When Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare released in November 2016, deluxe editions of the game were bundled with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, a current-gen version of one of the most influential multiplayer shooters of all time. Fans of the classic were angered to find out that they had to purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to replay their favorite game, but a leak from Target could hint that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered might be getting a standalone release.
A tipster working at a Target store took pictures of a PS4 case that only showed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and sent them to Charlie Intel. According to Charlie Intel, further investigation reveals a release date and pricing. For PS4, this standalone version will release on June 27 (next week), while the Xbox One release will come out on July 27 for $39.99.
When the Infinite Warfare bundles released last year, the reception was not as positive as Activision had hoped. The campaign received praise, but fans did not like the direction the series was going since the announcement trailer. For fans playing Modern Warfare Remastered, Activision has supported the game over the past several months, adding bonus content in the forms of new character models like female soldiers and new weapons.
The next entry in the Call of Duty series brings the franchise back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII goes back to World War II while only focusing on the European side of the war. The class system is revamped, combat will be slower paced with 20th Century weaponry, and there is a big focus on the campaign. There are two separate stories for the players to explore: one for single player and a different story specifically for co-operative gameplay.
Ever since Modern Warfare Remastered was announced, fans have been hoping for a standalone release. There is a good portion of the audience who bought Infinite Warfare just to play the remaster, and there are other fans that opted out of the package altogether. Activision is finally giving fans what they want, but unfortunately, it might be seven months too late.