So the trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came out last week, and the general consensus (and my that, I mean over one million dislikes) seems to be that the game looks crap. It seems to mainly be the futuristic setting. I’m not a CoD player at all, so I couldn’t care less. My contribution to that is that I think the name is hilarious. No, what I’m here to talk about is the other thing people hate about the trailer, which is linked to how much people seem to not like Infinite Warfare — you have to buy a collector’s edition of Infinite Warfare to get a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. You can’t get it anywhere else. Yes, really.
So right off the bat, there’s the fact that it’s packaged with anything at all! Now, I personally don’t have a problem with the futuristic setting of Infinite Warfare. Heck, I think that, visually, it looks pretty cool! But the “futuristic fatigue” is strong with this entry, and it’s very clear that many, dare I say most, CoD players want the series to go back to modern times. Activision knows this and I doubt that doesn’t factor into the package deal. Releasing Modern Warfare separately would’ve allowed for them to please everybody… but it would also mean weaker sales for Infinite Warfare. And while there are people saying they won’t buy Infinite Warfare, wasn’t there supposed to be a Modern Warfare 2 boycott? I, and Acitivision, will believe it when I see it. This ploy seems to be a way for Activision to boost the sales of Infinte Warfare, a game that may have suffered from lower sales.
There’s also the obvious problem of this being insanely greedy when it comes to pushing the collector’s editions. Collector’s editions are, usually, supposed to be something extra for fans of the series but disposable for non-fans. Think the Death’s Mask thing from Darksiders II that I still have sitting around because I kept buying collector’s editions around that time. But in this case, it’s just too much. Yes, you could say that the CoD 4 remaster could technically still be that; something for fans of the series. But the CoD 4 remaster is a fully fledged game, one that many, many people have wanted for a while. But the fact that you can’t get it another way comes off as Activision pushing their collector’s editions immensely hard. Just fore reference, here Australia, the Legacy Edition goes for $130 and the Legacy Pro Edition goes for $170, while the regular goes for $100. It doesn’t help that a lot of collector’s editions, at least here in Australia, are only available via pre-order. I’m sure the Legacy Edition will be like the limited edition of Crysis 3 and will be everywhere, but we shouldn’t be discussing this at all.
The other thing that’s wrong with it is that this is Call of Duty 4! I admit to having no love for the franchise, but even I know that Modern Warfare was a landmark entry in the FPS genre and shaped an entire generation of video games. And a remastering of that video game should be available for everybody to buy on its own. This isn’t just Activision making a money grab (an incredibly transparent one at that), it’s disrespectful to CoD.
So there it is, that’s why this entire Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remaster thing bugs me. It’s just greedy and disrespectful to both the original game and gamers as a whole. It’s a genuine surprise from Activision, who historically haven’t been as bad as some of the other big publishers. But I guess Harvey Dent was right: you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.