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.

DeRP
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DeRP

We’ve come a long way since 2007 when the “map pack dlc” was called patch 1.6 for the price of free to download.

Achtung Englander
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Achtung Englander
I know I am not going to win much support here but Activision can do whatever it wants provided its legal. While charging more for reselling DLC is precedent and a dick move, gamers should exercise their own choice and not buy it if they disagree. At the end of the day we are talking about entertainment. Video games is not life or death, they are not bought as a necessity which, if it were a necessity in this circumstance than Activision’s decision here would be indefensible. This is a shitty practice and they should be called out for it,… Read more »
Ceci Pipe
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Ceci Pipe

Child porn is legal in some countries.

But you see, legal and moral are two very different things and just because you can technically get away with something doesn’t mean you should. See the banks crashing the global economy for instance. Legal, but fuck you all the same you self righteous [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫].

And I know, video games aren’t child porn. It’s the same argument though, legal therefore okay.

Achtung Englander
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Achtung Englander

I think example that is taking it a bit too far. I agree with all the sentiments here about how this decision is stupid and taking advantage of a (tired) franchise, but we are talking about Activision. I used to work for Activision and I know exactly the mentality of this company. So this move does not surprise me but as I said, voting with your wallet is the only way some companies learn

Funkproductions
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Funkproductions

Ass to ass

Christoph Brinkmann
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Quite glad I let the Call of Duty train take off almost a decade ago. Played the one and only good one – the original Modern Warfare, and that was it.

Swollen Rhino
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Swollen Rhino

Despite PS4 getting DLC 1st, i can download the file extract the data, change the script an make it playable on Xbox One ! I own both consoles. PS4 Fan’s Vs Xbox Fans’s ? Pure entertainment!

Daemoroth
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Daemoroth

The worst part: They will get away with it. So many gamers will balk and scream and complain, and then buy the pack the second it’s out for sale.

Nonki
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Nonki

siiiiiiiiiigh

Gaealiege
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Gaealiege

Sadly any outrage will be drowned out by the masses of mindless brodude consumers racing to purchase rehashed content for a premium price.

You can’t argue with mindless consumption. Otherwise people would have never purchased those stupid ass pool shoes or purses with C’s on them.

moviereviewrsports
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moviereviewrsports

jjjj

CyberInsaneoHD
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CyberInsaneoHD

At this point, does saying that we should attempt to destroy Activition through subversive means sound like going too far?

Boy Noodlez
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Boy Noodlez

Hey Jim, it was $14.99, 9 years ago too actually, they’re charging the same price

Ron Baron
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Ron Baron

The dollar has not inflated that much since 2007.

Chris Topher
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Actually it’s cheaper as a little thing called inflation has happened since..

Ron Baron
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Ron Baron

The dollar has not inflated that much since 2007. What inflation calculator are you looking at?

Putang Inamo
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Putang Inamo

I feel like a broken record, but this game has a fucking BROKEN BEER BOTTLE as a melee weapon.

From there I knew this game was dead.

Kintari
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Kintari

I wonder what’s next.

Threaten to shut down the servers unless you buy another Activision title to support the studio?

Kickstarter for re-releasing more previously released DLC?

Re-release MW2, except it requires you to re-buy MW1 rebastard even though you already own it?

Let people steal your XP and charge for insurance against that?

There’s no floodgates left to contain this shit. Nothing will surprise me anymore.

jp
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jp

Servers? what servers? for COD servers died when it became a console game, I rememer they had dedicated servers, Activision is just freaking cheap as fuck.

Fred Davis
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Fred Davis
Actually there’s a thing in Let It Die where you can pay to ignore the cool down on things you buy from the in-game shop – LID is free-to-play though and so that sort of nickel-and-diming shit is almost excusable, except that they’ve clearly only added a cool down on upgrading items and buying things so they can then add micro-payments to ignore them, so it’s still a nasty thing to see tested out “hey kids wanna buy a second degradable, unreloadable, gun in the next 5 minutes? Better pay up!” I could easily see something like that being ported… Read more »
Jeremy
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Jeremy

Stop giving them ideas! These seem ridiculous to us, but there is no low Activision won’t stoop to to get a few bucks.

sillyskeleton
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sillyskeleton

Just popping in here to say it looks like the comments section of Jim’s Zelda review has completely shit itself. 2.5k comments and it just won’t load. That is a lot of angry Nintendo fanboys…

Michael Hudgins
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Michael Hudgins

I wish I was one of his webmasters because I know exactly how to fix his problem. He just needs to add a line of php to his wordpress config that expands the memory allowance.

Kintari
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Kintari

So you’re spilling the shit into this comments section too?

JackieGoOutside
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Yeah, I noticed that too.

But, like, at least the traffic might make some money, at least? If it doesn’t mess up the website first.

Bet they’re calling it click bait even though the score isn’t until the bottom.

Senior Gamer
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“But, like, at least the traffic might make some money, at least? If it doesn’t mess up the website first.”

There is no advertisement here. Jim makes no money off traffic, ads or Youtube subscriptions, only from Patreon and merchandising.

JackieGoOutside
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Oh, yeah, kinda forgot about that.

In my defense it’s almost 3am.

