It’s been rumoured about for months — almost a year — and we’ve seen the entire original trilogy join the backwards compatibility ranks on Xbox One, but we may finally be getting what we’ve all been asking about for so long: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.
Back in 2018 when Activision and Treyarch lifted the lid on Black Ops 4, I long thought to myself that the only way I could ever get back into Call of Duty — and especially a new Black Ops game — was if it included a remastered version of what is arguably the best Call of Duty game ever, or at least the best Modern Warfare game.
Interestingly, when rumours of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered first surfaced, just as they have now, they included murmurs of it being a campaign-only release: a remaster of one of the greatest multiplayer games of all time, but without the multiplayer component to back it up.
One just had to wonder at the time what Activision’s end game was: who could possibly sign off on a campaign-only remaster of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered? It just doesn’t make sense as to why you would not include multiplayer, in a game that did so well BECAUSE OF ITS MULTIPLAYER!
Don’t get me wrong: Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign is pretty great. But I’m not buying it again to play through its 5-hour campaign for some refined textures and environments.
It seems that, just as was the case around the time Black Ops 4 was announced, Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is in fact the real deal, but it appears set to only be the campaign offering.
Reported this morning, a PEGI rating out of Europe points to the campaign being remastered for PS4, suggesting timed exclusively with the platform ahead of a release on Xbox One and PC.
It goes without saying that at this point, pending an official reveal, that we should take a rating as such with a grain of salt, but PEGI reports and ratings are generally if not always accurate, given they appear only when a game has actually been given a rating ahead of release.
The rating has been taken down since having first been spotted and reported upon, but we’re at a position now where Modern Warfare 2 Remastered appears almost a given, regardless as to whether it has multiplayer or not.
It is somewhat concerning, however, that, as has been reported over at Den Of Geek and elsewhere, the rating only lists the single-player portion of the game.
Given the current industry direction, this may suggest that Activision is looking at a two-pronged effort to release the title: a campaign component first, with only the single-player part of the game, followed by a multiplayer offering that it could sell as an “add on” of sorts.
Further, it may even be that the game could see a free-to-play approach applied, with the campaign being release ahead of time for free, and then the multiplayer coming down the line as DLC … with a price: provided you have the campaign, you can then purchase the multiplayer part.
Given the popularity of Modern Warfare Remastered, the demand for the Modern Warfare series to appear as a backwards compatible game, and the demand for Modern Warfare 2 getting the remastered treatment, it goes without saying that Activision needs to find a way — and soon — to get the game back into the hands of players.
Or, you know, maybe giving us Modern Warfare 4 instead?