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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta Weekend 1 now live on PS4

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The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta has arrived! Weekend 1 of the beta is now live only on PlayStation 4 till Monday, October 17 at 10AM PT.

Players who preordered Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare digitally, the beta is now available for download directly on the PlayStation 4 store. Search for ‘Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta’ on the store to find it and download now.

Players who preordered Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at a retailer, make sure you redeemed the code you received from the retailer at callofduty.com/beta. Activision has started to send out emails with beta download codes, which you need to redeem on the PlayStation 4 store.


The Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta is a 19GB download. The beta lets players get their first hands on with the Infinite Warfare multiplayer experience.

The Infinite Warfare beta includes 3 multiplayer maps, 3 Combat Rigs, 4 Game Modes, and more.

There are three maps available in the beta, including Frost, Frontier, and Throwback. See the maps in action here.

Players can also experience the Combat Rig system in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta. Learn more about the Combat Rigs here. Out of the 6 total rigs available in Infinite Warfare, 3 are playable in the beta: Warfighter, MERC, and Synaptic.

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.

Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Defender are the four modes currently available in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta. The beta trailer released earlier this week suggested there would be five modes available, so stay tuned for info on what mode will be added.

In addition, in the Infinite Warfare beta, player can also get hands on with the new Weapon Crafting system, which lets players craft weapons by using Salvage, the in-game currency. For the beta, Infinity Ward has increased the Salvage drop rate so that players can try out the crafting system. Learn more about the weapon systems in our post here and in the video here.


If you experience any issues during the beta, please reach out to Activision Support via their site or on Twitter.

Weekend 1 of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta ends on Monday, October 17 at 10AM PT!

Weekend 2 of the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta begins on Friday, October 21 at 10AM PT and ends on Monday, October 24 at 10AM PT on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Beta is not available on PC.

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CoD dev responds to calls for Zombies Chronicles 2 release

Black Ops 3’s Zombies Chronicles DLC was a huge success, and now a Treyarch dev has finally responded to community support for its return.

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Zombies Chronicles first released all the way back in 2017 and fans have been begging for its return ever since. Finally, a Call of Duty developer has responded to the community support for its return.

It’s been four years since Treyarch introduced fans to Chronicles, a fan-favorite DLC that offered eight maps from previous titles.

Unsurprisingly, it was an instant hit with the die-hard community around the mode, letting them play their favorite maps from the Black Ops series on newer, more powerful hardware.

The mode was so popular, that players have been begging for Treyarch to bring it back, however, the developers have never publicly commented on that matter until December 4, 2021.

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Treyarch Lead Game Designer Kevin Drew finally broke the silence around Zombies Chronicles 2 with a new tweet about the DLC, and the possibility of a second offering down the road.

While he didn’t confirm its return, Drew thanked the community for their love for Chronicles, and said that their support helped keep the idea alive.

“Let me be clear, keep asking for [Zombies Chronicles 2],” he tweeted. “That passion and demand is what keeps the door open to the possibility of it!”

While this doesn’t offer any clear pathway to a second DLC pack, it at least confirms that there is a possibility of a second iteration of Zombies Chronicles, as Drew didn’t move to completely shut down the idea of its return.

Unfortunately, Treyarch are not due to launch a CoD title until 2023, so even if this idea came to fruition, fans would have to wait two full years to get their hands on it.

Zombies has returned in Vanguard, but some players have not been impressed with the “embarrassing lack of content” the mode launched with. If you have been enjoying the mode though, check out our best weapons and whether there is a Wonder Weapon or not.

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Call of Duty dev finally confirms that games have had SBMM all along

A former Call of Duty developer has confirmed that the series has used skill-based matching since 2007’s Modern Warfare.

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Skill-based matchmaking has been a hugely controversial issue among Call of Duty fans for years, and former developer Josh Menke has finally confirmed that CoD titles have had SBMM as far back as 2007’s Modern Warfare.

In the early days of online multiplayer gaming, players would have to select a server to join by themselves. As time went on, developers started to automate that process, eventually introducing skill-based matchmaking in an attempt to keep matches competitive.

While this seems logical, it’s been a highly contentious issue among gamers who claim it has ruined games and made them less fun.

Games like Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have been criticized for using skill-based matchmaking too much, with players comparing them to older Call of Duty titles. However, former Activision Senior Systems Designer Josh Menke has revealed that SBMM has been in CoD games since 2007.

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The idea behind skill-based matchmaking is to place you in lobbies with players of a similar skill level. While many believe that older Call of Duty titles didn’t do this, Menke states it’s been used as far back as the original Modern Warfare.

“[Call of Duty 4] did have some skill-based match-making, all of them always have,” he told GDC. “It’s just the math and science have gotten better over the years. If you grew up on it back then, your expectations are very different than if you have it now.”

“The same thing happens in Fortnite, even today. When the game first started, I believe they had very little skill-based matchmaking, then over the years they’ve experimented with different levels of SBMM and using bots.”

“You’ll have players who play Call of Duty that will be like, ‘I don’t like skill-based matchmaking,’ but then they go play Valorant and it’s fine.”

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One of the biggest complaints about skill-based matchmaking is that while it should be used in ranked modes, public or casual matches have become too difficult because of the system.

Menke does feel that developers are making one major error with current matchmaking systems, saying that when a game can’t find a good match for a player, it just “settles” for a bad one. Instead, he suggests using “real-time stats” on the player base to create the best games possible.

Whether you like SBMM or not, the system isn’t going anywhere. At least the long-running debate over CoD’s historical matchmaking system can finally be put to rest.