Senior Gamer
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‘Goodnight you prince of Maine, you king of New England’ 🙂

JackieGoOutside
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Close. I actually live in California, but I don’t think there’s a quote for that involves sleep…I don’t think. Nice reference, though, thank you. 😀

Senior Gamer
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From a few lightyears away New England and California are just the same 🙂

StuM91
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StuM91

Wow.

davegorack
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davegorack

Maybe they know that Call of Duty is slowely loosing fans
and theyve only got a few more games left in it, so they try bullshit like this to make
as much money off it befor it dies.

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

Activision is the worst publisher currently in existence & they know it.

That’s why they don’t give a shit anymore & are just milking the ever living shit out of CoD before the ship sinks.

Dog Food
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Dog Food

I have to wonder whether this type of thing doesn’t speed up CoD’s death. If Activision made a few positive PR moves, I bet CoD could see a few more prosperous years. At this rate, people are clamoring for another military franchise to play.

Mostafa Shahin
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Mostafa Shahin

Idk about calling them the worst,man. Like,Konami and Warner bros still exist.

Coldar
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Coldar
Konami primarily just fucks its fanbase by doing next to nothing with beloved IPs. It’d be like that hot chick you’re into just ignoring you, while fucking your (far uglier+less likeable) best friend in the next room. Activision pulling this is like Big Bubba from D-Block shoving a knife up your urethra as foreplay for the “main event.” And look, Silent Hill is my favorite thing ever, but even I can’t place Konami on the same level as this, as somebody who also loathes all of CoD and has played all of one title from the franchise in its entire… Read more »
Mostafa Shahin
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Mostafa Shahin

Good points

Lewis w
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Lewis w

And this is why Activision are the devil. I haven’t bought any of their games for a while anyway, and now I’m not going to ever again.

I bet they also support whale hunting and seal clubbing, because that’s the kind of thing that malevolent entities from eldritch dimensions are in to, right?

Dog Food
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Dog Food

Malevolent entities from eldritch dimensions are also into getting people to buy Trump as president. And then, Lucifer willing, they get those same fools to buy the Season Pass that includes said whale hunting, seal clubbing, and Steve Bannon – the ultimate Lovecraftian villain who makes up what he lacks in love and craft with pure malice.

Violent Pineapple
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Violent Pineapple

Don’t forget the eating of baby kittens.

Viking Mana
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Viking Mana
Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe this is the bundle of grime-encrusted hay that crushes the spine of the camel that died three days ago? I mean, it’s not going to be the end of it. Not by a long shot. Activision are going to refuse to comment on any of this, and if pressured sufficiently, they will make up some bullshit excuse as to why it’s actually not only okay, but a really great and benevolent deal on their part. They’ll piss and moan about how challenging it is to remaster a game and sell it on it’s… Read more »
Ayon Windsor
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Ayon Windsor

I so want to play this game, but I so won’t pay any of it. I won’t shell out 80 dollars for a modified infinite warfare purchase and I surely won’t shell out 95 for a complete product. I can tame my urge for a nostalgia trip in as much that I’ll probably never play it since, as it was with every CoD to date, even if it releases solo it’ll stay at a premium pricetag for so long that it’ll outlive the actvity level to ensure problem-free online play.

Gurphardt
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For real, you’d think a game that comes every year would depreciate in price quickly, but NOPE. Can’t even play them as a curiosity without busting the wallet.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Just get COD4 on Steam and mod it with HD textures, you’ll get a better experience.,

ZrdFrv
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ZrdFrv

Also, PeZBOTs for multiplayer(for MW and WaW). MW2 also has one with RSE Bot.
Still play MW, WaW, and MW2. Never thought of any other CoD titles after those.

Gurphardt
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HOLY FUCKING SHIT. How low is the bar, now? How much lower CAN it go? Dare I even imagine?

Fred Davis
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Fred Davis
You forget that mobile games have already made “paying for each regular level” a thing. So extend that to AAA games. And next after that is “pay per options”, as in you need to pay micro-transactions for basic setting options; Want to change the resolution? shadow complexity? turn off motion blur? $9.99 dollars per setting to unlock it. And changing mouse sensitivity or volume will be like changing your screen name in a MOBA or battlenet, where you get one free change and then you have to pay $9.99 for any modification of those settings afterwards. And you know how… Read more »
Viking Mana
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Viking Mana

I think it’s low enough to firmly be stuck to a tectonic plate at this point.

Marcelo Ou Hare Pirani
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Marcelo Ou Hare Pirani

Yeah, and it’s still a long way to Earth’s core…

Ohbaaskah
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Ohbaaskah

Just curious – is this a PC only problem?

Ben Driver
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Ben Driver

No, this is the case for both PC and consoles.

Paddleton Tallylicker
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Paddleton Tallylicker

The really upsetting part is that people are / will buy it in spades, which will only encourage this shitty behavior further 🙁

Bashtarle
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Bashtarle

They have accepted death by a thousand papercuts.

PhyrePhox
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PhyrePhox

Just like most things in life, nothing with video games is sacred. That being said, it’s still an INCREDIBLY scummy move by Activision.

Jallen
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Jallen

Well this astounding, well at least you know where you stand with Activision; 10 meters away and paying for the privilege of being in the same room. Of course people will buy it, new money for old rope, so it’ll be profitable no matter what.

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