Video game publisher Activision declares the release of the first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered to be its “biggest bonus content” yet.
Next week, starting on September 2 in Los Angeles, California, Activision is prepared to ramp up its hype machine even more so for the forthcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Infinite Warfare at the company’s fan event for the franchise known as Call of Duty XP. Those in attendance will be privy to to watch the finals of the Call of Duty World Championships, play games from the series, as well as receive first-hand accounts of news regarding what one can expect from Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered when they launch this fall.
When discussing the event with GamesBeat, Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg touched on the ambition, care, and attention to detail that went into the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and stated how the company wanted to give the community the game as a huge gift by pairing it with Infinite Warfare. Instead of offering up physical items with the upcoming collector’s editions like with past Call of Duty games, Activision desired changing the formula a bit by allowing the forthcoming futuristic shooter to come with an entirely separate game, with Hirshberg calling it the company’s “biggest bonus content ever.”
“It’s our biggest bonus content ever, our most valuable bonus content. We’ve had collector’s editions that have been creative and well-received. But this is taking the place of things in the past like night-vision goggles or GoPro cameras or Juggernaut refrigerators for your game room. This year we’re offering an entire remastered, beautiful version of one of the greatest games of all time.”
Taking into account the fact that it apparently took lots of effort to accomplish putting out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, GamesBeat pointed out that it seems as if Infinity Ward actually benefited from the change to a three-year development cycle in order to make it work. As it happens, Activision’s active studios producing Call of Duty titles now each have extended time to create the shooters than in the past.
Hirshberg agreed that the lengthened development cycle was necessary in order to complete Modern Warfare Remastered while also developing Infinite Warfare‘s Zombies mode. Regarding the matter, the Activision CEO said, “Certainly we never would have been able to offer [Zombies] in the same collector’s edition SKU alongside Modern Warfare Remastered if we didn’t have that extra time to get this stuff right.”
As previously mentioned, Modern Warfare Remastered will not be sold separately from Infinite Warfare‘s premium versions, so fans will have to pony up at least $80 for the most inexpensive copy in order to get the remastered title. Bearing that in mind, while it’s obvious that a lot of gamers will lay their money down in order to try out Infinity Ward’s space-themed entry in the franchise and get Modern Warfare Remastered, some fans are of the opinion that Activision is making a mistake in not selling the two games as releases independent of one another.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered releases alongside the special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.