The previously unseen multiplayer component of the latest in the military shooter franchise has been a subject of much controversy. A large portion of the fanbase have been outspokenly against the outer-space setting. Many predicted it would bring about a greater emphasis on the sci-fi gadgetry and abilities seen in previous titles, such as Advanced Warfare‘s EXO-suit and Black Ops III‘s jetpacks.
These fans were, to their assumed dismay, correct. The trailer showcases a number of futuristic abilities and weaponry. A returning feature is what appears to be the Specialist, now relabeled as the “Combat Rig.” These six Rigs each feature a unique set of perks and items, allowing the player the customization they expect from Call of Duty. Abilities like wallrunning and sliding make their return, and maps are allegedly now even more designed around providing players with situations to make use of these mobility options.
Prototype weapons, a new feature to the franchise is also highlighted. Players can collect “salvage” which will allow them to take existing weapons to re-craft and form new weapons better tailored to their playstyle. Crafted weapons will have different varieties in rarity, each carrying their own perks.
A variety of classic game modes will be available at launch, along with a new game mode: Defender. Similar to Halo‘s Oddball, players must hold a ball and play keep-away from the enemy team in order to earn points.
Reception of the first look at Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s multiplayer has been quite polarizing so far, as the trailer currently holds more “dislikes” than “likes” on YouTube. Earlier this year I claimed that Battlefield 1 might outperform Infinite Warfare, and after seeing these trailer, I still stand by that.
For the in-depth glimpse at the multiplayer component of Infinite Warfare, check out the video below.