Activision and Infinity Ward announced that the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare limited beta test that they held over the weekend is being extended due to some serious server connection issues that plagued the beta experience for a lot of PS4 gamers.
The beta was originally designed for those who pre-ordered the game and wanted to get in some early play-testing time ahead of the official launch in November. The beta contained a few playable maps and some game modes to run through, offering a vertical slice from the larger Call of Duty cake.
However, there were some major issues that popped up over the start of the weekend when gamers let Activision know that the game wasn't working properly. In fact, a lot of people had issues trying to get into matchmaking games because the matchmaking wasn't working. Others ran into problems when they were dropped from the games during the middle of the match. Other problems included getting through the matchmaking process but the match would never start and gamers would end up getting stuck at the queuing screen.
To help compensate for the downtime a lot of gamers suffered during the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta, Activision decided to extend the beta by an extra day and they even introduced an additional game mode and a new map for players to mess around with.
This isn't the only beta test they'll be holding, though. They also plan on running another beta test this upcoming weekend between October 22nd and October 24th. The new beta test will include the Xbox One this time around, giving the other side of the console war an opportunity to get in on the action.
The extension of the test is a very calculated move by Activision because it will be eating into the launch of EA and DICE's extremely popular and very well received Battlefield 1. The new game has actually been highly under-promoted for the kind of content it has and the way it visually brings World War I to life during this eighth generation of gaming. Already, the campaign mode in DICE's title is miles apart from what Activision and Infinity Ward is doing with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, so extending goodwill and making positive gestures to lure in more gamers to the side of Call of Duty will likely help stave off some of the defectors who might want to get in some game time with the World War I shooter.
Activision isn't even in the clear following the launch of Battlefield 1. At the end of the month EA and Respawn Entertainment have Titanfall 2 set to drop, which will directly cannibalize sales of Infinite Warfare due to being set in a sci-fi universe just like Activision's new shooter, so they'll be facing off against two extremely big heavy hitters due to launch this month alone.
It's actually going to be an uphill struggle for Activision to maintain a majority of market share this holiday season given the stiff competition, but they're likely banking on the goodwill of the extended beta test and the upcoming beta weekend for Xbox One and PS4 gamers to help retain some of their share of the pie.