Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered won’t run without Infinite Warfare disc

Customers who buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s physical retail edition will need to hang onto their game disc to play Modern Warfare Remastered, reports COD fansite Charlie Intel.

More and more games these days require physical media only during the installation process, even on consoles. But this graphical overhaul of 2007’s much-celebrated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will require a disc even though the game itself is a digital download, activated with a game key included in certain special editions of Infinite Warfare.

This little detail appears in the fine print of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered‘s new subsite, and reportedly was not included in any previous marketing for the game. The new language reads: “game disc must be inserted to play Modern Warfare Remastered.”

To be clear, those who purchase a digital special edition of Infinite Warfare don’t have this restriction. You’ll be downloading both games, so it’s clear that there’s nothing intrinsic to Modern Warfare Remastered that requires a physical game disc. Instead, this appears to be a safeguard against customers who buy a physical copy, activate their Modern Warfare key, and then try to return/trade in/resell their Infinite Warfare game disc.

This is a major bummer because, as we’ve reported previously, buying a special edition of Infinite Warfare is the only way to buy Modern Warfare Remastered. It’s not available a la carte. And though publisher Activision is within its right to prevent players from just skimming a download key and then hocking the rest of their purchase, it certainly doesn’t endear Activision to customers, who are already incensed about the whole exclusivity thing.

Will Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered be available as a standalone purchase at some future point? Perhaps, but for this holiday season at least, Activision is taking steps to ensure anyone enjoying classic COD is playing Space COD as well.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due out November 4th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. A download key for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is included the Legacy and Deluxe editions of the game.

(h/t Eurogamer.)