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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered Releasing in November

(Image by Activision)

Captain Price in the upcoming remaster of Call of Duty 4. (Image by Activision)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the 2007 shooter developed by Infinity Ward, is getting a full remastered release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Activision announced on Monday.

Modern Warfare Remastered will release on Nov. 4 and currently will only be included as a digital download in special edition copies of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the newest game in the series being made by Infinity Ward.

The remastered version will feature the original game’s full story campaign and online multiplayer with 10 of its maps, including “Crash,” “Crossfire” and “Backlot” on dedicated servers.

The game will have upgraded graphics at the current console’s level of details, with increased texture resolutions, improved lighting and shadowing, better audio and animations along with more updates.

Modern Warfare Remastered is included as a download in four different versions of special releases for Infinite Warfare. The Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Editions for the new Call of Duty will retail for $79.99 and include both games. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a Season Pass for Infinite Warfare and will cost $99.99. For $119.99 the Legacy Pro Edition also comes with the Season Pass along with a steelbook case, the game’s soundtrack and other digital items.

A standalone version for Call of Duty 4 Remastered wasn’t announced. The only way to play the game is to buy Infinite Warfare, according to Activision.

Raven Software is developing this new version of Modern Warfare, with Infinity Ward acting as its executive producer. The studio has worked on Call of Duty games before, starting in 2010 with Black Ops’ downloadable content and every release in the series since then. Raven Software first worked with Infinity Ward for the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011). Recently the studio developed Call of Duty Online for a 2014 release in China.

Modern Warfare is one of the most popular first-person shooters of all-time. The game brought the franchise into the current era, out of the World War II period that the previous releases were based in. Call of Duty 4 first released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on Nov. 5, 2007. Along with its memorable campaign, the game’s online multiplayer became extremely popular and brought new elements into the genre like killstreak bonuses and a leveling up system called prestige. The original release included 20 multiplayer maps, with four of those being downloadable content. Call of Duty 4 sold over 16 million units since its launch.

Raven Software is owned by Activision and based in Madison, Wisconsin. The studio was founded in 1990 and previously made a variety of its own games like Heretic, Hexen, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003), Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006) and most recently Singularity (2010).

Modern Warfare Remastered is the second Call of Duty game to be re-released for a modern console. The original Call of Duty (2003) was ported to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in November 2009 with improved high-definition visuals in Call of Duty Classic. Also originally bundled with special editions of that year’s release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the game eventually released as a standalone download a month later.

Activision also revealed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Monday. For the first time in the series the game will take place beyond Earth. Infinite Warfare includes a new storyline about an invasion from a radical group called the Settlement Defense Front that attacks space colonies to control their resources. One of the protagonists in the game is Captain Reyes, who pilots one of Earth’s last warships called the Retribution in defense of the planet’s colonies around the solar system.

Infinite Warfare will also include new player abilities and gameplay elements like air and space combat. The multiplayer Zombies mode will also return with a new storyline. This will be the first time that Zombies will be included in a Call of Duty game developed by Infinity Ward, which has only appeared in Treyarch’s brand of games since Black Ops. Infinite Warfare hasn’t been confirmed to have a PS3 or Xbox 360 release, unlike Black Ops III that released with less features last November.

Watch the reveal trailer for Infinite Warfare (Modern Warfare Remastered footage starts at 2:57):


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