Over the weekend, stories began to surface about the upcoming Activision game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Most notably, for those of you that were considering picking up the special editions that were going to coming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. There are probably some of you out there that thought they could get those special edition, get the remastered, and sell it back. That isn’t the case. Activision has thought of that.
Polygon is reporting that all non-digital special editions of the game will require the disc to be in the tray to play the classic game, Activision confirmed. Questions arose when the fine print on the ad for the game stated that the physical game needed to be used to access the Remastered.
According to the site, you will need to fully download the game from the PlayStation Network for the PS4’s physical version of the Infinite Warfare special editions. For Xbox One users, Modern Warfare Remastered is actually on the disc but requires additional download before you can play it.
Oh, did we mention that you need to have an internet connection to play Modern Warfare Remastered?
For the Steam edition, “A Steam key will be provided in the Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare that will provide access to both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered.” The FAQ doesn’t say if the games are accessed separately or if Modern Warfare Remastered is accessed through the Infinite Warfare client.
These distinctions are important as they make clear that not only is buying either the Legacy, Digital Legacy, Legacy Pro or Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare the only way to acquire Modern Warfare Remastered, console users buying the Legacy or Legacy Pro edition must keep their disc if they want to play it. So forget downloading the game you truly want and selling back the one you didn’t.
Going a step further, it appears that the 30-day preview of Modern Warfare Remastered‘s campaign is limited only to those who pre-purchase a digital edition including it on PlayStation Store. The preview enticement was offered to PlayStation 4 owners back at E3 where it was assumed that the physical editions (Legacy and Legacy Pro) would be included. There is a Digital Legacy Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition for PS4.
So it would seem that Activision knows exactly what people want and will thwart any change they have to keep the classic game and ditch the new space-age version. There are many of you out there that are most likely going digital anyways, so this is not a big deal. However, many people that will cry foul will be the ones that planned on cheating the system. So you guys are out of luck.