One question on the minds of dedicated Call of Duty fans is whether or not Modern Warfare Remastered should have DLC packs. It’s clear that because the upcoming remaster of Modern Warfare includes both the game’s full single-player campaign, as well as its own dedicated multiplayer component, Activision won't want to see the game turn into a one-off gimmick quickly forgotten by fans.
The inevitable success of Modern Warfare Remastered will no doubt lead to remasters of other classic Call of Duty titles, however what about Modern Warfare Remastered itself? Does Activision plan on giving it a similar amount of post-launch support as its bundle-mate Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Does the DLC roadmap for 2017 include new DLC packs for both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered?
In this feature, we're taking a look at the potential benefits and pitfalls of giving Modern Warfare Remastered its own DLC packs.
There’s already a lot of hype surrounding Modern Warfare Remastered, and that hype will undoubtedly translate into strong sales when the Infinite Warfare/Modern Warfare bundle is released later this year. The base version of Modern Warfare Remastered will include ten maps for the game’s multiplayer component, but even with their fresh coats of paint, these ten maps will likely begin to feel somewhat repetitive over the months following its release. Additionally, the original Modern Warfare had 21 maps in total (17 at launch, and another four added via the game’s only DLC pack, the Variety Map Pack).
This means that even if Infinity Ward worked only with the original Modern Warfare maps, they could easily touch up the remaining maps not included in the base version of Modern Warfare Remastered and release them via DLC. Such a move would help to support the game’s long-term viability, and would also generate additional revenue for Activision. If Infinity Ward wanted to really blow fans’ socks off, they could even implement remastered versions of fan-favorite maps from subsequent Modern Warfare games, again increasing Modern Warfare Remastered’s lifespan while possibly laying down a testing ground for potential remasters of Modern Warfare 2 and 3.There’s also nothing preventing Modern Warfare Remastered from including DLC that incorporates other features such as new multiplayer game modes or weapons.
As popular as the Call of Duty franchise is, there are still many fans and critics who despise Activision’s practice of layering a series of expensive DLC packs (usually totaling $50-60 dollars) on top of a base game’s asking price. And I’m sure those same critics would have a field day if Activision said they will be doing something similar not just for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but the Modern Warfare Remastered as well. In addition, the original Modern Warfare only had one DLC pack, so if the remaster wound up having multiple DLC releases some fans would see it as yet another greedy tactic from Activision.
A move aimed to stretch out the number of DLC packs players have to buy instead of lumping them all into a single low-cost purchase like what was done with the original Modern Warfare. There will no doubt be naysayers no matter what path Activision decides to go down, but taking the same DLC release approach with Modern Warfare Remastered as it does with standard Call of Duty games could potentially be a bridge too far.
What do you think? Would you be happy paying for additional DLC for Modern Warfare Remastered, or should Activision focus solely on their DLC plans for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Feel free to discuss in the comments below!
While you’re here be sure to read our opinion pieces on how Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare should approach DLC, five maps we feel should be included Modern Warfare Remastered, and five weapons newcomers to Modern Warfare Remastered should use.