For those of you gaming on last-gen platforms with a hankering for a boatload of FPS action, you might have a little something to look forward to this week. According to a posting by Best Buy, a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy is due to launch this week.
We're chalking this one up to rumor for the moment, as Activision has said nothing about a Call of Duty compilation and, if the Best Buy listing is to be believed, the game is due out this Tuesday, May 17. It's a pretty believable rumor, though, as this is a legitimate retailer and they've even got a picture of the box art on the page. But, again, the release date is just a couple of days off and Activision hasn't said word one about this, so we're going to hold off celebrating until either they do so or the game appears with zero pomp and circumstance on store shelves.
According to the listing, this package will set you back an extremely reasonable $30 and is only available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. I thought anyone who wanted to play these games would have done so years ago at this point, but it looks like Activision may believe there are a few more future fans in the gaming audience. This would also be a pretty good way to get newer gamers primed and ready for the recently announced Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
This Call of Duty Trilogy sports three games, including Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. As an added bonus, the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus map pack will be included in the game. It's a three-disc set and, again, it's only available for last-gen consoles. If anything official is going to come from Activision on this, we expect it within the next 24 hours or so. Otherwise, surprise!
Of course, there will at least be one way to revisit old-school Modern Warfare on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and that's for folks who pick up Infinite Warfare this fall. The latest shooter in the series is set in the future and will come with a special throwback, boasting an enhanced version of the original Modern Warfare, complete with 10 multiplayer maps.
What's interesting to me is how negative the community's reaction to this was, spurred on by how much they apparently are displeased with the future setting of the new game. I still argue that most modern generation remakes go for about full price, so there shouldn't really be a problem here. You don't have to look at it as Activision “forcing” folks to buy Infinite Warfare to get the Modern Warfare remake as a free bonus. Instead, look at it as you're buying that remake for what you'd be charged for it anyway and you're getting Infinite Warfare as a free bonus. Does that sting a little less?