At the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles, Activision confirms that all 16 of the original Call of Duty 4 maps will be available in Modern Warfare Remastered.
When Activision first announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the game was met with both excitement and confusion. On one hand, fans were excited for a chance to relive one of best games of the last generation with improved graphics, but on the other hand, Activision was making some divisive choices about the game. For example, the decision to make Modern Warfare Remastered available only through Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was controversial, as was the announcement that it would only feature 10 multiplayer maps. While fans will still need to pick up the Legacy Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to get their hands on the remaster, Activision has announced that all of Call of Duty 4's 16 maps are getting a facelift now, and will be included in the game.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg made the announcement during the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles. He also explained that even though all 16 Call of Duty 4 maps are making a comeback, not all of them will be available at launch. The 10 maps originally confirmed for the remaster will be available on November 4th, with the other six released in December as DLC.
The knee-jerk reaction some might have to this news is that Activision is trying to milk its consumers for more money by selling the rest of the maps as post-launch DLC. On the contrary, all six of the remaining maps will be added to the game as a free update. This move gives Modern Warfare Remastered some added value and should go a long way in appeasing veteran Call of Duty fans that are not yet sold on the Infinite Warfare concept.
So now that fans no longer have to guess which maps will be available to them come November 4th, only one question about the remaster remains: Does it do the original justice? As our hands-on preview of Modern Warfare Remastered's multiplayer attests, the revamped classic is an identical gameplay experience to the 2007 original, with the only real differences being the improved graphics and some redesigned menus. Therefore, it's reasonable to assume that anyone that liked it the first time around will probably find a little bit more to like about Modern Warfare Remastered.
With hands-on sessions of the game at the Call of Duty XP event being mostly positive and all 16 original Call of Duty 4 maps coming to Modern Warfare Remastered instead of the 10 maps promised before, it's fair to say that fans have good reason to be excited. Even if some remain unconvinced that Infinite Warfare is the Call of Duty experience they want, it seems like Modern Warfare Remastered may end up being worth the price of admission by itself.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered will be available on November 4th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.