Activision announced that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release is real. The game was originally leaked by a physical copy popping up at Target stores, but Activision has confirmed that the game is coming as a standalone release for the PS4 for $39.99.
In a press release, the company announced that PS4 owners will be able to pick up a digital or physical copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered starting next Tuesday, June 27th . The game will be available at local retailers nationwide for those who would like to own the packaged game, or it will be possible to download a digital copy of the title from the PlayStation Store using your PlayStation Network ID. As revealed over on the official website, the standalone does not come with the variety map pack DLC.
The game will be available first as a timed exclusive on the PlayStation 4. The press release notes that after the game releases on Sony's console, it will then be followed up with a release on the Xbox One and PC. There was no mention if the PC version would get a standalone physical release, but it seems unlikely given that the real bread and butter for computer games is on Steam.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will feature the game's full campaign mode along with the multiplayer mode, featuring all of the game's classic 16 competitive PvP maps remastered with higher quality textures and higher LOD meshes. The game also retains the classic 60 frames per second gameplay that made the series so popular back in the day, leading all the way up to the current iteration of the series.
Originally, Activision had Raven Software's remaster of the game packaged into the Deluxe Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. There was no way to get the game separately without buying the sci-fi first-person outing of Call of Duty, which released last November in 2016. A lot of fans were really angry at this move because they felt it was Activision's way of forcing people to buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
In fact, Activision announced the bundle pack after the reveal trailer for Infinite Warfare caught a lot of ire from gamers. The community had become fatigued on the sci-fi genre and were more-so looking for something new from Infinity Ward after several years of back-to-back futuristic warfare games. The initial announcement trailer for Infinite Warfare ended up becoming one of the most downvoted trailers in the history of YouTube.
In order to bolster interest in the game, Activision coupled Infinite Warfare with the remastered edition of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was one of the most popular games when it released a decade ago for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The real kicker was that the bundle pack was being sold for $100, forcing gamers to fork over money for Infinite Warfare if they wanted to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
Some people are a bit peeved that they will once again have to fork over cash to get their hands on the remastered version of the game instead of being able to just buy it separately last year. Others are just happy that they no longer need Infinite Warfare to play one of the most popular shooter games from the seventh generation.