Call of Duty Calls for Multiplayer Details

Posted on 03 Sep 2016 by
Kyle Johnson

With Call of Duty XP, a fan event in Inglewood, California fully underway, many were wondering if Infinity Ward and Activision had done enough for the franchise to freshen the multiplayer take. The long and the short of it is…maybe. Paying tribute to its frenetic, twitch-shooter roots, yet while still honing its jetpack and hero system, Infinite Warfare has made some strides on systems from Black Ops 3 and Advanced Warfare.

One of the more curious features shown off in the trailer above is the “rig system.” Infinite Warfare’s take on the Specialist system from Black Ops 3 or Operators from Rainbow Six: Siege, or perhaps more loosely, heroes from Overwatch or Battleborn, different rigs give different special abilities, traits, and special weaponry. Fans of the series will find these six rigs more visually distinct from the rather samey Specialists found in Black Ops 3, and with ultimate abilities, such as the black hole generating gun of Stryker, or the active camo found on Phantom, Infinite Warfare becomes strangely more and more about abilities every day.

At the end of the day though, Infinite Warfare is all about shooting men very quickly, and trying to stay alive in the same way. There are some other additions as well, such as weapon crafting, which allows players to create custom, powered-up weaponry by using “salvage gained from playing matches, and challenge guilds, which are four distinct questlines that offer unique cosmetics and XP bonuses in response to completing their own challenges.

Despite receiving overwhelming negative feedback from the fickle internet, Infinite Warfare looks to draw in more players with a more focused version of multiplayer found in entries in years past. Again, it’s weird to say, but Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare could be one of the first games to get the “hero shooter” applied to a wider audience.

But wait, there’s more! The only reason many people were interested in Infinite Warfare in the first place was because of the Modern Warfare remastered multiplayer that comes as part of the $80 package of both games. The official trailer linked below shows off some multiplayer, though major websites have put out longer, full-round videos of Overgrown, Backlot, and more.

As someone who sunk well over 300 hours into Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, while the footage looks promising (bleak yet detailed, slower), the sound felt immediately off, though that might be from the years of distance between myself and the days spent hammering out levels on my Xbox 360. Many others are looking for customizable HUD elements, but as part of the package, Modern Warfare Remastered looks to be an excellent addition onto an interesting package.

The beta for Infinite Warfare is slated to begin on October 14th for PS4, with Xbox One beta dates to follow. Much like Titanfall 2, the beta will skip PC entirely, with access only being granted via a pre-order of the game. Two steps forward, one step back, as always. Stay tuned for more info on Call of Duty as the season progresses.


Official Press Release

London, UK – 2nd September – Call of Duty XP is now open.  The sold-out Call of Duty® fan celebration kicked-off this morning with a global briefing featuring the world premiere of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer trailer, followed by the announcement that Activision will release a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta starting October 14th, first on PlayStation®4.  Activision also shared that all 16 of the original multiplayer maps will be coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the previously announced 10 maps at launch, and the additional six from the hit, original will be made available in December at no additional cost.

Activision also revealed that Jackal Assault, the first-ever Call of Duty PlayStation®VR experience, will be offered to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare players on PS4 as a free, added bonus. Jackal Assault immerses fans in the cockpit and puts them in control of a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Fans attending Call of Duty XP will get the chance to play Jackal Assault on-site at the event.

“There’s a ton of excitement here at Call of Duty XP.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Call of Duty fans to celebrate and enjoy everything this franchise has to offer,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty, Activision. “We’re continuing the momentum from XP next month as fans around the world will be able to join us online to play in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta, which will give fans a chance to play multiplayer early and will help us to fine-tune the MP experience as we head into launch.”

The epic fan-celebration started with the global briefing, which featured the world premiere of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s highly-anticipated multiplayer mode, as well as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and new content for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The presentation was streamed live in HD on www.twitch.tv/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty, www.callofduty.com and www.MLG.tv/callofdutyxp and will be available on VOD later this weekend.

Added Kostich, “The Jackal Assault is a cool, fun extension that’s inspired by Infinite Warfare.  We’re excited to not only share this experience with Call of Duty XP fans this weekend, but give it for free to all Infinite Warfare PS4 players later this year.”

Call of Duty XP represents the biggest celebration of the largest gaming franchise in the world; and is hosted by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI).  The event takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., today through September 4.

Inside, the arena is filled with fans eager to cheer on their favourite teams in the first Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation®4 as teams attempt to survive four days of intense competition and vie for their share of the $2 million prize pool, the biggest prize purse in Call of Duty history.

For fans who can’t attend Call of Duty XP in person, select events from the celebration, as well as the Call of Duty World League Championship, Presented by PlayStation®4, will be livestreamed in HD on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/callofduty, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/callofduty and www.callofduty.com. CWL fans can also watch all the Black Ops III esports action on MLG.TV and in-game (BOIII PS4™) through Live Event Viewer.

Call of Duty XP precedes the year’s most anticipated entertainment launch on November 4th when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases worldwide, along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered*, both of which releasing on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC.  Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is rated PEGI 18.

*Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered contains only 10 MP maps from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, the additional six MP maps will be released in December.  Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download.  Internet connection required.  For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/MWR_FAQCall of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is included with the Legacy Editions and Digital Deluxe Editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Check local retailers for availability of all Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Editions.


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