Learn everything there is to know about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's campaign, multiplayer, and zombies, as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
After months of rumors and speculation, Activision and Infinity Ward have finally pulled the curtain back on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Fans now have a much better idea of what to expect from this year's entry in the long-running Call of Duty series, but some may have found the bevy of information that dropped a little overwhelming.
For those that want all the important details that have been shared about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare so far, we have compiled it all in one convenient location.
The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer focused almost entirely on the upcoming game's campaign mode, explaining its setting, some characters, and the plot. As seen in the trailer, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set in the far future, at a time when the Earth has been stripped of most of its natural resources. This prompts the nations of the world to band together as the United Nations Space Alliance (UNSA), with the goal of traveling to distant asteroids and planets to mine resources for Earth.
However, a group of militant extremists arise that want to control the various intergalactic outposts and secede from the UNSA. This group, led by a villain played by Kit Harrington, calls itself the Settlement Defense Force (SDF), and it begins a galaxy-spanning war with the UNSA. Players will take control of Captain Nick Reyes, who will lead the UNSA's Special Combat Air Recon unit against SDF forces in various battles with the help of special space-based aircraft called Jackals.
Kit Harrington isn't the only celebrity appearing in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Just as sports stars like Marshawn Lynch have appeared in past games, F1 racer Lewis Hamilton has joined the cast, though the extent of his role is unknown. He will apparently be featured in six different scenes in the campaign, but how it's hard to say how important his character will be until fans get their hands on the game itself come November 4th.
At E3 2016, Activision showed off an extended gameplay section from Infinite Warfare's campaign. For the most part, it appears as though the campaign will stick to the tried-and-true Call of Duty formula, albeit in an outer space setting, but fans can judge for themselves by checking out the Infinite Warfare E3 2016 gameplay demo.
After seeing some of the spaceship dogfighting showcased in the E3 2016 demo, some fans accused these sections of being on-rails. On the contrary, Activision has confirmed that Infinite Warfare's space battles are not on rails, and gamers will have full control over their spacecraft during these levels in the game.
In the meantime, we also know that instead of campaign co-op, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will feature side missions for campaign replayability. Further details on how side missions will work in Infinite Warfare are not yet available at this time.
At the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles on September 2nd, Activision finally revealed what fans can expect from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's multiplayer. Hands-on sessions with the game at the event show that it will feel like a tweak on Black Ops III's multiplayer, so it is sticking to the franchise's formula, retaining features like scorestreaks, but with some new additions to keep things fresh.
Instead of retaining the Specialists from Black Ops III, Infinite Warfare introduces its own take on the concept with Combat Rigs. Combat Rigs are essentially loadouts that favor specific play styles. For example, one rig will equip players to compete in close-range combat, whereas another is focused on long range engagements. In total, there are six Combat Rigs in Infinite Warfare's multiplayer for Call of Duty fans to master.
Another new addition to Infinite Warfare is the Defender mode. This new multiplayer match type takes cues from Halo's Oddball, tasking players with holding on to an object (in this case a drone) for as long as possible. The team that is able to hold onto the drone for the longest period of time before the match ends wins.
Those intrigued by this new content are in luck, as they will have a chance to try out Infinite Warfare's multiplayer well before launch. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will have a multiplayer beta that begins at 10am Pacific time on October 14th for PS4 users, and on October 21st at the same time for those playing on Xbox One. The beta is scheduled to end on October 24th at 10am Pacific. To gain access to the beta, one simply has to pre-order Infinite Warfare, though PC gamers should be aware that the beta is skipping their platform of choice
At gamescom 2016, Activision released a trailer detailing Infinite Warfare's Zombies mode. Called Zombies in Spaceland, Infinite Warfare's take on Zombies has players take control of 1980's archetypes as they battle hordes of the undead in an amusement pwrk with a science-fiction theme.
Ever since the release of Call of Duty 2 in 2005, every single main series entry in the Call of Duty series has released on seventh generation hardware. Unfortunately for those that have yet to upgrade to a PS4 or Xbox One, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be an eighth-gen only title, releasing only for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Considering Black Ops III's seventh gen release came without a campaign, this move is probably for the best, and should allow Infinity Ward to really push the seventh generation hardware to its limits.
If consumers do decide to purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, they will have a number of choices. They can buy the standard edition of the game, the Digital Deluxe Edition, or the Legacy Edition, which comes with Infinite Warfare as well as a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, equating to 130GB of space needed. There's also the Legacy Pro Edition, which is exclusive to GameStop, and comes with Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the season pass, and more, unspecified bonus content. Speaking of the season pass, consumers should know that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC will be available on PS4 first, with PC and Xbox One owners having to wait 30 extra days for the content.
Those that pre-order any version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will receive a remake of Terminal, a fan favorite map from Modern Warfare 2, as well as exclusive cosmetic items for Zombies in Spaceland.
So, those looking for the complete Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare experience will need to pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition (or its equivalents), as well as pick up the season pass. Since season pass owners on PS4 will have access to DLC a full month before Xbox and PC players, PlayStation seems to be the primary platform for the game. In fact, those that play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on a PlayStation 4 Pro will have the sharpest graphics available for the games.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
While it is technically its own separate game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is only accessible to those that purchase one of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's special editions. Everyone else will miss out on the often-requested remaster, even though fans seem to be more interested in Modern Warfare Remastered than Infinite Warfare.
Modern Warfare Remastered will only have 10 multiplayer maps when it launches, but the remaining six will be added as free DLC in December. It will sport a significant visual upgrade from 2007's Call of Duty 4, will feature dedicated servers, some new control options, and four new cheats. Otherwise, it will largely be the same, critically-acclaimed experience that gamers will remember.
We will update this article as Activision and Infinity Ward offer more information on Infinite Warfare and its various game modes, leading up to the title's November 2016 release.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be available on November 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.