[Update] Activision Explains Lack Of Share Play In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare On PS4
Update: Activision has responded to our request for comment regarding Share Play and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Activision isn't ruling out inclusion of the feature for the title.
"Delivering a great gaming experience for fans is our top priority," the company says in a statement we received via email. "We’re focused on launching Advanced Warfare and ensuring that people have a great time playing it, which our fans seem to be. Share Play is a new feature that was introduced as part of the recent PS4 firmware 2.00 update. Our engineers didn’t have access to it before it launched, so we haven’t had a chance to evaluate it to see how it will impact the experience across all modes of play. Of course we wouldn’t include a feature in our game without having the chance to test it. Once we’ve fully analyzed its performance, we’ll determine how to support it going forward."
You might recall news last year that Sony had installed a way for publishers to keep some content from being share button-compatible. It seems those censorship features also apply to the Share Play.
GameSpot has reported that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is not compatible with the feature. We have independently confirmed this to be the case.
Share Play allows PlayStation 4 users to invite a friend to view their live gameplay and even take over the controller. It also allows PlayStation Plus members to play competitively or cooperatively. Sessions are limited to 60 minutes at a time,
We tried Call of Duty: Ghosts, and found that it seems to work just fine. We’ve reached out to Activision to inquire if this is step is intentional or if there are plans to allow Share Play now or in the future. We’ll update should we receive a response.
Right now, consider this as notice that the feature doesn’t work. It’s best not to assume that this is a nefarious plot until we have more information.