After over six months being restricted to certain special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, rumours recently started to surface that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, last year’s current-gen re-release of 2007’s extensively beloved military shooter, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, would soon be sold as a standalone package. Activision has confirmed today that these rumours were accurate, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will soon be sold separately for those who didn’t want to purchase at least the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Legacy Edition to get ahold of it. Better still, the standalone remaster will arrive as soon as next week too, specifically on Tuesday, June 27th!
There is however a caveat to that imminent launch of the standalone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, namely that it will only be one platform that gets the standalone game to start. Only the PlayStation 4 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be sold standalone for now, at retail and digitally via the PlayStation Store, next week, for $39.99 USD/$49.99 CDN. The Xbox One and PC editions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will eventually follow suit, though they won’t be separated from the Legacy Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare until some time later.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare originally released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2007, with a separate portable build also releasing for Nintendo DS, before the main console build of the game also expanded to a Wii release in 2009. It was hailed as an instant classic at the time of its original build, and one of the best games of 2007, single-handedly catapulting the Call of Duty franchise to triple-A gaming dominance.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered by contrast was well-received by critics for the most part during its own debut for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year, though drew extensive criticism from fans and pundits alike after it was announced that the game would be restricted as a bonus for the somewhat pricey Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Legacy Edition. The remaster drew even more criticism when multiplayer DLC maps were carved out and re-sold at an increased price compared to the original PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 builds of the game, and when microtransactions were also put into the remaster, after they were never present in the original game build from 2007. This backlash has led to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered being met with harsh user reviews on all three platforms, most notably leading to both it and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare being branded with mostly negative Steam reviews. At the very least, this standalone release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered should alleviate one of these concerns.
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