An official Q&A on Activision's site confirms that the newly revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will not be sold separately from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The recent unveiling for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has left many longtime followers of the series excited for some space-based combat. While the new title looks like it could very well be the best entry yet from a visual perspective, Activision also confirmed that it will be remastering the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game was initially leaked through some ads that claimed it will ship as part of Infinite Warfare's 'Legacy Edition', and, contrary to popular belief, it sounds as if it may stay that way.
In the official 'Question and Answer' section for Modern Warfare Remastered, Activision confirmed that the game will only be made available through the purchase of the aforementioned Legacy Edition. The first question in the Q&A that leads to this clarification simply reads: "How can I get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered?" The answer to this is sure to upset those hoping to simply access the game separately.
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is only available through the Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare."
Further driving this point home, the following question on Activision's site asks: "Can I play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered without buying Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare?" The definitive answer to this is:
"No, you must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered."
Given the popularity of Modern Warfare – a game that many herald as the defining installment in the Call of Duty franchise – the decision to package it exclusively with the newest iteration of the series is sure to leave some consumers miffed. With that said, this thought process does make a lot of sense when considering that this remaster could have cannibalized sales of Infinite Warfare. Therefore, making it a paid-for-part of the newest title isn't all that shocking.
Given that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is only set to ship with 10 multiplayer maps, the slightly inflated price for it alongside the newest iteration of the franchise makes sense. Given the demand that surrounded a remake of Modern Warfare 2, however, the desire longtime followers of the series have to play the original game with some extra polish is sure to be incredibly high.
Even then, it's possible that this decision won't be a permanent solution, and it could pop up as a digital download later on. Of course, that's not the current gameplan as of this writing.