An early online listing has seemingly leaked a standalone release for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
Last year, Activision surprised everyone when they announced that Call of Duty 4 was being remastered and released alongside Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Call of Duty 4 is one of my all time favorite games and a remaster was one of the few things that Call of Duty could have done to regain my attention. Call of Duty 4 was wildly popular from 2007 to 2009 and it maintained a decent player base for years later until it became devastated by hackers. The announcement was met with universal excitement and then Activision immediately obliterated 95% of its hype when they announced it would only be sold with the “Legacy edition” of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
If you wanted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, you had to pay $80 to get it alongside a game that a rather large group of people didn’t even want in a fairly confusing move. People wanted a Call of Duty 4 remaster, they didn’t want another future/space warfare game but you couldn’t have Call of Duty 4 without the future/space game; stupid. Activision should have either released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone from launch or released it as the only Call of Duty title last year. Once again, it felt like Activision just completely missed the mark. At the very least, it looks like the standalone release is actually coming.
When the announcement about the Legacy edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was made, most people generally accepted that we would likely see a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release at some point in the future, like right now. Apparently, GameFly preemptively listed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on its website a couple days back. The listing suggests that the game will release as a standalone title for Playstation 4 on June 20th and Xbox One (and PC?) on July 20th. The listing would make sense as the timing matches up for a nice little surprise announcement at E3 in June.
The curious thing from here would be what Activision plans to price the standalone game at. This is a remastered game that, while it certainly looks much improved from the original title, is really just an upgraded skin. I can’t imagine that this game would cost any more than $30 but who the hell knows with Activision. I mean, they did just rerelease the remastered version of the original Call of Duty 4 DLC map pack for $5 more than its original price. As much as I wanted to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered last year, I was not going to be forced to pay $80 for a game I didn’t even want in order to play it. If this standalone release is coming and it’s going to have a reasonable price point, I’m in.