Amid Flagging Sales, Infinite Warfare Free Weekend, Modern Warfare Gets Crates

Posted on 13 Dec 2016 by
Kyle Johnson

Coming off of a slew of stories about Call of Duty’s lackluster success in a year filled with excellent first-person shooters, a free weekend is opening up for Infinite Warfare from December 15th to the 20th. Last week CNBC brought news that Call of Duty physical sales were down nearly 50 percent, triggering a sharp decline in the stock value of Activision. The NPD market data research group also estimated that overall sales were down nearly 17 percent from the previous year.

Indeed, Activision’s stock value is down nearly 20 percent from its yearly high, reached in late October before Infinite Warfare launched. Perhaps to drum up interest in a sagging entry in their massive series that sees Black Ops 3 maintaining higher numbers than Infinite Warfare less than a month after release, Infinity Ward announced on December 12th that a free weekend would be coming, and it involves multiplayer, singleplayer, and Zombies. Two campaign levels will be available, and while you can’t level up past 15 in multiplayer or level three in Zombies, the experiences are there, if you so choose.

Of course, with every good move comes another, worse choice. I brought news earlier this week that Modern Warfare Remastered would be getting six new maps, plus Winter Crash in a free update. It seems as though Infinity Ward wasn’t quite satisfied with the older title, as they have added in “supply drops,” Call of Duty’s take on the loot crate. This line snuck into a blog post on Activision’s website, and curiously is missing from the update trailer.

Thrilling… regardless, hopefully this will be enough to drum up at least some interest in a series known for massive, bombastic appeal. Look forward to my review of the “Call of Duties” coming soon.

Official Press Release

London, England. – 13th December, 2016 – If you’ve been itching to try out Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, we’ve got a special gift for you because ‘Tis the Season! Beginning at 6pm GMT on December 15th through to 6pm GMT December 20th you can download and play the latest Call of Duty experience, with access to all three game modes.

That means you can engage with the storyline in the campaign with “Rising Threat” and “Black Sky,” the first two levels of the game. Plus, you can jump into multiplayer with friends and foes (Level Cap of 15), and try to hold your own against the undead in a zombie infested 1980s amusement park (Level Cap of 3).

What’s even better is that if you purchase the game, your progress and experience will carry over. You can find all the details here, so get set to enjoy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and find out why Game Informer calls it “a potent triple threat of entertainment.”


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