For those of you planning to answer the call of duty with Advanced Warfare on Nov. 3, but fear diving into a game on a last gen console when you might be getting a shiny new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for Christmas, Activision is here to save the day. For a limited time, you’ll be able to upgrade your digital purchases of the latest Call of Duty at no additional charge.
We saw similar systems at play last year, when several big name games were launching around the same time as Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles. In those cases, even physical copies were included in some of the upgrade programs but, a year into the new console cycle, Activision is only willing to stretch their kindness so far.
It’s actually a pretty simple system, which they’ve highlighted in a handy-dandy FAQ on the game’s official website. For the Xbox 360, you can buy any digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and transfer that purchase over to your Xbox One whenever you make the upgrade. The same goes for the PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 shift but, unlike with the Xbox, it actually works in reverse, too. Advanced Warfare is a cross-buy game for Sony consoles, so you could simply buy it on either your PS3 or PS4 and have it available for download on the other at no additional charge.
See? Told you it was easy.
This transfer also works for the season pass, as well as any other digital content you purchase for the game. There are a couple of catches, however. For starters, the offer is only good until March 31 of 2015. So if you buy Advanced Warfare for a last gen console this November, you’ve got just shy of five months to upgrade to a new console and not need to buy your first-person shooter a second time. Also, and this probably goes without saying, but the offer doesn’t work across console families, according to Activision. So you can’t buy Advanced Warfare for the PS3 and transfer your digital game to the Xbox One. That would require alchemy beyond our wildest imaginings.
For more specifics on how to actually procure your upgraded version of the game, you’ll want to check out that FAQ linked above, as Activision provides instructions for both consoles. There are also answers to questions regarding certain pre-order and console-specific content, and how that will be transferred over. Additionally, Sledgehammer talks about some of the new upgrades and features that you will be able to experience in the multiplayer modes with some dev commentary below.
Finally, for all of you worried about losing proof of all of your leet skillz, Activision assures us that all of the game’s stat tracking is handled online and, once you make the upgrade, your precious KDR will be present and accounted for.