Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a fight on its hands. I mean, quite literally, given it’s a game about fighting, but also thanks to renewed competition from EA’s Battlefield series. As a result, it’s hardly a surprise that - right in the middle of Battlefield 1‘s highly successful beta - Infinity Ward has chosen to cast more light on Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer mode.
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To do so, it’s released a new, seven minute long multiplayer trailer, complete with the kind of voiceover more commonly found on a National Geographic ‘Air Crash Investigation’ special. Oh boy, did the Infinity Ward PR team get a kick out of writing the script for this one.
Case in point, the trailer pays homage to Infinite Warfare’s “fluid momentum based movement system”, which when combined with “player focused map design, deep customisation, a brand new combat system” helps to “create an intense gameplay experience where every second counts”. It also helps generate one of the most generic pieces of marketing spiel I’ve ever heard in my life.
Nevertheless, also detailed in the trailer is the multiplayer’s new future tech and equipment, the combinations of which the studio claims will deliver “more choice and freedom”.
Much of this is already common knowledge, but the trailer touches on how the three payloads and be combined with three new perks (called traits) within the six combat rigs to create more than 50 combinations for players to choose from. If this trailer is anything to go by, Infinity Ward is very keen to stress Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer is all about individuality.
The trailer also pushes the new focus on weapon progression, with players able to craft base weapons into prototype weapons with extra abilities. As the voiceover guy puts it, it’s all about “collecting and redeeming salvage to unlock distinct prototype weapons.”
Somewhat less successful is said voiceover’s sign-off, where he states: “While this may be the future of warfare, this is still an old school fight”. If I could drop a rolling eyes emoticon into this copy, this is about where I’d put it.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will launch on November 4.