In the last few weeks of leaks and following the official reveal for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered, I’ve heard more talk about the remade version of the classic than what Infinity Ward is working on for the new game.
Activision apparently has, too, and there’s been some discussion about what happens if fans wind up playing Modern Warfare Remastered more than Infinite Warfare.
Forbes caught up with Rob Kostich, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Call of Duty, and asked him directly about this. He said the company isn’t worried about that potential, and then offered that “We’re thrilled they’re going to be playing a lot of Call of Duty this year.”
“If you think about it, basically they scratch two different itches…You’re gonna scratch the kind of more nostalgia Modern Warfare itch with the remaster, but all the kinda cool new stuff in Infinite Warfare is really exciting too. Obviously the Infinite Warfare experience is big with all the new bells and whistles, but it’ll be fun to go back to Modern Warfare multiplayer as well.”
I don’t really think Activision cares here, thanks to the way they’re selling the game. If you want to play Modern Warfare Remastered, you have to buy the Legacy version of Infinite Warfare. That’s going to sell for $79.99, or $20 more than just Infinite Warfare.
This is a yearly series. Activision doesn’t care if you buy the bundle for $80 and only touch the old stuff. They’re only going to ship it with 10 maps, so they could possibly make money by selling more as DLC down the line. Then the new game will be out, and they’ll move on. Or, if it’s really worth it, they’ll find another way to monetize the remaster.
Either way, you still have to spend $80 to get it.