Activision just announced the same free digital upgrade offer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that Destinyreceived. Players will be able to purchase the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version of the game and upgrade to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version at no additional cost.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) October 7, 2014
The deal for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare digital copy is identical to that of Destiny with the exception of the date the offer ends. According to the official FAQ, purchasing the PlayStation 3 version of Advanced Warfare digitally automatically makes the PlayStation 4 version available as a free download. The same holds true with the Xbox 360. Purchasing Advanced Warfare digitally on that system automatically makes the Xbox One version a free download.
This also applies to the Day Zero Edition that can be purchased from the PlayStation Store. It’s unclear right now if Microsoft will have a similar offer up for the Xbox 360 version on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Additionally, you will still own both the last-gen and current-gen versions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Better yet, Activision confirmed that your multiplayer character stats and gear will carry between the last-gen and current-gen versions.
Q. Will my progress, stats, and gear carry over when I download and play the next-gen version?
A. Yes, whether you participate in this program or not, all of your Multiplayer stats and gear are shared within a console family (Xbox 360 <-> Xbox One or PS3™ <-> PS4™) and will be waiting for you when you transition to next-gen.
The Season Pass and DLC content will also transfer over between both systems in each console family.
As mentioned, this is the same promotion that is currently available for Destiny. That promotion runs through January 15th, 2015 and I took advantage of it at launch. All of my character information instantly carries over between both my Xbox 360 and Xbox One as well as Achievements. This has allowed me to play with friends on both systems, including my son and daughter, since not everyone has upgraded to next-gen.
The downside of this offer is that it is only available for the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. That means no possibility of a trade-in if you don’t like the game. Some people have reported being able to get a refund for their digital purchase of Destiny, but that isn’t always guaranteed.
Of course, those that crossed over from one console family to the other won’t be able to see any benefit either. That’s another downside.
What do you think of this promotion for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Will you go this route or do you prefer sticking to physical copies? Let us know in the comments below.
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