Activision Fucks Up Modern Warfare Remastered Further With DLC More Expensive Than It Used To Be

Bit of a blunt headline for this article, but it says what needs to be said. Activision, not content to piss all over Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered with microtransactions, has decided to resell old downloadable content for the game with a price hike.

Yes, map packs for the remastered 2007 hit will be $5.00 more expensive than they were when they originally came out. The fact they’re charging at all for this is incomprehensible – to charge even more reeks of a company seeing just how far it can mock its customers and get away with it.

Usually, remastered games include all previously downloadable content to present a “definitive” version of the product.

This has been true of almost every game rereleased this generation, and it makes perfect sense – it can tempt a second purchase from those who might have already played the game and are unswayed just by prettier graphics, and it just looks really greedy to try and resell DLC on top of the game you’re already reselling.

Activision naturally doesn’t give a fuck about looking greedy and withheld a number of maps to flog a second time at an increased price. Oh, and if you bought Infinite Warfare‘s Season Pass, you not only made a bad call to begin with, you won’t be getting these maps as part of it. Sorry about that!

The “Variety Map Pack” will cost $14.99 when it’s available later in March. Nine years ago, this same package of maps cost only $9.99. I guess they had the sheer astounding nerve to adjust for inflation.

Despite rereleased games typically heightening their value prospect by offering more content for less money, Modern Warfare Remastered opts to offer no additional value for more money. Because it can, because it’s Activision, because fuck you right in the head.

The state of Modern Warfare Remasteredmy controversial pick for worst game of 2016 – is an absolute mess of corporate excess. Customers were already galled at the fact you could only access the game by purchasing it alongside Infinite Warfare, then Activision added microtransactions just to make it extra scummy.

That should have been bad enough, but with Activision you can always sink lower!

Held to ransom and lousy with fee-to-pay swindling, Modern Warfare Remastered only continues to be devalued and disrespected with this latest scam – and I say that as someone who thinks “scam” is a terribly overused word. Not only is Activision attempting to double down on DLC, it’s doing it at a premium.

A premium on a game that, let me remind you, is nine fucking years old!

As I said when I talked about the microtransactions, this is Activision yet again setting an insidious precedent and drawing up new boundaries for what is acceptable. If this scheme works – and there are enough zealous fans of COD remaining that it will – then publishers have essentially been given the green light to go ahead and start holding back DLC it’s already released in order to sell it a second time.

Like so many features we used to have in games, yet another thing that once was part of a base experience will be carved out as standard… and unlike cheat codes or unlockable costumes, we didn’t even have that much time with “definitive” remasters before a company went ahead and shat all over them.

The trailer – which urges you to PRE-ORDER this nine-year-old DLC that was cut from a remastered nine-year-old game that you can only buy with a less popular sequel and contains brand new microtransactions FUCKING JESUS HELL CHRIST – is getting a pounding on YouTube, where Sony’s channel uploaded it to a chorus of dislikes and outraged commentary.

As it should, because this is fucking dreadful. I’d say Activision’s string-pullers ought to be ashamed, but you can’t use words like “shame” when describing these grubby little maggot fuckers.

Fuck this rubbish garbage shit.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

This doesn’t shock me at all considering Activision never has a Steam sale that goes below 25%.

This is essentially a company that refuses to take less money because they think it will devalue the brand image. Never mind the fact that they are already doing that with a vast majority of gamers being bored with seeing the same damn game every year.

jdbruiser
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jdbruiser

Let the customers be fooled because no one is doing anything about this shit. Activision gets away with it because the fanbase is too loyal and are likely to not even care. If Call of Duty Remastered cost £300 at launch and the dlc was £100 then I’m sure that’ll fly too. But let’s just sit back and complain about it on the internet because we don’t really want change we want to tweet and hashtag about it because we’re too powerless to do anything else.

Tobasco da Gama
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“Oh, and if you bought Infinite Warfare‘s Season Pass, you not only made a bad call to begin with, you won’t be getting these maps as part of it.”

*deep breath*

AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Loth A
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Loth A

And this is one of the reasons i will boycott all Activision products until they fondamentaly change the way they treat their customers. In a world where CDPR – to give one example – exists, i have no time nor money for greedy publishers thinking i’m a brainless cash cow and nothing more.

