Modern Warfare Remaster is Coming Out Standalone

Activision has heard our cries, if a quote by the director of Raven Studios, who is handling the Modern Warfare Remaster, is to be believed. Instead of being exclusive to the deluxe versions of Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone as well as with the deluxe version.

“What we announced before today was that we were going to offer 10 maps on launch, and that’s still true. The announcement today is that the six remaining maps we are actually going to be delivering to anyone who purchases Modern Warfare Remastered, anyone who owns it or a version of Infinite Warfare that comes with it, they’re going to get all 16 of the maps for no additional cost.”

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Activision had to make this move at some point, as there was such an uproar and debate over the decision. Modern Warfare was one of the most successful Call of Duty games and the perception was that, despite if Infinite Warfare is a good game or not, Activision was trying to make fans pay for an “okay” game in order to get a great one. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore.

We have been critical of Activision for this initial move, but we applaud the fact that they made the right decision and hope that Infinite Warfare can stand on its own two feet and end up being an incredible game and live up to the Call of Duty legacy. The Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone, rightfully so, and allows Infinite Warfare to be able to shine rather than spend its time in Modern Warfare’s shadow.

The Modern Warfare Trilogy Needs to Come to Current Gen

The Modern Warfare games are arguably the best Call of Duty games to be released as well as the most beloved. Fans have wanted a remastered version of the Modern Warfare trilogy for quite some time, yet for whatever reason, Activision has yet to answer the call.

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Activision has released Call of Duty: The Modern Warfare Trilogy for last-gen consoles, yet they haven’t released remastered versions of these classics for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. These games are the pinnacle of the Call of Duty Franchise and yet in a console cycle where companies are constantly pumping out remasters, squeezing games for every penny, Activision only has plans to release the original Modern Warfare in digital format. An an even larger insult to fans, it will only be included with the purchase of the deluxe version of Infinite Warfare. Now Infinite Warfare may end up being a solid game, but the Modern Warfare Trilogy is what caused the “boom” in the franchise and made it the household name that it is. It was after that that Activision decided to release a Call of Duty game once a year. There’s no excuse that the Modern Warfare Trilogy is not getting released on current-gen consoles in high-definition splendor.

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I traded in my Xbox 360 in order to purchase a PlayStation 4. I still have my PlayStation 3 though, and I was thankful that the Modern Warfare trilogy was available for purchase in one package. The campaigns are the best in the series and it has fantastic online play. The problem though is that the online servers aren’t maintained and the games have become riddled with hackers when playing online. It’s incredibly frustrating, because Modern Warfare 2 has the best online play in the series. All three games have fantastic online play in fact. To play these games, free of hackers, with some added content and cheater-free is something fans want. To see the trilogy in such a state (online) is incredibly depressing because these games have some of the best online play Call of Duty has to offer.

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Modern Warfare thrust most first-person games from the World War II era into the modern era, which was a huge shift and a huge risk. Call of Duty has gone stale since then though and is now directionless. Pre-orders for Infinite Warfare are actually some of the lowest in the series. In fact, the trailer for the game is one of the disliked videos in YouTube’s history, which is saying a lot. This may even be an indication of how insulted fans feel about the fact that Modern Warfare is included as a bonus only with the deluxe versions of the game. While Black Ops III did revitalize the series a bit and had strong sales, a release of the Modern Warfare trilogy on current-gen consoles would not only satisfy fans but sell well. It would bring back both old fans, like myself, who have lost interest in the series. It would also bring in new fans who have only heard about the games but haven’t experienced them. Business wise, it’s a no brainer.

Call of Duty needs to go back to its roots and begin anew, and releasing the Modern Warfare trilogy on next-gen consoles would be a huge step towards revitalizing a stale and stagnant series.

Activision is Disrespecting Call of Duty Fans with Modern Warfare’s Release

Call of Duty is a franchise that has grown stale after so many incarnations for over 10 years, minus the Modern Warfare games. Finally, Activision is offering a remaster of one of the best Call of Duty games of all time — Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2 were the pinnacle of Call of Duty and defined the series in many respects, taking the series from the typical World War II setting and bringing it into the modern era. It was both revolutionary and a masterpiece. It had an amazing campaign and killer online multiplayer. Modern Warfare 2 was an extension of this and took things even further. The campaign was nothing short of epic in scale and it took the best parts of the Modern Warfare multiplayer and improved upon it greatly. Modern Warfare 2 was the ultimate Call of Duty game.

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Activision is now offering the original Modern Warfare as a downloadable game, but there’s a catch — you have to buy one of the special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. From a business perspective, this isn’t a bad move because it may drive sales for a franchise many think is stale, regardless of how well sales were for the last Call of Duty installment. From a PR standpoint though, it is a nightmare. Long-time fans of the series are very upset, as they should be. I personally have been waiting for a remaster of the first two Modern Warfare games, but I don’t want to shell out a ridiculous amount of money just to get it. Fans should boycott Infinite Warfare simply on this premise alone. Think of all the money Activision could make if they released Call of Duty 4 on its own without Infinite Warfare? And then Modern Warfare 2? They would make a gold mine. Instead they are only releasing Modern Warfare as a digital download with overpriced versions of Infinite Warfare, which has been teased but may not even be worth the price.

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Modern Warfare was amazing on the PC, it was amazing on consoles, and not releasing the game by itself on a physical disc is a huge mistake Activision will eventually regret. If they were to pull this same stunt with Modern Warfare 2, fans will riot, considering how popular Modern Warfare 2 was and the ridiculous lines I had to wait in when it launched. The first two Modern Warfare games were the best first-person shooter experiences I have ever had, and that’s saying something considering my game library. While Call of Duty 4 isn’t the best selling Call of Duty game, it is the most revolutionary one and is revered as one of the best in the series. It deserves better than a digital pack-in with Activision’s latest Call of Duty, which may be a complete mess. Black Ops III wasn’t a terrible game, but it didn’t feel like Call of Duty. The series has veered off track and a set of remasters of the Modern Warfare trilogy would help put things back on track for long-time fans.

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Activision is being so disrespectful to Call of Duty fans. To only allow fans to purchase Modern Warfare by buying special edition versions of Infinite Warfare, which may be terrible, is a slap in the face to all their loyal followers over the past 10-plus years. If I were to0 buy a special edition of Infinite Warfare, I would simply do it to get the code and sell Infinite Warfare on eBay. It would sell. Activision is taking things way too far this time and I think sales will reflect that. There should be a boycott of Infinite Warfare if Call of Duty 4 is not released on its own, even if it’s just digitally. It’s an outrage. And yes, this is repetitive, but Modern Warfare is simply that good. It’s almost like Activision is trying to revitalize a stale franchise by making this move, knowing that Infinite Warfare isn’t enough on its own. Black Ops III sold decently, with 16 million copies total units sold, and while this is better than the original Modern Warfare, it still pales in comparison to Modern Warfare 2 and 3 and some of the other Black Ops titles in the series. Call of Duty is running on its brand, not necessarily its quality.

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Modern Warfare was revolutionary. It changed the franchise forever and spanned one of the best-selling trilogies in the entire history of the franchise. It was rich with content and had a fun factor that many recent installments in the series lack. Activision is making a huge mistake buy not selling it by itself, and fans need to speak up and take action. That is the only way Activision will ever change their ways.