Late last week the PC and Xbox One versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered finally got the Variety Map Pack DLC (it had been available on PS4 for a month). As a reminder, here’s what the pack includes:
“The Variety Map Pack returns to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered with four more unforgettable multiplayer maps. Battle through the neon alleyways of Chinatown, dominate your opponents in the abandoned news station of Broadcast, snipe across the grassy ravine of Creek, and go all-out close-quarters in the chaotic training grounds of Killhouse.”
The arrival of these classic maps should be cause for excitement, but instead, it’s mostly inspired frustration as fans grumble about the pack’s $15 price tag. While 15 bucks is the standard price for Call of Duty DLC packs these days, fans on Reddit have pointed out the same content only cost $10 when released for the original version of Modern Warfare nine years ago. Heck, the DLC was originally free on PC, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Nvidia.
Now, DLC costing more than it did nearly a decade ago usually wouldn’t be that offensive. Inflation, amirite? Unfortunately, this is just latest example Activision’s divisive mercenary approach to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. The game is still only available as an extra to those who buy the deluxe version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and comes with a lengthy list of added microtransactions, making the premium pricing on the latest DLC merely the cherry on an overpriced cake.
Unsurprisingly, Activision’s decisions have led to a ton of blowback on the Modern Warfare Remastered Steam page, with reviews like the following being common:
“A near perfect remaster by Raven Software, tarnished by the greed of Activision. The single player is perfect, but the multiplayer has gone downhill since release due to bad business decisions and a nearly non-existent player base. Add in the fact that you can only get this game through buying a special edition of Infinite Warfare and you have plenty of reasons to avoid buying it.”
It’s disappointing that Activision has limited the appeal of a game that could and should have been a real love-letter to the fans and a boost to the Call of Duty brand. Maybe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be freed from the box Activision has trapped it in, eventually, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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