Activision and Infinity Ward are wrapping up the first beta for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare while prepping to expand the game and the audience it'll be made available to with a larger, more diverse beta that's set to go live this weekend.
Activision made a post over on their official blog announcing that they have big plans for the second beta weekend for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, this includes an all new matchmaking system that they'll be trying out as more people will be invited to the beta. In fact, not only will gamers playing on the PlayStation 4 be able to participate in the beta weekend, but people playing on the Xbox One will also be able to participate in the beta weekend.
If you pre-ordered Infinite Warfare on Xbox One you'll automatically be eligible to play in the beta this weekend. However, even if you did not pre-order the game on PS4, you can still play the beta this weekend via PSN. So Xbox One gamers who pre-ordered can participate in the beta and all PS4 gamers can participate in the beta.
Sadly, for some odd reason Infinity Ward and Activision did not include PC participation. I don't know why PC gamers were left out of the Infinite Warfare beta test but this move is identical to what Respawn Entertainment pulled with Titanfall 2, where PC gamers were once again left out of the loop and unable to participate in the multiplayer beta for the game.
At least to the credit of Respawn, they had an excuse on hand... stating that they didn't want PC players to datamine the contents of Titanfall 2 and leak and spoil the entire single-player campaign. For Infinity Ward, I'm not sure why PC gamers got the shaft.
Anyway, last week the limited beta test for PS4 gamers didn't go over so well for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The game had some major server and connectivity issues, preventing a lot of people from playing the game online.
Activision tried to assuage some of the disgruntlement by introducing a new game mode in the form of Kill Confirmed -- which sees gamers having to kill their opponent and take their dog tags in order to confirm the kill and count it as score -- and a new map called Precinct, set in a futuristic Tokyo, Japan.
A lot of gamers who pre-ordered Infinite Warfare were a bit peeved that they committed themselves to the title but the beta didn't work as advertised.
I'm sure that Activision is hoping everything works out well enough for the beta over the weekend to keep gamers enticed, but they're working on an uphill climb against EA and DICE who just released Battlefield 1 to a lot of startling acclaim, and they also have Titanfall 2 due to release next Friday for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Both games arrive ahead of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which is set to launch next month on November 4th.
If this final beta test this weekend isn't enough to convince gamers to commit to a purchase, then Call of Duty could be losing a lot of market share this year.