As it stands, remastered versions of classic titles have made up a significant portion of the titles available on new generation consoles. Often, these updated versions were games released near the end of the old gen console run, given a new lease of life with a new set of players. Some of these remastered editions have been tremendous successes, with the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Grand Theft Auto V gaining tremendous plaudits for their wealth of new features, including the highly anticipated first person mode.
Alongside the likes of GTA V, the Tomb Raider reboot, and Diablo III, there are several more HD upgrades in the pipeline. Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is currently set for release June 23, with Capcom planning to make remasters a large part of its business strategy. Meanwhile, Square Enix is also looking to bring one of its most popular games to a brand new generation of gamers, with a remake of PlayStation classic Final Fantasy 7.
From the sound of it, however, there is another hugely popular series looking to join the remaster phenomenon. Call of Duty, the incredibly successful first person shooter series, is apparently under consideration for remastered versions of its most popular titles. According to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, who was speaking with Game Informer, the company has discussed bringing older Call of Duty games to the current generation of consoles.
Hirshberg explained that, if done well, he feels that remasters can be a great addition to a console’s library. “People have such connection to the games they love from the last cycle,” said Hirshberg. “They want to see what it would look like if someone did it right for this cycle.” Hirshberg also cited two games from the Call of Duty franchise in particular that he would like to see remastered. “I would love to play Modern Warfare 1 or the original Black Ops,” Hirshberg said. “There’s certainly a deep well there.”
At the moment, however, it looks as though there are no finite plans in place. “It’s always the opportunity cost,” said the Activision CEO, “meaning we need every body we can get to make the content we’re already committed to for our new games.” It certainly seems as though Modern Warfare or Black Ops remastered could be on the cards, however. Hirshberg added that there were “no announcements, but it’s something we talk about and think about a lot.”
The idea of updated versions of Call of Duty’s bestsellers is one that bucks the trend of the current remastered titles. After all, the first Modern Warfare title was released back in 2007, with Black Ops released for the old generation in 2010. Although other older titles have also seen HD upgrades, it remains to be seen whether such a move is necessary – after all, with Microsoft’s announcement of backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, Call of Duty fans will be clamouring for the series’ titles to be included in the console’s library. Let’s see what steps Activision takes, and whether these remasters do enter development.
Source: Game Informer