Here's what will be included in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta test

Activision has revealed what gamers can expect from the upcoming multiplayer beta test for the sci-fi shooter Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Xbox One owners who have pre-ordered the game will be able to download and play in the multiplayer beta from October 21-24.

In a blog post, Activision says that the beta will include the Team Deathmatch, Domination and Kill Confirmed gameplay modes, along with the all-new Defender mode:

Your team must grab a drone and defend it, gaining points while holding on and keeping it out of enemy hands. Teamwork is essential here in order to make sure your points add up until the drone resets and the cycle starts again.

The beta will also include at least three maps from the full version:

  • FRONTIER: Circular, two-lane, fast-paced; Frontier is a small section of a giant space station that is in orbit around the planet Neptune. The action is funneled down a long, central corridor with side paths offering an element of strategy and a constricted lower lane for players craving chaos.
  • FROST: Linear, three-lane, medium-paced; A research facility set atop the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Ample opportunities for vertical combat and rapid encounters around sleek modular elements highlight this frozen battleground.
  • THROWBACK: Bent, three-lane, medium-paced; This throwback 1950's 'Main Street USA' locale sits on a giant, rotating, torus-shaped space station. A large circular lane rings the perimeter, while a large center square with multiple avenues of approach and two opposing windows offers a wide range of engagement opportunities.

The beta will provide access to three of the game's six Combat Rigs (Warfighter, Merc and Synaptic). Here's how they will work:

Each Combat Rig can be equipped with one Payload and one Trait. Payloads are weapons or abilities you can activate mid-match once earned, and they bring an immediate boost to your Rig. Traits are persistent passive abilities that open up strategic gameplay opportunities based on your playstyle. You can unlock three Payloads and three Traits on each Combat Rig as you progress through the game.

Finally, the beta test will give players access to two of the game's four Mission Teams (JTF Wolverines to start out with and Orion Initiative as they progress). Heres's what that feature's all about:

Each team has a unique commander who will deliver missions to you, and comment on your success or failure. Ranking up will give you rewards from that team, including calling cards, camos, emblems, unique Rig cosmetics, as well as specific prototype weapons that are only available from that team.

The full version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 4.

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John Callaham