Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare arrives tomorrow, transporting players to a future where war has reached the stars. But while you'll be able to enjoy all of the usual single player, cooperative and competitive modes folks have come to expect from the series, a new tough-as-nails offering seems custom made for the most hardcore of FPS fans.
Varying difficulties have been around since the dawn of the first-person shooter. Heck, even classic titles like Doom and Wolfenstein boasted challenges that ranged from cakewalk on up to hair-pullingly frustrating. Over on the Activision Blog, though, the developers have announced a new game setting with a name that's eye-rollingly appropriate. In it, you only get one life, hence the name "YOLO."
Whether or not you hate catchphrases and hot new slang, you can't really argue that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's most difficult setting isn't perfectly named. YOLO stands for "you only live once," and that's exactly what you can expect out of this campaign setting. And we're not talking about a setting where, if you die, you simply go all the way back to the beginning of the level. No, Activision is using YOLO correctly here, in that if you die, you go all the way back to the beginning of the game.
While a mode like this, in Call of Duty or any other game, gets a hard pass from yours truly, I imagine it will become a favorite for folks who adore the series or genre. I can easily see a livestreaming community sprouting up around Infinite Warfare's YOLO setting, with players sharing their triumphs and horribly crushing defeats with an audience of captivated viewers.
If playing Call of Duty YOLO isn't your cup of tea, though, there's still plenty to enjoy outside of that particular challenge. You've got a "campaign that spans the solar system," according to the announcement, as well as all of those multiplayer options and the 1980's theme park cooperative experience, Zombies in Spaceland.
The announcement also outlines the inclusion of Side Missions in Infinite Warfare, additional tasks that will allow players to earn persistent upgrades, as well as Weapon Armories that, you guessed it, give you access to some rad weaponry.
Also revealed was Specialist Mode that, like YOLO, will unlock after you've beaten the game on any of the other starting modes. A bit more forgiving than YOLO, this mode features more strict healing, gear that takes permanent damage and even affects to movement if you, say, get shot in the legs.
Finally, Activision gave some additional details on the Jackal Assault Experience, a PlayStation VR mission set in the world of Infinite Warfare that will actually be available on PSN to everyone, free of charge.
So what do you think, readers? Do you plan on taking the YOLO mode for a spin in Infinite Warfare? Let us know in the comments below.