Call of Duty players slam Activision as fan-made X Labs project forced to shut down

Nathan Warby
Black Ops 3 character with ship

Call of Duty players have hit out at Activision after the publisher forced the fan-made X Labs project to shut down, just days after hitting a similar mod with a cease and desist.

While Call of Duty players are always being treated to new content, with Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 Reloaded currently in full swing. That being said, long-time fans often turn to mods to play updated versions of classic CoD titles.

However, recently Activision have been clamping down on fan-made projects that make use of their properties, with sm2 being shut down on May 17.

Now, another popular mod named ‘X Labs’ has been forced to halt operations after being with a cease and desist from the publisher.

Much like sm2, X Labs was a project made by Call of Duty fans that featured updated versions of tiles like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 3. But on May 22, it was announced that the mod would be going offline for good.

A post on the official X Labs Twitter account said: “Today, we have received a Cease & Desist letter on behalf of Activision Publishing in relation to the X Labs project. We are complying with this order and shutting down all operations permanently. Thank you all for your support over the years.”

The news was met with criticism from the CoD community, as popular streamer ModernWarzone explained that the publisher are giving players less ways of enjoying older entries in the series safely.

“The biggest issue with Activision shutting down mods like XLabs is that there is no safe alternative to play older Call of Duty games online anymore,” he tweeted. “If you play old COD games on console you are putting yourself at serious risk because your personal information isn’t safe.”

Meanwhile, those who regularly enjoyed the X Labs mods shared their anger at the project being shut down.

“I’m devastated. I actually play this about every day at this point,” said Mutahar of SomeOrdinaryGamers. “It’s the only fun cod and f**king Activision ruins it. F**k you.”

Activision themselves are yet to comment on why they have begun taking down these kinds of projects now, as some have been operating for years at this point.

With two big-name projects being targeted within the space of the week, it’s hard to imagine that X Labs will be the last Call of Duty client to receive a cease and desist.

For more on Call of Duty, be sure to check out how to make Sniper Rifles a one-shot kill, as well as everything we know about Rebirth Island coming back.

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