“Downloading game settings”
If that phrase means anything to you, than you must be one of the irritated Call of Duty 4 owners on the PlayStation 3. If it doesn't, that's the message that Call of Duty 4 has been spewing out whenever we've endeavoured to experience the engrossing shooter online.
It's certainly no good, but the end of the world isn't drawing any nearer. Infinity Ward is working day and night (literally through the night) to fix the game's online mode.
"The server team has been working on this all weekend, and will be working through the night" to fix the online functionality of the game.
The issue that players are having are indeed with the servers, so you won't even have to download a pesky patch - the issue should soon just disappear.
"The only real issue is that the servers we're getting hit really hard, especially with the launch in Europe doubling that traffic, just something that requires optimising on the server side and we've been working with the PSN COD4 Server team from the moment it started having issues assisting any way we can to help them get them up to speed faster."
In a statement issued today, Infinity Ward announced they're "upgrading all server hardware as well as dedicated an individual database to each functionality to improve performance and handle the traffic hitting the servers."
When this will translate to a flaw-free online experience we aren't sure, but it should hopefully start working soon. If you're still getting the 'Downloading Game Settings' message during the upgrade, just wait it out, and it should eventually place you into a lobby.
"Remember, this is just short term, eventually once everything is upgraded you won't be receiving Downloading Game Settings at all."
We'll be waiting for you online. We'll have more for you on Call of Duty 4 soon.