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.

Nevac
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Nevac

Quite right. It’s always bugged me that CoD games do not seem to follow or reflect the pricing pattern of the industry at large. Always more expensive, regardless of duration from release. Regardless of critical reception. They seem to fancy themselves as a bit of an exception and it is a major repellant.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Nah they still have a pretty big fanbase.

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.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Or we simply don’t care because we had zero interest in MWR to begin with and saw no need to pay extra for it, especially not when we can get the original MW up to the same quality by getting it on PC and modding it with HD textures.

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.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Not me, i’ll still buy the games, but MWR will not be one of them.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

“I’ll still buy the games”

You are part of the problem, not the solution.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I fail to see that, why should I refuse to buy games from a franchise I actually like just because of that? I’m not going to do that, besides like Jim himself has said, boycotts for games almost never work anyways, so me not buying COD will accomplish absolutely nothing.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Boycotts don’t work because people keep saying “Boycotts don’t work, my one purchase won’t matter”. That times about 3 million is why they keep making them, because 3 million people are so certain their completely valid tactic won’t work they don’t even try.

Refuse to buy things you like so they don’t eventually become things you don’t like. Or buy used/secondhand and ignore the in-game paywalls so that Activison gets no money.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I’ve never once paid for a map pack or season pass for COD, I guess I could buy them used.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

Not to advocate what Activision or doing or encouraging sales but fans might also be scared if they don’t buy the games the publisher will kill off the series. These guys have a habit of shutting down studios if games don’t sell

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

“Remember me as I was, not as I am.”

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

Next time you, for example, litter, just consider that millions of people on the planet just did the same thing. It adds up BECAUSE you don’t think it matters.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I did indeed buy the stand-alone version as I saw no need to buy a remastered version of a game I could easily get on Steam and mod with HD textures so it looks as good if not better then the remastered version.

Daniel Guy
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Daniel Guy
CDPR is fine and all but not every game or company can or should be like them (they were subsidized by the government yo). What Activision did with Infinite warfare is pretty greedy and awful… But man Activision has Blizzard (damn fine makers of games imo) and Bungie. Destiny 2 seems like it’ll be dope. This is the same problem with EA. I love Bioware. They are deserving of all the money. I buy those games and I leave the sports titles alone. And I buy the DLC because I want to show them I appreciate when they let devs… Read 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”

Camilo Fernández
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Camilo Fernández

They want that silver medal so badly! (Konami already got the gold)

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…

Anton
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Anton

Unfortunately, BF abuses the lootbox model, with actual gameplay elements. I wouldn’t say it’s all that much better than activision.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

True, there is a lot yet to improve on there and EA aren’t much better. But in comparison to Activision’s consistent zero-fucks-given approach, it’s a marginally greener pasture for now. 😉

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I play all three games.

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 »
Gurphardt
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I should hope Andromeda’s updates are free, they were in the third game and actually made the multiplayer fun.

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.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

TF2 has nailed how you do it, i’m even fine with the payed stuff as there isn’t that much of it and its fairly cheap and has no impact on gameplay.

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

I know right, buying Ion and Scorch Prime and the Caliburn callcard has to be the best money I’ve spent on non gameplay impacting cosmetics ever. You just can’t beat Ion Prime’s execution.

BeerDone
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BeerDone

Yes you can.

Northstar is bae.

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

His is good as well it’s just that I get toasted when I apporach someone to do it cause she is squishy.

I did execute an enemy NS in mid-air once, though. Super weird 😛

BeerDone
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BeerDone

Heh 🙂 My Titanfall 1 preferred loadout was always a railgun stryder, so I’m very much at home with NS. Just bait them in and abuse the dashes, it’s very easy to pick someone apart with the railgun to doomed state and then lead them to a corner, dashing in before they can react.

Easily most executions on my Northstar thanks to the dashes. Can’t wait to get my hands on the Prime. Wonder what the execution will be…

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

I have a friend with a PS4 and a to-be-enacted open-door policy. Maybe we should double down for Titanfall 2.

…crossing that off my “sentences I never thought I’d say” list…

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

You should. You really, REALLY should. Ever heard of ‘skill based movement’ ? It’s that. With mechs.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Let’s not forget the other big MP only game, Overwatch. The third new, free, character is dropping this month.

Yeah it still has the shitty lootbox system, but all content with substance has been free.

A drip-feed of free substance is how you keep a community.

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

Holy crap, yeah, I forgot about that mini-titan chick !

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I don’t think COD is going down the drain, I think it’s still a good franchise.

