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Activision confirms Modern Warfare Remastered needs Infinite Warfare disc to run

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It's on the disc on Xbox One; full download for PS4

The non-digital special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will require the Infinite Warfare disc to be in the tray to access the highly anticipated Modern Warfare Remastered that is included, Activision confirmed today.

The publisher issued a clarified FAQ about how the updated 2007 classic is accessed when both launch Nov. 4. New fine print outlining the disc-insert requirement appeared on Call of Duty's official website over the weekend.

Notably, Modern Warfare Remastered must be downloaded fully from PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4's physical version of the Infinite Warfare special editions. For the Xbox One version, Modern Warfare Remastered is on the Infinite Warfare disc, but requires an additional download before it can be played.

In both cases, the user needs an Internet connection to play Modern Warfare Remastered.

For the Steam edition, "A Steam key will be provided in the Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare that will provide access to both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered." The FAQ doesn't say if the games are accessed separately or if Modern Warfare Remastered is accessed through the Infinite Warfare client.

These distinctions are important as they make clear that not only is buying either the Legacy, Digital Legacy, Legacy Pro or Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare the only way to acquire Modern Warfare Remastered, console users buying the Legacy or Legacy Pro edition must keep their disc if they want to play it. Activision's bundling scheme thwarts any plan to acquire one of the special editions, download Modern Warfare Remastered, keep that and then sell the remainder on the gray market or trade it in for store credit.

Further, it appears that the 30-day preview of Modern Warfare Remastered's campaign is limited only to those who pre-purchase a digital edition including it on PlayStation Store. The preview enticement was offered to PlayStation 4 owners back at E3 where it was assumed that the physical editions (Legacy and Legacy Pro) would be included. There is a Digital Legacy Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition for PS4.