Activision Planning To Remaster More Classic Call Of Duty Games
If it ain't broke, don't fix it... just remaster it. While the Call of Duty name is in a state of flux right now - finding a new home under the Microsoft umbrella - Activision is slowly rolling out its grand plans that should keep the shooter series at the top of its game.
With continued rumours that Call of Duty could ditch its tried and tested formula of yearly releases, there are questions about whether Activision would really let the franchise's chart-topping potential slide on a bi-annual basis. We're already used to remastered maps filling our latest Call of Duty game, but now, get ready for a full-blown remastered catalogue of older titles.
Are Remastered Call Of Duty Classics On The Way?
The latest scoop comes from RalphsValve, who claims Activision will pad out its usual release of mainline CoD games with remastered versions of some firm favourites. Posting on Twitter, they said the publisher is "considering" this course of action between "premium Call of Duty titles."
If you want to know what's currently being considered, RalphsValve seems adamant that the OG Call of Duty from 2003, its 2005 sequel, and 2008's World at War are all being teased. If you think this is the start of the whole back catalogue being revamped, they said an associate called it "complicated". This wasn't the end though, with proposed backward compatibility for the already released remaster of 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and even the potential of the 2016 title coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Remembering that Modern Warfare Remastered was a lucrative money-spinner for Activision, we can see why the publisher would want to continue this trend. It's been six years since Modern Warfare Remastered was released, and to be honest, we're surprised there hasn't been another. Look at how many times Rockstar Games has milked Grand Theft Auto V to see there's money in them thar remasters.
What Have Fans Said About Remastered Call Of Duty Game?
Unsurprisingly, the idea has led to the usual complaints that Activision is running out of ideas. Amidst continued grumbles that the same remastered maps clogging up multiplayer is a growing problem, churning out the same game and repackaging as a "new-gen release" isn't going to help the situation. Last year's Call of Duty: Vanguard got enough of a beating for being branded as just another World War II shooter, so just imagine remasters instead of new games.
Critics weren't impressed, with one writing: "It’s gonna SCREW the regular premium titles because people want to get that nostalgia hit. But Activision will get more money and figure out a way to get micro transactions in there. I just think it’ll be messy for the CoD community though." However, one gamer gushed, "If the zombies portion gets remastered count me in!" Although we're in danger of CoD saturation due to an ever-decreasing window between games, there will always be those willing to throw their cash at the record-breaking shooter.