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Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Hands On Impressions: Fast, fun, yet strikingly familiar

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Editor’s Note: Activision paid for our travel, hotel, and access to the Call of Duty XP event. 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer mode is finally revealed. We got to play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer at the Call of Duty XP press event and are ready to share some of our impressions of the game.

One of the easiest ways to describe Infinite Warfare multiplayer is that it brings together a lot of features from one different Call of Duty titles into a singular experience that is fun in its own way, fast-paced, and exciting to play. Another way to talk about this game is how strikingly (like, seriously) similar some of it is to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Infinity Ward’s key focus for this title, as stated by Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Lead, Joe Cecot: “With a focus on driving front line combat engagements and rewards players of all play styles.” One of their key idea in this game is to redefine the player and the play-space that players interact with.

Movement System: 

The movement system in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is almost identical to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s movement system. The players get a boost meter on their screen, which indicates how high you can jump, how far you can boost slide, and yes, wall-running is back.

Unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s movement is more tightly controlled and less ‘fluid’ in terms of chaining-up. Going from running to wall running sometimes feels like you are doing separate movements, versus in Black Ops 3, and at points, there is a delay in the boost sliding quickly experience. At some points in the matches, it feels as if the movement system is unnecessary — there are certain instances when playing when you want to boost jump, but feel like it will put you at a disadvantage in the play space.

This is still a early build of the game, not the final version, so hopefully Infinity Ward address some of the inconsistencies that exist with the movement system.

Combat Rigs: 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features the new Combat Rigs, which is basically Infinity Ward’s take on Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Specialist system.

In an interview with charlieINTEL, Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Project Director Jordan Hirsh stated that the idea for Combat Rigs came from giving players the equipment they need to play in the different scenery and environments. “Rigs came in pretty early in development. Through that process, we pulled that back and allowed more flexibility. We need to put players in suits essentially that worked in space. So it worked naturally to put players in this cool armor systems,” said Hirsh.

The characters are different from Specialists from Black Ops 3 in that the different weapon and abilities are combined under a Payload category, and there is another option that players have to select for each Combat Rig called Traits. Payload and Traits vary between each character and cater to a wide variety of play styles. The Traits are additional perks that each character can have for the length of the game. Certain traits can only be used once per life in game, while others are consistently active throughout the length of the match.

The Combat Rigs do not have any particular story or connection to the campaign in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. While some might seem overpowered in the description of them, from what we played, it seems Infinity Ward is putting big focus on ensuring balance in the gameplay style.

A huge difference from Specialists and Combat Rigs: Combat Rigs can actually be changed mid-match in-game via the start menu. You do not have to select a rig and be stuck with it the entire game, so if a certain rig just does not work out for you in a specific match, you have the ability to adjust and change whenever. But, when players change the rig mid-match, the payload meter in the bottom left does reset to adjust to the new selection. This is a welcome addition, as it allows you as a player to adapt as the match progresses. Even more so, it helps with adapting in-game to the enemies’ play style.

Pick 10: 

The Pick 10 system is back in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This system is almost identical to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but it does have some differences. There’s no specific wildcards, and certain items may cost more points than others. Infinity Ward did not go into major detail on this yet, but stated that it is similar to past Pick 10 iterations. Scorestreaks are not part of the Pick 10; players must pick a set of streaks that will remain consistent across all classes.

The Play Space — Map Design: 

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Infinity Ward has a variety of maps in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Infinity Ward listed some of their focuses in redefining the player space:

  • Fast time to combat
  • Force head to head engagements
  • Never before seen environments (space station, other planets moon)
  • Varied layout designs — high replay-ability

Some maps are the classic, three lane Call of Duty maps, while there are larger maps to cater for those play-styles. Breakdown map takes place on Earth and is a map catered to the larger style of play, while still maintaining the 3 lane structure.

Another one of the maps shown, Frontier, is one of the smallest maps we have ever seen in Call of Duty. It features only 2 lanes, fast paced action which is a ton of fun. The map takes place on a space station orbiting around Neptune but is completely enclosed.

The maps are designed beautifully, both aesthetically and style of play. One of the best modes we got to play was Defender on Frontier. Being such a small map, Frontier allowed for an incredibly fast paced, action packed game of Defender. The map is lined up with close quarter engagements, with enemies around every corner. Even more, when an individual is taken out, their bodies actually float to match the outside environment of the space.

We also got to play Terminal, the fan favorite preorder bonus map for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Terminal’s layout is exactly the same as it was in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. There are some differences, however. In the plane, there are no seats anymore, leaving no cover in the plane as you try to run through. In addition, in the main hallway and select other areas of the maps, glass windows that were in MW2 have been replaced with hard cover that cannot be breached.

As a side note: there are no maps in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer that takes place in zero-gravity, Infinity Ward confirmed to us. They wanted to focus on retaining the classic Call of Duty style and decided against those player spaces.

Another change to the overall HUD of the screen and player space is that in-game, in-match every single player has a little icon above their head which shows their health level. This is a first for Call of Duty, although it has been in other FPS games. It is helpful in identifying how many more shots you need to take out enemies and is not that obtrusive to your HUD. In addition, Infinity Ward has added a brand new feature under the mini-map, which is basically a callout section. It tells you where the action is, and in Hardpoint, will even list the current Hardpoint’s location. Infinity Ward said this is to emphasize and help with player communication. During our playtime, we did not actually notice this being that helpful, as it is kinda small on screen and not that relevant to consistently see and be aware of.

Weapons: 

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Infinity Ward has brought back a wide variety of weapons, alongside brand new weapons. The game features Assault Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Shotguns, Snipers, Directed Energy Weapons, and more. And for the first time ever, there’s a selection of Classic weapons, which are fan favorite weapons from older Call of Duty games brought back. The classic weapons were not available for us to play with at Call of Duty XP.

In terms of balance, there is a wide variety of weapons in Infinite Warfare. In Black Ops 3, there seemed to be limited variety in terms of how varied the weapons are, but Infinity Ward has really altered and changed up the style of weapons in each category in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. There needs to be some balancing to adjust some of the weapons, as certain SMGs and ARs felt overpowered, but overall the weapon direction is more using modern weapons, where some have a futuristic twist.

There is a lot going for Infinity Ward with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. One of the simplest was I could describe this game is: it incorporates elements from all previous Call of Duty titles, while trying to be fresh, fun, and new. As a side note, yes, we realize that the gameplay does look awfully familiar to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. And it sorta does play like Black Ops 3, but faster. It is almost like an upgraded, better version of Black Ops 3, adjusting for balance, and being cautious of the casual play styles.

One thing’s for sure, Infinity Ward has learned a lot from their mistakes in Call of Duty: Ghosts’ MP, but until we play the final version, it is not clear if this vision will work with the fans.

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

The start of 2022 signaled over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.

There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: October 28

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For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 2022

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A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead. In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains.

Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud when the game releases on October 25, 2022.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: Holiday 2022

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There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.

Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.

God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Summer 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.

Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022. For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of a season, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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