The hype was high when leaks surfaced about the possibility of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster coming out. When it was sited on a South Korean rating list and later listed on a PSN, rumors became truth.
All the surprise surrounding the latest Call of Duty remaster is like a ballon that has been rapidly deflated. Not because everyone was aware of the game releasing, but because the way it was released. PS4 users had the first crack at it, with Xbox One and PC players getting their chance a month from now.
This shouldn’t have been such a huge shock, since PlayStation has been favored by Activision for quite some time now. However, it seems people are extremely frustrated with what the major publisher has done. I don’t understand why.
Those people complaining that Activision launched this remaster as a timed exclusive during a pandemic, make no sense. It’s only the campaign, which most CoD players have already been through. Call of Duty campaigns are typically short, lasting not longer that 10 hours.
The outrage would be more justifiable if the remaster also included multiplayer. That’s possibly hundreds of hours of playtime, especially if they added the ability to reset your stats and prestige.
Activision didn’t add multiplayer on purpose, knowing that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of their most played multiplayers. This would take away from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone player base, which isn’t what Activision wants. Mostly because they won’t make much money off of microtransactions.
Either they’ll launch the multiplayer later as a standalone or not at all. Hopefully they will release a multiplayer remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. That’s highly unlikely, since they’re more concerned with making profit off of new titles.
Also, players don’t want to deal with several multiplayer Call of Duty’s riddled with microtransactions. You can only spend so much money. So either they won’t spend money at all or spend it on one game. It would be silly of Activision to release another multiplayer, since they won’t make any money off of it through microtransactions.
I use my PS4 more than anything, but I can’t justify spending $20 on half a game I’ll blow through in 6–8 hours. However, for those who do want to re-play or play it for the first time, it’s incredibly tone-deaf of Activision to release it as an exclusive during these tough times.
Hopefully players will see through the fog of exclusivity and realize it doesn’t matter. Stay safe everyone.