With the release of Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17, and Batman: The Telltale Series, we have officially entered the video game season. In the coming months, several long-awaited games created by long-running companies will release onto the market, but arguably the most hyped game is one that's not so new.
As part of select purchases for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare(specifically, the Legacy, Digital Deluxe or Legacy Pro editions), gamers will have a chance to travel back in time to 2008 and play the first Modern Warfare. Rather than simply recycling the classic game, Activision and developer Raven Software have gone all out and completely remastered one of their more popular games.
This week, Activision released a new trailer that not only shows off the new graphics, but is sure to send a nostalgic chill down some fans' necks.
Activision also put out a statement outlining what fans can expect from this remastered version.
"One of the most critically-acclaimed games in history, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is back, remastered in true high-definition, featuring improved textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more. The original, award-winning Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare set a new standard upon its release for intense, cinematic action, while receiving universal praise as one of the most influential video games of all-time. Winner of numerous Game of the Year honors, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare became an instant classic and global phenomenon that set the bar for first-person shooters, and now it returns for a new generation of fans."The best part of all this is that anyone who pre-purchases or who has pre-purchased a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy or Digital Deluxe Edition on PS4 will be able to play the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign 30 days early, beginning October 5. This is due to an exclusive deal Activision has with Sony, who produces the PlayStation 4.
Recently, Take-Two did something similar with their NBA 2K series as they allowed players to start their MyCareer early thanks to The Prelude DLC. While 2K only did The Prelude and a training mode called 2KU, there's no information as to yet if anything other than the campaign will be included in the PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Those who either are not on PlayStation 4 or will not be pre-ordering will have to wait until November 4, when users will also likely have access to 10 maps for multiplayer at launch (so long as there's no server overload). The six remaining original maps will be released as free DLC in December, 2016, though a date has not been given at this time.
The cast for Infinite Warfare is star-packed with celebrities as UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Family Guy's Seth Green, legendary entertainer Paul 'Pee-Wee Herman' Reubens, and Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington are all set to play roles both in the story mode and in the multiplayer. McGregor, recently, posted a picture highlighting his character on Instagram.
In an ironic way, the premise of Infinite Warfare slightly resembles the premise of the original Modern Warfare despite one telling a story of outer space battles and another involving fighting Russians. Both are entering their release with hopes of ushering in a new era for the franchise after some fans became bored or disillusioned with the past few releases and both also have high expectations that come with the adventure into new genres; Modern Warfare went for a realistic attempt at what would happen today and Infinite Warfare is tasked with making battles in space fun.
Called by many to be the best set of games in the series, the Modern Warfare era began in November, 2007, with the initial release of this game on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows (Mac OS X users got the game a year later in September, 2008). Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which generated some controversy for its "No Russian" mission that involved a terrorist attack at an airport, came out in 2009 and seemed to be the favorite of many players -- both for its story mode and the online play. After taking 2010 to release Call of Duty: Black Ops, Activision returned to finish the Modern Warfare series in 2011 with the release of Modern Warfare 3.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will release on November 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.
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