Modern Warfare Remastered officially has the worst game payment model
Games can be paid for in multiple ways, either through an upfront payment, microtransactions or even a subscription model. Sometimes games can even have a mixture of these payment systems, depending on many factors like how a game's planned DLC, updates or other post-launch content updates.
Some games, like Overwatch, have already had some significant post-launch updates, including the release of free heroes and new maps, which are paid for in part by the game's microtransaction/loot drop system. While many find microtransactions in a game with an upfront payment model controversial, it is undeniable that post-launch updates need to be paid for in some way.
Today we will be talking about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, which has just received a large update which adds six new maps, two new game modes, female player models and a wide range of player customization options through the game's new loot drop features. With this new "loot drop" system also comes microtransactions, which will allow players to pay for loot drops.
While this update could be seen as a hugely positive move for the game, it effectively has created a payment model which has never been seen before in video games, one which is easily one of the most anti-consumer systems we have ever seen.
Firstly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is not a standalone game, only coming with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's £60 Digital Legacy Edition or its £80 Digital Deluxe Edition. This effectively locks Modern Warfare Remastered behind an unnecessary paywall which forces gamers to buy Infinite Warfare, a game which most Modern Warfare players are not interested in purchasing.
On top of the game's premium price-tag/paywall, Modern Warfare Remastered players can now be expected to pay additional money in order to personalise their character with the purchase of premium loot drops.
While these elements can be ignored by players, they can undoubtedly be used by players to their advantage, using gear which better blends with the environment, potentially giving premium players an advantage.
While it is likely that Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered will eventually get a standalone release, wanting players to pay such an obscene price for the game and then expect them to buy microtransactions on top of that can be seen as nothing other than an act of greed from Activision.
Microtransactions can be acceptable in full-retail games, but Modern Warfare Remastered is not a retail game but a premium add-on for Infinite Warfare. Until the game is released as a standalone product, users should not be expected to pay any micropayments as they have already paid through the nose to access Modern Warfare Remastered in the first place.
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