If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on some far-future shooter action from the Call of Duty series, you might get a chance tomorrow. The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta starts for anyone who pre-ordered the game on PS4, and those with codes can start pre-loading today. Xbox One players will have to wait a bit longer, but you can check your eligibility here: you’ll need a code from whichever retailer you pre-ordered from. The beta clocks in at a not all that small 19 GB.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ended up on the receiving end of an enormous wave of hatred shortly after its first trailer: something about the spaceships and far future weapons seemed to set off a particular corner of the internet, and things were only exacerbated when EA ran in the decidedly opposite direction by moving back towards World War 1 for the Battlefield series. Call of Duty has been playing with the near future for a few installations now, but the addition of full-fledged space combat firmly plants the series in the realm of sci-fi for the first time. It clearly has its vocal opponents, but I don’t think the outcry will ultimately have too much impact on the bottom line.
I’ve been warming to this game with every new piece of information I’ve received: I’m a campaign guy, mostly, and I like the idea of the slightly more open-ended dogfights, as well as the way the game neatly transitions to boots on the ground combat. The prospect of zero-G navigation opens up all sorts of new options for both single and multiplayer, even if it’s an idea that was passingly explored back with the forgettable Call of Duty: Ghosts. Everything I’ve seen so far has been as slick as we expect from this series, and that’s saying something: Call of Duty may not be the juggernaut it once was, but it’s still reliably one of, if not the, biggest release every year (Pokémon GOgives it a run for its money this year, of course).
At the end of the day, Call of Duty is all about the multiplayer, and that’s what we can get a look at tomorrow. Stay tuned for more thoughts.