BAH!
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BAH!

If they were “adjusting for inflation”, they were quite generous in their yearly average. 50% over nine years is… alarming.

EtosiGiR
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EtosiGiR

“zealous fans of COD”

fuck ’em

David Everard
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David Everard

Fucking hell, Activision seems to be leading the charge again for “most short-sightedly greedy corporate entity”

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

In case anyone is wondering, when adjusting for US dollar inflation since the release of the original Modern Warfare, $9.99 would now be $11.70. Even that exceptionally weak defense wouldn’t be able to hold water.

Anton
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Anton

The escalation is good. We’re getting that much closer to the point when people give up on this kind of shit altogether.

mrhair
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mrhair

Fucking wow.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Simultaneously taking the piss out of the nostalgic and the newcomers…Godspeed to your innovative greed, Activision.
Sucks to be a COD fan it appears. Come to Titanfall 2! And Battlefield! We have cookies, ice-cream AND a prominent lack of spoilt, shouty kids with Mommy’s credit card. Unless you are a spoilt, shouty kid, in which case…

ManuOtaku
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ManuOtaku

From sometime, since this generation, now I do apply the same philosophy i have in live for pretty much everything else, tomorrow will be worst than today, therefore enjoy and be happy today because it will be better than tomorrow.

In this regard, schemes of tomorrow will be worst than schemes of today, therefore be happy today with the schemes they throw at us. I know is a bleak way to see things, but due our current circumstances it does work, at least for me.

P.S: That doesn´t mean we shouldn´t be vocal about it, just being happy while being vocal.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

Fucking terrible, Remastered games should never have DLC (unless its free) and should contain all the DLC what the game had originlly included with it. Activision really do have the worst “Remasters” out there as they seriously do not get how they work or even care, say what you will about EA but at least they have very slighly improved with them actually giving out a fair bit of free DLC lately in TF2 and Star Wars Battlefront (the free stuff was good enough that i didn’t even bother with the SP) and with all new maps being free in… Read more »

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

On another note, Titanfall 2 is getting a new map, new prime Titans and a new gun this month. Map is free, so is the gun. Last update to the game was the same.

Battlefield is getting a French DLC. Brand new.

Activision must have realised COD is going down the drain and decided to get as much money as possible before its goose dies. Pity cause I would had liked a MW 2 remaster.

Go drop in a ditch, Activision. Fuck you for what you did to a game series I adored.

RipTide
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RipTide

you know micro-transactions were stupid, BS, and just plain naked greed, but it was not unexpected. They are the “great new innovation” that was added to cod gamed and the fans expect them now (no matter how sickening that is). But to not only, not include all the DLC for a 9 year old remastered game, but charge more for it than when it originally came out… I just have no words for how just plain disgusting that is. I hope this fails, I hope nobody buys it, and that this finally snaps them into realizing that making anti-consumer moves… Read more »

AJ Armer
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Wtf Activision. Sigh. Guess I’m not that surprised.

Kecaw
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Kecaw

Yo dawg! we heard you like to be butt F’ed so we are butt F’ing you while we butt F’ed you.

Muffiteer
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Muffiteer

If you *just* adjust for inflation since the original, they’d apparently only charge $11.70. Which makes this even more completely indefensible on top of the fact they shouldn’t be charging for it at all!

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

No words to describe this… except the ones you wrote.

Goddamn, Activision. Get your shit together.

HerbertGW
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HerbertGW

I’m really looking forward to reading the feeble-minded justifications that some spunk dribbling sycophant inevitably comes out with for this travesty.

Scaper
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Scaper

Good Lord God Jesus Christ Pope…

Panzer Magier
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Panzer Magier

We need an Elon Musk in the gaming industry. To come and sweep out competition out from these tossers.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

Even after nearly 10 years, Activision still thinks they’ve won the industry rather than competing against rival companies.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Activision is the reason COD fans can’t have nice things.

JeronimoPW
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JeronimoPW

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition: $70
That means MWR costs $20 in this package
Variety Map Pack with four old maps: $15 (basically 75% compared to MWR price)

Honestly this practice is the most disgusting and stupid I’ve ever seen in any market. It’s worse than EA. wt f

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