CoD MW3: How to Fix Error Code Chastise

Find out how to fix the Chastise or "purchase failed" error code here.

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The Chastise error (aka “purchase failed” bug) has been getting in the way for some Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 players. Find out how to fix error code Chastise in this guide.

How to Fix Error Code Chastise in CoD MW3

The Chastise error code will occur after you try to download data or multiplayer packs in Call of Duty. The bug is particularly prevalent for PlayStation users. The “purchase failed” issue is caused by licensing errors when trying to access the downloaded content. If you’re anything like me, you want to get back to gaming as soon as possible. So, let’s talk about how to fix it.

Check Activision Server Status

When in doubt, check the server status first. Taking a look at the servers will give you a heads-up if the game is undergoing any maintenance that could be causing the bug.

Check Modern Warfare 3 Trello Board

Sledgehammer Games has launched a public Trello board that tracks the known and resolved issues in the game.

Login to the Primary Account

If you’re trying to purchase content from a secondary account, you’ll have issues. So, you’ll need to log in to the primary account that originally purchased the game to download new content.

Restore Licenses (PS4 and PS5)

This bug frequently plagues PlayStation players like me. Thankfully, you can easily restore your licenses on your console. Here’s how.

  • PlayStation Settings > Account Management > Restore Licenses.
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That’s how to fix the error code Chastise aka “purchase failed” bug Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. For more tips and tricks, check out our guides hub. We’ve got tips on using killstreaks or scorestreaks, how to play with a controller on PC, and more.

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Maddison started her gamer journey traversing the lands of Runescape and World of Warcraft. These days, she can be found playing just about anything, and is always chasing the exciting discovery of a good game. Maddison has a degree in Art History and Fine Art, and is a freelance writer.