Thousands of Call of Duty fans are adding their names to a petition asking for a remastered edition of Modern Warfare 2.
Call of Duty doesn't enjoy the same kind of significance that it had in 2009. Back then, the franchise was hitting its stride, and gamers were purchasing copies in record numbers. It even set a Guinness World Record for "the most successful entertainment launch of all time."
And even though the game is half-a-decade old, Modern Warfare 2 isn't dead yet. In fact, judging from the 55,000 signatures on a recent Change.org petition, many gamers are just getting started.
The petition's author, an Australian gamer named Ramez Zahra, is hoping Activision will rerelease Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Here's how the petition is worded:
I speak for every one when I say that Modern Warfare 2 was one of Activision's best game. Just a fun & enjoyable game that really gives you that nostalgic feeling. The guns, maps, kill streaks were just incredible. At the moment mw2 for the ps3 & xbox is just overrun by hackers. If they remaster the game, & sort a couple things out (e.g noob tubing)it would make a lot of people happy.
I'm not usually the nit-picky type, but I feel like I should point out a few factual errors in this petition. First, the letter is addressed to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and "C.E.O of Infinity Ward Jason West." However, West never held the CEO position. He worked as the company's president and Chief Technology Officer. Co-Founder Vince Zampella was Infinity Ward's Chief Executive Officer.
Second, West and Zampella were fired in 2010 for "breaches of contract and insubordination." The dismissals happened just after Activision discovered that the duo was meeting with Electronic Arts to discuss a possible publishing deal.
Shortly after the firing, the pair filed a lawsuit against Activision, claiming the publisher withheld royalties from Infinity Ward employees. The suit originally sought $36 million in damages, a number that would pass $1 billion as the franchise's popularity grew.
When news of firings made it back to Infinity Ward, 46 employees resigned, 35 of whom would end up working at Respawn Entertainment, West and Zampella's new EA-backed studio. Titanfall, the studio's first game, hit the market in 2014.
However, West retired from video game development in 2013, citing "family issues."
Part of me would love to see Activision take this petition seriously, but that's probably not going to happen. In the long run, publishers make more money on new games than rereleases. And since a new Call of Duty title is released every year, releasing a second game, like MW2, could potentially split the fan base.
Plus, Activision would much rather keep people excited about upcoming games than fixating on the past.