Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will not be sold separately

A premium version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is your ticket to revisiting Call of Duty 4.

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Despite continuing to sell millions of copies, the past few iterations of Call of Duty haven't posted numbers in line with earlier, vaunted entries like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and 2009's Modern Warfare 2. Activision knows millions of players would pay a pretty penny to relive those glory days—that's why you'll only be able to get Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered in premium editions of this fall's Infinite Warfare game.

The news comes directly from Activision, which posted an FAQ to outline the changes differentiating 2007's Modern Warfare from this year's impending remaster. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a full campaign and 10 multiplayer maps from the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare game remastered in stunning high-definition, featuring next generation textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more to bring a new generation experience to fans."

Activision went on to explicitly state that Modern Warfare Remastered would be sold in the Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which will run you $80, $100, and $120, respectively.

"You must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered," Activision stated simply.

Unsurprisingly, Modern Warfare Remastered, being developed by Raven and executive-produced by original developer Infinity Ward, will only be made available as a digital download, most likely by way of a code.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 2, 2016 1:07 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will not be sold separately

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      May 2, 2016 1:13 PM

      Well there goes all of my interest.

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        May 2, 2016 1:38 PM

        By doing this it feels like they're saying their game isn't good enough to sell itself. Why else limit the sales of a remaster that's basically guaranteed to print money?

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          May 2, 2016 1:50 PM

          Because it would take away sales from the new game so there wouldn't really be any boost to revenue.

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          May 2, 2016 1:55 PM

          It's a marketing ploy. They're hoping lapsed fans will pay top dollar for a version of Infinite Warfare that includes CoD4 Remastered, and they know diehard fans will pay top dollar to get all the extra goodies plus a modern edition of CoD4.

          All this so they can invariably tout Infinite Warfare as the best-selling CoD of all time.

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        May 2, 2016 2:00 PM

        Yeah. I might have grabbed it separately as I don't have the original MW on Steam. I played it once on the Xbox 360 but that's about it. Never spent time with the multiplayer as I hated gamepad controls.

        They could still sell it separately later on of course, perhaps they will after the sales for this bundled version die off. They could pretty much do a second launch in a few months and get a whole other round of free press.

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      May 2, 2016 2:02 PM

      I could see this changing 6 months after the game is out and having it sold separately. It makes sense at launch to get people to buy the new game that wouldn't otherwise.

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      May 2, 2016 2:14 PM

      The only reason they're doing this is because they know that MW sold alone will destroy the sales of IW, and they just can't have that. Asshats.

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      May 2, 2016 2:15 PM

      That really sucks. Why not just put it on Origin for $30? I mean I'm not buying Infinite Warfare and if I do it'll be like two years from now when it's on sale for $20.

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      May 2, 2016 11:40 PM

      Well that now limits the audience to a fraction of Infinite Warfare purchases. Great.

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      May 3, 2016 12:14 AM

      Until it is. Because they want to make money off of it and it has been just barley long enough not to piss everyone off.

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      May 3, 2016 6:54 AM

      In that case I hope it can be pirated separately.