Infinite Warfare Hopes to Reorient With First DLC

Posted on 22 Dec 2016 by
Kyle Johnson

Entitled ‘Sabotage’, Infinite Warfare is looking to expand its map pool, while saving the struggling shooter from the slow death of a low player count. In the news I brought you last week, Infinite Warfare was banking on a massive free weekend to bolster its player count. Yet, a quick glance at player numbers seems to indicate that this approach appears to not have worked. Its precursor, Black Ops 3, is effectively doubling daily players on Steam, and with the first DLC more than a month away, Infinity Ward is going to have to put in a fair amount of legwork to sustain the player base on PC. More on that in a bit.

First though, what comes in Infinite Warfare’s Sabotage package? Four new maps, plus a zombies adventure set in the 1990s. The four new maps, Noir, Neon, Renaissance and Dominion, take us from the rain-soaked streets of a dystopian Brooklyn; to a virtual reality training simulator, where defeated enemies turn into pixels and float away; from the claustrophobic canals of Venice; and finally, to Mars, as a remake of Modern Warfare 2’s classic map, Afghan.

The new zombies map,’Rave in the Redwoods’ sees 90s slasher films mixed with teenage zombie ravers in the blood-splattered Californian highlands. Sabotage is coming to PlayStation 4 first on January 31st, with other platforms to follow. Price is listed at $14.99 USD for the individual pack, or $49.99 USD for the all-inclusive season pass.

What, if anything, can Infinity Ward do to bolster the latest entry in the long-running FPS series? Many things, at least for PC players. The introduction of Black Ops 3’s multiplayer starter pack would be a good launching point for those on the fence about Infinite Warfare. Selling Modern Warfare Remastered on its own, which has been long-rumored could also drive positive press. Adding in a number of curiously missing features, such as the combat record, emblem editor, leaderboards, and more couldn’t hurt, and with Black Ops 3 getting mod tools and custom maps, Infinity Ward has to do something other than release more DLC to compete with an older, cheaper entry.

If you’re someone who delights in the suffering of Call of Duty, fear not! It’s not all doom and gloom for the FPS franchise. Though we don’t have access to console numbers, news reports have reported that physical console sales are representative of a larger share of total sales for Infinite Warfare, though this may be due to the massive size of the Legacy package, clocking in at a whopping 120GB. I’m sure that Infinite Warfare will be able to pull through, Activision and its developers certainly must be rethinking their annualization of the series by now.

Official Press Release

London, England – 20th December, 2016 – Fresh Call of Duty content is coming, as Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. [NASDAQ: ATVI], and Infinity Ward have released new details for the upcoming first DLC Map Pack for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Sabotage. Featuring four intense, new multiplayer maps, each with its own distinctive look and feel, and a new zombies co-op experience called Rave in the Redwoods, set in a ‘90s abandoned lakeside summer camp, Sabotage releases January 31, 2017 first on the PlayStation® Network for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, with other platforms to follow.

We’re excited to introduce a new chapter to our zombies experience, taking players into a spooky 1990s summer camp straight out of the horror films of the decade,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “We’re also delivering four new, diverse multiplayer maps, including a remake of the Modern Warfare® 2 classic, Afghan. There’s a tremendous variety of new content that we think every player will enjoy.

Rave in the Redwoods, the next thrilling chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, continues the macabre narrative while transporting players into a new decade: the 1990s. Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain, returns and has trapped the protagonists inside another one of his twisted horror films. The four playable characters from the original story also return, but with fresh, over-the-top roles, as they learn more about Wyler’s evil plot while fighting all-new varieties of the undead in an abandoned, lakeside summer camp where zombie ravers have taken over and turned the grounds into a techno-fueled illusion. Rave in the Redwoods is a tense, spooky thrill ride with shocking twists, surprises, and a slew of new Easter eggs for players to discover.

In addition to the Rave in the Redwoods zombies content, Sabotage will also include four new multiplayer maps:

  • Noir – A dark, grimy city map inspired by futuristic Brooklyn at night, Noir is a classic three-lane map set against a backdrop of a dystopian future, filled with cafes and parks surrounding a brutal downtown warzone.
  • Neon – A virtual training center designed for urban warfare, Neon is a unique, digitised battle arena where cars and other structures spawn out of thin air and enemies dissolve into hundreds of pixels when defeated. Middle lane sightlines will cater to long-range players while the outsides of the map allow for quick counter-attacks in close-quarter action.
  • Renaissance – Set in Northern Italy, Renaissance pits players against each other on the narrow streets of Venice surrounded by classic architecture and buildings that promote continuous action through the canals and neighbourhoods of this iconic city.
  • Dominion – A re-imagining of the classic Afghan map from Modern Warfare 2, now set on Mars, Dominion retains all the memorable landmarks and gameplay of the original, anchored by the crashed ship in the center, with a few enhancements designed to take advantage of the new movement system.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Sabotage releases on January 31, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated PEGI 18 (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes).

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