Activision puts an end to speculation with the official announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, which is set to be bundled with Infinite Warfare.
Over the past couple of weeks, there's been rampant speculation that a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was in the works. Today, Activision has confimed those rumors to be true, stating that the re-release is being handled by its subsidiary Raven Software.
First released in 2007, Modern Warfare was something of a turning point for the Call of Duty franchise. As the subtitle suggests, it was the first installment to be set in the present day, which was a major factor in the way that mainstream audiences latched onto the series and made it such a hit.
At the time of its release, audiences were tiring of shooters set in World War II — Modern Warfare flipped the script, and produced a legion of copycats in the process. More than 15 million copies of the game have been sold to date, and that number is sure to swell even further when the remaster hits later this year.
The game will release under the title 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered'. It looks set to be a complete overhaul, featuring new animations, lighting effects, texture work and revamped audio — it's clear that Activision is sparing no expense, and that should please fans.
The full campaign mode will be included in the release, but there's a compromise when it comes to multiplayer. In an effort not to step on the toes of the new Call of Duty and split the player base, online competition will be restricted to ten 'fan-favorite' multiplayer maps.
This decision is sure to cause controversy, as players will likely have conflicting opinions as to which maps should be included. Activision revealed three that made the cut earlier today; Crash, Backlot and Crossfire are all confirmed to be included in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
The remaster will be available as part of three special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Edition costs $80 and includes both games, the Digital Deluxe Edition costs $100 and contains both games and the Infinite Warfare season pass, and the Legacy Pro Edition features all that content plus steelbook packaging, the game's soundtrack, and some bonus digital items.
Many will be pleased by this announcement, but it also prompts a serious question — if Activision is resorting to remasters of its greatest hits, is the Call of Duty franchise running on borrowed time?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is set to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 4, 2015.