In 2011 Activision attempted to take their industry-leading Call of Duty franchise to another level by giving the brand its own annual convention and launching a paid-for service for dedicated players dubbed Call of Duty: Elite. That service and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were what the very first Call of Duty XP event were built around.
Five years later and Activision and Infinity Ward are back at it again, finally bringing back XP and this time making the event bigger. The upcoming game on display is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare where the title's multiplayer modes are finally being revealed. We had a chance to get hands-on with the title and learn (and use) all of its new playable classes (called "rigs), its weapons, perks, payloads, progression systems, score streaks, etc. across five new maps.
During today's keynote presentation to kick-off the public three-day portion of Call of Duty XP 2016 (which is entirely sold out) the multiplayer trailer was finally debuted to the public. It's the best trailer for the game so far, and for players skeptical about the super sci-fi, deep in space campaign/story trailers, this gameplay sizzle (and that music by The Prodigy (The Day Is My Enemy)!) may turn things around.
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At a glance, Infinite Warfare is very familiar in its multiplayer modes, and from playing it we can confirm it does feel similar as well to Black Ops 3. There are two new modes debuting in this year's game ("Defender" and "Frontline") but these are built on slight twists on existing modes. The double-jump, power-sliding, class system, and 10-point custom loadout systems are all the same from last year's release, and Infinity Ward is optining on polishing that up a little more and adding a few new layers.
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Players will be able to craft weapons by collecting salvage, and join one of four mission teams, each with their own leader, and by earning points for that team can earn exclusive in-game items (i.e. "Epic Weapons") that cannot be acquired any other way. COD is beginning to lean into the loot game more than ever by even adding RPG style rarity labels to prototype weapons, the Epics being the best and having the best perks.
Stay tuned for more, including information and impressions on the game's '80s inspired zombies mode, Jackal VR, and a full breakdown on all the new items and features coming to the franchise with Infinite Warfare through the day and weekend.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 4, 2016.