What stood out about the announcement of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the bundling of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered with the premium editions. Players hoping to revisit Modern Warfare in higher fidelity have to buy Infinite Warfare; the game will not be available on its own.
"We thought it would be a perfect opportunity to celebrate Call of Duty and the community, where we're going and where we've been and bring it together in one package," Call of Duty franchise general manager Rob Kostich told Forbes. "We've heard the community loud and clear the last couple of years."
The lack of standalone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered could been seen as a lack of faith in Infinite Warfare. Sales of the franchise peaked with Modern Warfare 3, the third and final installment in the Modern Warfare saga. Since then, the publisher has yet to create another strong sub-brand within the franchise and even Black Ops has started to lose its new unique substance.
Kostich explained that now was the right time for the bundle because Infinity Ward is at the helm of this year's Call of Duty and the studio was responsible for the smash hit that was Modern Warfare. The remaster of MW is being handled by Activision subsidiary Raven Software.
"If you think about it, basically they scratch two different itches," Infinity Ward studio head Dave Stohl said. "You're gonna scratch the kind of more nostalgia Modern Warfare itch with the remaster, but all the kinda cool new stuff in Infinite Warfare is really exciting too. Obviously the Infinite Warfare experience is big with all the new bells and whistles, but it'll be fun to go back to Modern Warfare multiplayer as well."
"It was important for us to be authentic to what fans want," Kostich explained. "We're thrilled they're going to be playing a lot of Call of Duty this year."