Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Activision's weekend beta for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which is currently available for PS4 owners, just received a slight update in the form of a new map and a new mode for gamers to play test before things close out this Monday.

Gamespot is reporting that the new map added to the Infinite Warfare rotation is called Precinct. It's set within a futuristic Tokyo downtown and features a main street and a few alleyways along with a gas station that rests near the center of the map.

The Precinct also features several buildings that can be entered, but they only offer traversal to get from one area of the map to the next with either a single floor offering multiple entry and exit ways; or multiple floors with various entry and exit ways. The map is medium sized, but likely may feel bigger for some gamers due to the ability to run through the back alleys and duck down side streets.

This is one of those Call of Duty maps that's designed to play fast and keep the action moving. There are a lot of architectural design choices that prompt for players to start and maintain forward momentum, constantly seeking to get the next kill in front of them. It's an interesting design choice that maintains a lot of fast-paced closed encounters and mid-ranged shootouts.

Unlike some of the other maps introduced in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, there are very few obstacles present, mostly focusing on corridors and pathways instead of traditional death match rooms or areas with obstructions designed for whack-a-mole encounters.

The design of the map itself -- despite taking place in Tokyo where one might expect really tight corners and small side-streets -- actually is quite spacious. There's plenty of room designed to give players opportunities to jump around, duck-dodge and corner strafe without getting clogged up in a congested firefight, which is usually a problem in many Call of Duty maps.

The Precinct map in Infinite Warfare can be played with all of the available game modes present in the beta running through the weekend. Additionally, that means that you can also play the map with the Kill Confirmed mode.

Kill Confirmed is essentially a mode that requires you to get close to the opponent that you killed, as the score only counts when you recover their dog tags. This means that shooting someone out of the map, blowing them off a ridge, or forcing them into an unreachable area will not reap beneficial results- the dog tags cannot be retrieved. It's definitely a more tactical game mode featured in the Call of Duty series, and joins many other modes that will be available in the upcoming first-person shooter; this includes but is not limited to Domination, Team Deathmatch, and Defender, to name but a few.

This current beta for Infinite Warfare will run through the weekend, but they also have a second beta planned for next weekend for both PS4 and Xbox One owners. Sadly, PC gamers will not be able to participate in any of the beta tests.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due for release on November 4th next month for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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