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.