Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta detailed

First beta weekend begins October 14 on PlayStation 4.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Activision has detailed the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta.

The first weekend of the beta will begin next Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. GMT on PlayStation 4, and then again for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players the following weeked on October 21 before concluding on October 24.

Get the details below.

Combat Rigs

One of the biggest additions to Infinite Warfare Multiplayer is the introduction of Combat Rigs. These are combat systems, or suits, chosen and worn by the player that provide a customized suite of tactical options. The Rigs are inspired by six distinct playstyles and are swappable mid-match to help you take a different approach to the game as it unfolds.

Each Combat Rig can be equipped with one Payload and one Trait. Payloads are weapons or abilities you can activate mid-match once earned, and they bring an immediate boost to your Rig. Traits are persistent passive abilities that open up strategic gameplay opportunities based on your playstyle. You can unlock three Payloads and three Traits on each Combat Rig as you progress through the game.

When the Beta kicks off next Friday, you will be able to get your hands on three of the six different Combat Rigs that will be in the game at launch on 11/4. Let’s take a closer look at them:

Warfighter

Designed for a mid-range assault-style player, equip the Warfighter rig to support the team by getting fast kills, quickly getting to an objective, and always being on the offensive.

  • Payloads
    • Claw Powerful – Spread-shot weapon. Fires bullets that can ricochet around corners.
    • Combat Focus – Allows you to get double points for a limited time, getting you to that scorestreak even faster.
    • Overdrive – Gives you a speed boost.
  • Traits
    • Ping – Kills and assists send a ping that highlights nearby enemies.
    • Persistence – Scorestreak counts don’t reset after death, but cost more.
    • Resupply – Lethals and tacticals can be resupplied by scavenging supplies from downed foes.

Merc

This imposing suit is equipped with payload options designed to clear enemy threats quickly and with authority. Its focus is heavy defense and suppressive fire.

  • Payloads
    • Steel Dragon – Heavy beam weapon that can target multiple enemies.
    • Bull Charge – Armored riot shield that destroys enemies as you charge.
    • Reactive Armor – Electromagnetically charged armor that shields you from enemy fire.
  • Traits
    • Infusion – When triggered, regenerates health quickly after taking damage.
    • Man-At-Arms – Heavy weapons won’t slow you down, and you start with maximum ammo.
    • Shock Wave – Slam yourself into the ground and enemies with this devastating jump.

Synaptic

A C6 Class remote-operated droid optimized for speed and close quarters combat.

  • Payloads
    • Equalizer – Dual under-arm machine guns with built-in suppressors for close quarters combat.
    • Rewind – Rewinds your position and replenishes health and ammo.
    • Reaper – Switches you into four-legged, rapid melee combat mode.
  • Traits
    • Combat Burst – After each kill, gain a boost of movement speed.
    • Propulsion – Jump pack that recharges quickly and allows you to damage enemies underneath you with the blast from the jump pack.
    • Rushdown – Allows you to dash in any horizontal direction.

Please note that Payloads and Traits are unlocked via progression and therefore not all may be available during the Beta.

Mission Teams

Mission Teams bring a metagame to Multiplayer in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. By completing missions while enlisted in a team, you will earn a team rank. Complete those missions with honors, and you will earn extra experience towards your rank.

Each team has a unique commander who will deliver missions to you, and comment on your success or failure. Ranking up will give you rewards from that team, including calling cards, camos, emblems, unique Rig cosmetics, as well as specific prototype weapons that are only available from that team.

In the Beta, players will get to experience two of the four Mission Teams, and will be able to enlist in the JTF Wolverines when they start the game. Their motto is “First in the Fight,” and this team and their commander favor aggressive combat. Also available as players progress will be the Orion Initiative, who go by the creed “Vigilance to Victory,” and bring their organized strategy to objective based missions.

Maps

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare offers a variety of maps that are optimized across the board for different types of engagements and game modes. Here’s a look at three of the maps that will be in the Beta:

  • Frontier – Circular, two-lane, fast-paced. Frontier is a small section of a giant space station that is in orbit around the planet Neptune. The action is funneled down a long, central corridor with side paths offering an element of strategy and a constricted lower lane for players craving chaos.
  • Frost – Linear, three-lane, medium-paced. A research facility set atop the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Ample opportunities for vertical combat and rapid encounters around sleek modular elements highlight this frozen battleground.
  • Throwback – Bent, three-lane, medium-paced. This throwback 1950’s ‘Main Street USA’ locale sits on a giant, rotating, torus-shaped space station. A large circular lane rings the perimeter, while a large center square with multiple avenues of approach and two opposing windows offers a wide range of engagement opportunities.

Modes

Fan favorite modes including Team Deathmatch, Domination and Kill Confirmed will be rotated throughout the Beta, along with some surprises like the new Defender mode:

  • Defender – High-stakes game of ‘keep away’. Your team must grab a drone and defend it, gaining points while holding on and keeping it out of enemy hands. Teamwork is essential here in order to make sure your points add up until the drone resets and the cycle starts again.

You’ll get all of this and more in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Beta, including many new weapons, scorestreaks, lethals, tacticals, and customization options. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface as far as the content in the Beta goes, and Infinity Ward also has some surprises in store for you. So play as often as you can, and keep your eyes peeled. We’ll see you online!

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 4.

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