Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered was announced as a nice perk for folks looking to pick up Infinite Warfare this fall. However, Activision has now confirmed that folks who buy a physical copy of the new game will also need to have their disc loaded in order to play the Modern Warfare campaign.
According to the initial announcement from Activision, Modern Warfare Remastered was confirmed as a digital download, but with the added note that the "game disc must be inserted to play..."
If you're getting a digital version of Infinite Warfare, you'll also be getting the digital version of Modern Warfare Remastered and, obviously, you don't have to worry about having a disc inserted.
For physical copies on the PlayStation 4, you'll get a download code for Modern Warfare with the game disc and, yes, the disc must be inserted to play that bonus campaign.
For the Xbox One crowd, Modern Warfare will actually be on the Infinite Warfare disc itself, but you will have to download some sort of file once the game launches to be able to play it. Obviously, since it's on the disc, you'll need said disc to play it.
On Steam, well, it's a digital game, so you'll just need to buy Infinite Warfare and use the provided Steam key to download Modern Warfare Remastered.
This news has managed to ruffle a few feathers, as some folks see it as unreasonable to tie the digital bonus game to its physical cousin, Infinite Warfare. This may be a measure to discourage folks from buying Infinite Warfare and then reselling it, or there might be a technical reason we're unaware of. Either way, we can't really blame Activision on this one.
It's not hard to imagine a scenario where folks pick up Infinite Warfare, use the code to download Modern Warfare Remastered, and then return Infinite Warfare to the store for nearly full credit. That would be a nightmare situation for both the publisher and, we assume, stores like GameStop. A lot of folks seem unhappy with the futuristic setting of Infinite Warfare, however, so we wouldn't put it past anyone to try a sneaky tactic like the one listed above.
The "easy" answer might be to just offer Modern Warfare Remastered as a separate digital purchase for those who don't want to buy Infinite Warfare to get their hands on it, but that would also mean less people buying the new Call of Duty.
It's a weird situation, obviously, and we can pretty much understand the way both parties view the issue. As for our readers, we'd be interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments below.