For more Call of Duty, check out everything you need to know about Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map.

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Top 5 hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time

Call of Duty has produced some of the most memorable campaigns in FPS history, but we’re counting down the top 5 hardest ever.

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As well as delivering epic narratives and creating iconic characters, plenty of CoD campaigns have also offered a nice challenge down the years. So we’ve picked out the top 5 hardest CoD campaigns ever, and ranked them.

Whilst it’s Call of Duty’s multiplayer that understandably gets all the plaudits, the franchise has produced some incredibly good single-player experiences too – with Vanguard being the latest one. After all, before online gaming really got going in the mid-late 2000s, campaigns were the main selling point of FPS games.

Many games have since overlooked this aspect in favor of keeping players hooked to live service models. However, barring Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, every major CoD title has had a campaign, and we’ve sifted through them all to rank the top five hardest of all time.

Hardest CoD campaigns ever ranked

player fighting through Paris in MW3

We can confirm that we’ve played and beaten all these campaigns on the Veteran difficulty setting – apart from BLOPS III which we did on its debuting Realistic difficulty.

As most players will know, Veteran can turn a simple corridor into a test of patience that can take a long time. This separates the weak from the strong and is a perfect way to differentiate campaigns.

Recent years have phased out repsawning enemies and grenade spam, and as a result, have been a lot easier. But a trip down memory lane will dig up some of the most frustrating levels and sections in the series.

5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

soap looking at gulag in MW2

Definitely not as tough as the later entries on our list, but Infinity Ward’s second installment of the Modern Warfare saga had the odd mean level that will bring out the veins in your head.

The game actually starts out fairly generously for the first few levels, and then dumps a harsh one-two punch of Takedown on you, a nerve-inducing push through the Favela, and the extremely open nature of Wolverines.

You’re allowed your breath back for a bit, and then you’re plunged into the infested depths of the Gulag that has some positively vile checkpoints to clear. Through Whiskey Hotel and Loose Ends you have a ton of enemies to contend with and these are the levels that test your Veteran instincts, especially the survive and escape formula of Loose Ends.

Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t have a defining level or section that stands out, it’s just packed with lots of solid fights that will test your mettle.

4. Call of Duty 2

player fighting across bridge in COD2

The early Call of Duty games set the standard for some of the difficulty that was going to be featured down the line.

CoD2 feels a bit more streamlined and thought-out compared to the first game, but it’s still rife with grenades flying in from every angle and Germans that have had their skills honed by the Matrix.

There’s definitely a sense that the levels get harder towards the end, as a natural difficulty curve should do. The German respawn factory never ceases production, even until the very end. The only thing that lessens the difficulty a tad is the fact that Call of Duty 2 introduced regenerating health for the first time, meaning players had time to recover.

3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

player looking at chernobyl wheel in cod4

We consider CoD4 to be the best Call of Duty game, and its characters, set-pieces, that nuclear explosion scene, and so much more make this campaign memorable, not least the punishing difficulty.

But it’s a handful of missions and sections that will get you used to the death screen. Charlie Don’t Surf’s push through the Broadcast area is painful, the Hunted is littered with large space and tight areas packed with enemies, and even scaling the hill in Safehouse can take a while.

But it’s some of the game’s final missions where things are turned up to 100. The iconic One Shot, One Kill mission is a supreme test of skill, patience, and luck on Veteran, No Fighting in the War Room is a timed slog through steam, claustrophobic corridors teeming with foes, and of course – Mile High Club.

A one-minute sprint through about 50 enemies in the tightest fighting area yet, going up a floor, demanding absolute precision and excellence on your part. You’ll find that if you check many gamer’s Trophies and Achievements for CoD4, they’ll be missing this one on Veteran.

2. Call of Duty: World at War

a squad advancing in world at war mission

Call of Duty: Grenade would’ve been a more apt title for Treyarch’s 2008 World War II shooter and many players to this day still see grenade indicators appearing in their vision.

Every mission is an exercise in patience and bravery thanks to unlimited enemy respawns and the germans owning every grenade in existence.

The game is a brutal journey for its first 14 missions on Veteran, and then you get to what is probably the most difficult FPS mission ever created – Heart of the Reich. The act of taking down four AA guns can take literally hours as you have little cover, enemies are attacking (infinitely) from all sides, and you’re having to constantly retreat from grenades every two seconds.

World at War is one of the last true tests of outrageous CoD difficulty.

1. Call of Duty 1 (Call of Duty: Classic)

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Anyone who thinks World at War or CoD4 are the hardest campaigns only say that because they haven’t the arduous task of completing the first-ever Call of Duty campaign on Veteran.

Why’s it the hardest? It’s very simple. No health regeneration, no health packs, the checkpoints are utterly unforgiving as you need to have a certain amount of health to trigger them, otherwise, you get diddly squat, checkpoints can be awarded as you’re getting shot, enemies can regularly appear behind you, and they have an immaculate aim.

Then when you start to factor in Chateau, POW Camp, Eder Dam, Truck Ride, Battleship Tirpitz, and the absolutely mind-bogglingly difficult Pavlov’s House, then it’s easy to see why Call of Duty 1 has the hardest campaign ever.

Don’t believe us? Go and play it on Veteran, then get back to us.


So that’s our top 5 list of the hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time. Even if your list has one or two slightly different entries, we can all agree that Call of Duty has done a great job of serving up some fiendishly tough treats.

If you enjoyed our list and want more original content, then check out the best CoD Zombies maps ranked, every gun in Vanguard ranked, or even the 10 best FPS weapons of all time!

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