About a month after the Variety Map Pack launched for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4, the DLC has come to Xbox One and PC; however, it has reopened the wound, so to speak, for fans that feel like the remastered DLC’s price tag is a little too steep.
The Variety Map Pack will run players $15, and gives them access to four remastered maps: Broadcast, Chinatown, Creek, and Killhouse. But what is catching the ire of fans is the fact that this DLC for Modern Warfare Remastered costs $5 more than the same content did in 2008 when it came to the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Granted, the remastered DLC also includes 10 “Rare” supply drops, guaranteeing players unique cosmetic items that would normally have been unlocked through gameplay or by spending money. But is that enough to justify the price tag that’s even higher than the original? Many are saying no.
A big sticking point is the fact that the accepted standard for remastered games is that they usually include all the DLC for free as part of the initial price. Games like Skyrim Special Edition, The Last of Us Remastered, and Bioshock: The Collection all contained every piece of content made for those games straight off the bat. But Modern Warfare Remastered has done it differently, issuing paid DLC post-launch, just as the original game did. Add to it a price point even higher than the original DLC for practically the same content (just at a higher visual fidelity), and it’s hard for fans not to feel like Activision is cashing in on its playerbase.
Modern Warfare Remastered has gotten a bad rap with gamers ever since it was announced because many saw it as a cash cow for Activision. The only way for fans to get their hands on the landmark game was to purchase the $80 Legacy Edition of last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. And, that still remains the only way to buy the game—Activision has yet to offer the game separately on its own, and copies of Infinite Warfare are holding firm at the game’s launch prices.
It’s unknown if that will change with the imminent announcement of Call of Duty WW2, but many of the decisions concerning Modern Warfare Remastered have left a bad taste in fans’ mouths.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as bundled content with the Legacy Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.