You may recall the unveiling of that fancy Prestige Edition – night-vision goggles included – of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , and many were also interested in that voucher to download the original Call of Duty from the Network and Xbox Live.
However, the very next question likely was, "well, what if I don't want either the Hardened or Prestige editions? Will the original CoD still be available for me to download for a price?" Well, according to IGN , the answer is "yes," but you'll have to wait a while. Infinity Ward Community Manager Robert Bowling said it would become available to everyone at some point.
"Prestige and Hardened Edition buyers will be getting access to Call of Duty: Classic first. It'll eventually be coming out for both Xbox Live Arcade and PSN as a stand-alone arcade game. However, price and release date are unknown at this point. It's the true original Call of Duty including full multiplayer."
Obviously, Activision will want to keep this option away from gamers until they've had a chance to consider the special editions of Modern Warfare 2 . Perhaps the original Call of Duty will be an option for everyone some time just before Christmas. We have no idea how it might be priced, but it might fall in at the standard $14.99 mark; a mark typically reserved for "fuller" games. We'll let you know when any concrete details are announced.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2