A franchise as popular and as competitive as Call of Duty invites bad behavior. Every Call of Duty release has seen its share of exploits--the over 200,000 videos on YouTube show how fascinated fans are by finding ways to break the game.
Hopefully, Modern Warfare 3 won't be as vulnerable. Infinity Ward is flying out key members of the mapMonkeys community to the studio to test the game for a week. The glitch-centric community has worked on previous games in Activision's popular online shooter, but only for two to three days, "which wasn't nearly enough time," according to the announcement [via CVG].
"This time, Infinity Ward is keeping us there an entire week so we can find more bugs and glitches than ever before! I know this goes against mapMonkeys since we thrive off of finding and sharing glitches with each other, but this is an amazing opportunity we can't pass up!"
Activision's outreach to the community is a smart, proactive way of engaging an audience that would otherwise find exploits once the game comes out. It's also a relatively affordable way of augmenting the traditional QA process--without the fuss of making a reality show.