it’s ready. via @MrPointyHead
The title update has now been rolled out to players, but futher problems include “Communication with the Xbox LIVE servers has been interrupted” Until the update has been reached by all Modern Warfare 2 players, some of you will still experience some minor difficulties. Including those without the update - still stupidly joining the Stimulus lobby!