It seems as well as the loss of dedicated servers in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, sources have told us that Infinity Ward are also cutting back the maximum limit on players.
From 32 players in the previous version, Modern Warfare 2 will be down to a cap of just 18, consequently 9 vs. 9. Although this is what it’s been in the original Modern Warfare version and World at War on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, many in the PC COD community are fumed about the decision saying ’9 vs. 9 is not a multi-player experience at all and is not a favoured decision’.
Infinity Ward has said that the decision has been made to help balance the game due to the game’s map size, perks, classes, and challenges so that the PC platform can comfortably play the game. However, many in the PC COD community say this is a lie and is more due to the decision of replacing the previous dedicated/clan servers with IW.net servers.
With the release of DICE’s Bad Company 2 due in several months (which will also be released on PC and will use online dedicated servers), Infinity Ward might suddenly get a bite in the backside when they find their devoted COD fanboys moving over to the Battlefield series…