Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Release Date (Op Ed)

With the reception of Modern Warfare Remastered, when can we expect a release of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered?

Modern Warfare 2 was a title that will no doubt go down in the history books as one of the greatest Call of Duty games in the franchise and perhaps one of the greatest games in the FPS genre of gaming overall. Growing closer to the ten-year-old mark, the notion of a Modern Warfare 2 Remastered grows with each passing day and many people will speculate that the title will be coming within the next few months, possibly alongside Call of Duty 2017 or perhaps Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will be coming within the later months of 2018. From data and inferences that have can be drawn, are these correct or is there an alternative date that we should get ready to look forward to Modern Warfare 2 Remastered?

Modern Warfare 2 was perhaps one of the most popular titles of the Call of Duty franchise. Fans will argue with you that Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 were the knockout 1-2 punch in the power rankings, regardless of which one they put first. No matter how you slice and dice it, Modern Warfare 2 will undoubtedly stand out as a great title in the franchise for as long as time continues to turn. Whether Call of Duty is around in five to ten years, who knows, but what is known is that will be a beacon of light when looking at the masses of titles since the conception of the franchise.

Previously, the idea of remasters in Call of Duty seemed like a pipe dream. Players had asked for a remaster of Modern Warfare for nearly as long as we can remember and as a result, it started to come to the point that every year that Infinity Ward had a title coming up that the community would already start to formulate the idea that the next year’s title would be a remaster of the 2007 classic. However, later down the line after years of no sign of a remaster on the horizon, Eric Hirshberg had done an interview in which he expressed the interest in revisiting some titles via remaster. Two years after that interview, Modern Warfare Remastered was revealed to the public.

With that in mind, it only seems logical that Modern Warfare 2 would be the next title to be remastered, right? We’d start with Modern Warfare Remastered then move up to Modern Warfare 2 Remastered and perhaps then finish with Modern Warfare 3 Remastered later on down the line. It would only make sense, no? While there is no solid proof or statements referring to the explicit design and ideology of a Modern Warfare 2 Remastered coming at any point, it only keeps getting more logical when you take a look and draw your own conclusions to some information out there in the world currently.

Xbox One has a feature that PlayStation 4 does not and that honestly, is a huge advantage if you’re looking into the console wars. Regardless, Call of Duty has taken part in this feature a few times, that being the feature of Backwards Compatibility. That feature allows you to insert your old Xbox discs into your Xbox One and play them, regardless that they are not designed for that generation of console. Call of Duty has since put up the titles of Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Since the initial release of these titles, fans have wanted to see some of the Modern Warfare series, including Modern Warfare 2, added to that list of active games in the backwards compatibility program; yet to this day, there is no update, none of the series is playable on Xbox One.

That begs the question, why? Why would they withhold perhaps the most played games of the franchise from fans eager to jump on the discs again on Xbox One? Simply put, they would lose money. With the initial sales back in the day of the Modern Warfare series breaking records, that is an easy “Pass-Go” card that they can save for a rainy day… Kind of like how Modern Warfare Remastered was saved for the rainy days of Infinite Warfare’s release (or so the theory goes that it saved the day). From a business perspective, it would be near suicide to release something that will guarantee profit for free. There would be no point as a business to commission a team to develop a game for multiple years only to release it when there is a free option to half of the playerbase.

Bearing that in mind, it seems like a Modern Warfare 2 Remastered may in fact be a logical idea and something that may be plausible in the long run. With that said, when would we potentially see the release of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered? Many rumors have swirled that the title will release later this year alongside Sledgehammer’s upcoming title and another says alongside Treyarch’s next title in 2018. However, those personally seem unlikely for a handful of reasons.

If we follow the ideology that the title will be released alongside a game that needs the extra boost in sales, currently it wouldn’t make sense to reserve it for 2017’s title as the hype of Boots on the Ground alone for Sledgehammer’s upcoming title already has captivated audiences more-so than the life of Infinite Warfare, or at least many will claim. A return to Boots on the Ground will no doubt revitalize the franchise for at least another year as we return to the roots and have a lot of the veterans who left after we had exo-movement, they could return. So what about Treyarch’s next title? Surely it could in theory work out because we have no idea what the hype will be like but Treyarch usually is incredible with fan reception. While there is always complaints with the annual releases of Call of Duty, it seems like Treyarch always has the least and on a consistent basis. It’s possible we may be able to scratch that one off the list. So that leave’s Infinity Ward’s next title, which conveniently falls in line with another piece of information we want to take into account.

With 2019 in mind, that falls directly in line with how long it may take to develop a future Modern Warfare 2 Remastered. Raven spent roughly a year and a half on the development of Modern Warfare Remastered and in that time were able to update the game graphically, completely redo some of the motion capture, audio, game mechanics, content systems and other things alike. In that year and a half, they did in fact do a lot, but that also is still a significant amount of time to wait as a fan. Considering the fact that Modern Warfare Remastered will end up having a life cycle up until the end of this year, roughly November with the release of Sledgehammer’s next title, that’s probably the earliest that Raven could be commissioned to start another title.

Bearing that in mind, we would have to see that time frame of a year and a half fall into line as well. Take a year and a half and add it onto the end of 2017 and that brings us to the middle of 2019, halfway through the life cycle of Treyarch’s next title, just in time for the release alongside Infinity Ward’s next project. And coming full circle, it would make logical sense in that regard because with the last two installments into the series introduced by Infinity Ward being a bit rocky in fan reception, it would be a smart move to have a backup plan in place to secure sales and make sure they don’t drop too drastically if there were to be another flop in conceptual design of the game. Introduce Modern Warfare 2 Remastered…

While none of this is set in stone or even remotely confirmed, it is rather interesting to consider when thinking about playing the fan favorite on our current generation of consoles, or perhaps at that time the Scorpio and PS5s. Bringing that up to the ten-year-old mark in 2019 may be another advantage and may incite the nostalgia factor tremendously while being marketed to gamers around the world. While a yearly remaster would be something that could be tremendous fun, it seems the practicality of it wouldn’t make the most sense. Let us know your thoughts below and what you think of the release of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered!

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