The rumor spawned after a statement made by Director of Raven, David Pellas, during the Call of Duty XP fan event earlier this month. While announcing the availability of all 16 original multiplayer maps, and not only 10 as originally stated, he might have slipped up and released some information he wasn't supposed to. Or he may just have worded himself poorly.
His exact words were: "What we announced before today was that we were going to offer 10 maps on launch, and that’s still true. The announcement today is that the six remaining maps we are actually going to be delivering to anyone who purchases Modern Warfare Remastered, anyone who owns it or a version of Infinite Warfare that comes with it, they’re going to get all 16 of the maps for no additional cost."
So the question is, what does that mean? He does outline the difference between owning the game as with Infinite Warfare and just owning the remaster alone. It can easily be assumed that he refers to the fact that will we find the remaster available as a standalone title at some point, free to buy without having to help boost sales of Infinite Warfare. It's not like it is unheard of for Activision to promote exclusive preorder bonuses, only to release the content separately at a later date. So there's no wonder that this statement helps support the suspicion many have, that the game will eventually be available alone. However, if this holds true, we should not expect it to happen any time soon. At best in a few months after release maybe?
Many fans of Modern Warfare has voiced their dissatisfaction towards the fact that their much wanted remaster is locked in with the purchase of the new Call of Duty title. They are not interested in space warfare, and would prefer to get their hands on the remaster without having to buy a product they have no plans to use. As much as this rumor can give these players some hope, the support page on Activision's official site seems to crush their both their hopes and dreams:
How can I get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is only available through the Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Can I play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered without buying Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare?
No, you must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
It remains to be seen if these answers will change or not, but personally I would expect to see a debunk from Activision in the very near future. But then again, you never know, do you?
Do you think there is anything to these speculations? And what would you do if you found out that you didn't have to buy Infinite Warfare to get the remaster anyway? Share your thoughts in the comments below.