Yesterday, Activision officially unveiled Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was cool and all, but hardly unexpected. Activision releasing a new CoD every year is as predictable as the tides. More exciting was the announcement that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the game that transformed CoD into the money-printing machine it is today, would be getting an official remake.
The debut Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer revealed the remastered version of Modern Warfare will be available to those who pre-order the “Legacy Edition” of Infinite Warfare, but what about those nostalgic folks who just want to buy Modern Warfare on its own without the new game? Well, apparently they’re out of luck.
According to an FAQ on Activision’s website, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will only be available through the Legacy, Digital Deluxe and Legacy Pro editions of Infinite Warfare. For the record, the Legacy, Digital Deluxe, and Legacy Pro editions cost $80, $100, and $120 apiece.
Is this a rare business mistake on Activision’s part? They could easily sell Modern Warfare Remastered on its own for full-price, but I’m guessing they don’t want to split their audience. Call of Duty is all about the online multiplayer, so they don’t want half their audience to abandon their latest game in favor of a remake. By packaging things the way they are, they ensure everybody ends up with a copy of Infinite Warfare.
What do you think? If Modern Warfare Remastered was offered as a standalone title, would you buy it instead of Infinite Warfare? Or is offering it as a bonus with Infinite Warfare the right way to go?