It has been heavily rumoured for a while now, but it looks like we finally have some form of confirmation that Activision will release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remastered on PS4 at some point this year. However, don’t expect the full package.
Modern Warfare 2 Remastered was recently rated for PS4, albeit as Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, indicating that this remastering will only include the single-player story mode and not the full multiplayer suite that the game is famous for.
The listing on the PEGI ratings website has since been removed, probably at the request of Activision, so there’s not much else that can be gleaned from this scrap of information. However, it’s about as good as confirmed at this point as ratings boards don’t tend to rate products that don’t exist.
It may seem like an odd decision to release just the single-player portion of the game and not the multiplayer, but it kind of makes sense. This year we’ll get another Call of Duty game that will gather a large following for its online suite. It wouldn’t be great for Activision, its shareholder and investors if people skipped out on the new game to go back and play Modern Warfare 2 Remastered’s online offerings. We all saw the reactions when Modern Warfare Remastered released and then got updated to include loot boxes – it wasn’t pretty. Activision won’t want to make the same mistake twice by tweaking the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer to include microtransactions, so it makes more sense to just put out the single player for those that want it and keep the multiplayer community in one place.
That being said, I could be completely wrong and the multiplayer could be released as its own standalone product. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, expect Activision to come out and announce Modern Warfare 2 Remastered within the next couple of months.