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

You sound suspiciously like suprisingly absent Diamond, that Alpha Protokol avatar doesn’t help one bit.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Your right, but I don’t think this is diamond. He isn’t arguing with us or calling us names, and his points have been backed up by more than just “Because I said so”.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

He may not be Diamond. He may just coincidently use the same syntax and same habit of responding to everyone with minimal context as Diamond. I’m sure the mention of Yahtzee yesterday in regards to Zelda opinions is just coincidence too. And the weird fixation about Federation Force.

It’s obvious we’ve got doppelgangers mucking about. Gotta find the brood mother before things get out of control.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Was I just DigiHommed? God I hope not, he’ll stick that feather in his cap about me responding to him even though i said I was done.

galactix100
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galactix100

I find the possibility of a JQ site regular using the tactics of Jim’s, for want of a better phrase, arch nemesis both hilarious and fascinating.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Who better than to learn from the masters, with a play-by-play written by Jim himself?

galactix100
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galactix100

Just looking at the comments on the Zelda review and darksteel’s definitely diamond. Seen a bunch of posts that are just “dumbfuck” which we all know is one of diamond’s registered trademarks.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Wish I could have been there. So many comments that Disqus doesn’t have the memory to load them on Jim’s site.

galactix100
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galactix100

It was carnage.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Speaking of which, it seems like Jim got DDoS again. I keep getting an archived version of the site, and it only loads the most recent version on old articles.

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

Might be just a touch of self-restraint to go with a new coat of paint. But welp, you won’t see me complaining. It’s always nice to hear new voices in our little community.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I don’t know which is stranger: That they haven’t denied the accusation, or that they haven’t admitted to the accusation. Completely ignoring it is an odd gambit, and I hope that Polish and I are both wrong based on our conclusions in the offshoot. This person seems like they might ruffle a few feathers, but otherwise get along fine.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Look at his earliest comments two days ago, they are recommending people watch Yahtzee videos to understand why Nintendo products are so overrated by fanboys.

That’s diamond right there, he got tired of being called out for his trolling.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

If it really is, then he does this once a year apparently.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

He’s started trying to actively deny it now, claiming he has no idea what I’m referring to, then going right back to obsessing over Federation Force and how Yahtzee is brilliant and everyone should base their purchase decisions on his videos and thus ‘Yahtzee said so’ is a valid argument in any conversation.

So he’s not even trying to hide it is what I’m saying.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I’ve read more of this comment section now instead of just the notifications.

Definitely diamond.

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

For me it sugests there is some merit to those suspicions, I can’t imagine a complete stranger that doesn’t shy from confrontation ignoring statements like that, even from sheer curiosity.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I’ve pretty much realized it has to be him at this point. Still debating whether or not to block the new alt with myself. Likely won’t unless I just get fed up with his bullshit again.

Giorgos Katsas
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Giorgos Katsas

Nothing (with the possible exception of the MW nuke just for the wow factor), in the entire franchise this far, MP or SP, has topped dropping a nuclear bomb on the opposite team or getting a pentakill with the ever so satisfying predator missile. And these were both in the same game !

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

Gotta make a profit somehow. That extra $3.30 is the difference between a Merlot and a box wine with dinner at the 5-star restaurant tonight. Can’t have that.

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.

Miliardo
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Miliardo

Speaking as a car guy and a video game guy, I think I prefer having Elon Musk right where he is. If you’re looking for a corollary, look no further than Peter Molyneux. Not an exact fit, to be sure, but certainly the first person that comes to mind.

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.

Anton
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Anton

To some degree, they kinda have. Even when dying, their top IP is making huge profits.

A couple of years from now, that won’t be the case, but these people are not known for forward-thinking.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

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

Nikita Kress
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Nikita Kress
They can, they don’t want to. I was like 15 yo, when BO came out, before it I bought MW and MW2, And even at this age I understood, that I am being milked. Because no respectable game allows itself to come out once per fucking year and keep asking not only for 60$, but for player to pay for DLC too. People who buy COD are the reason Activision keeps milking them, because those people are stupid, and will rather bitch about how Activision is evil, while keeping buying their shit. I once promised that I won’t buy anything… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

You can’t assume that ALL people who actually like COD are “stupid” or have “no principles” that just makes you sound like a condescending dickhead.

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

Nikita Kress
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Nikita Kress

No, MWR costs 80$, the same as IW. There is no separating them, because they are sold together.
And let’s be real, if people are still dumb enough to buy CoD, they will buy this DLC too. FFS, people who bitch about how awful this policy is, ask for the next CoD in the same comment, that’s how retarded they are.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

People who still buy Cod are not “dumb” just because you say so, that’s completely asinine.

I’m not complaining about the policy because I never had any interest in MWR to begin with, not when I can get the original version at the same quality by getting the original version on Steam and modding it with HD texture packs.

Also i’ve never once bought a season pass or any map packs for COD, cause I only buy them for the single player.

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