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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is deep in the throes of the spooky season, having kicked off its "Willard Wyler's Hallowe'en Scream" celebrations yesterday.
Activision released Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered standalone this week, but you still need the Infinite Warfare disc to play if you got yours through the expensive versions of the game.
Last year, Activision brushed off a troubling warning sign that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare might end up not working out as well as the mega publisher hoped.
From the austere Newtonian universe of Spacewar! to the lush galactic disc of Mass Effect, video games have been taking us beyond Earth's atmosphere for decades, but in the eyes of Dr Jeff Norris of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, few have done the spirit and practicalities of space travel justice. Speaking at this February's DICE summit in Las Vegas (video below), Norris threw down something of a gauntlet. "If you'd like games to be recognised as a great form of art, I'm afraid that some of you, not all of you, are going to need to step it up. You see, great art, doesn't just move us as individuals, it can move entire societies." For Norris, art has worth when it's bringing about "riot and revolution", when it furthers some broader cultural or political enterprise - an enterprise such as NASA itself, which has long relied upon dreamers of all kinds to relay its values and significance to the world at large.
Candy Crush Saga developer King is making a mobile Call of Duty game.
Pam Grier, the actress who famously played Jackie Brown in the 1997 Quentin Tarantino movie, is the star of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's next DLC.
UK retailer GAME has seen its profits fall dramatically after a disappointing Christmas.
Pre-tax profits were down by more than a quarter for the Christmas period, GamesIndustry.biz reported, compared to Christmas the year before.
2015 saw five game sell more than 1m copies each, with the vast number of those in the run-up to Christmas - such as Fallout 4, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
In other Call of Duty news, Activision has announced that you can buy a new voice pack that makes Method Man the Infinite Warfare announcer.
This year's Call of Duty game is titled Call of Duty: WW2, sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
Don't expect another space-set Call of Duty for a long time - Activision has at last admitted what was clear all along - fans did not like last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Game sales were down year-on-year and revenue was down too - despite the allure of Modern Warfare Remastered if you stumped up the cash for Infinite Warfare's pricier editions.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's space setting "didn't resonate" with fans, Activision exec Eric Hirshberg admitted to investors this evening during a just-finished financial call. The result? "It wasn't success we planned."
Movie director Kevin Smith is in the next Call of Duty DLC.
A generous portion of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be free to play this weekend and into next week.
Here's what's clear: big console game sales are down. Titanfall 2, Watch Dogs 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dishonored 2 and more all failed to even match the sales of their predecessors at launch. People I've spoken to in the UK retail business are in panic mode. The PS4 has been a huge success. Xbox One is doing well. What's going on?
I've seen plenty of theories, some better than others. Writing on Eurogamer's sister site, Gamesindustry.biz, Rob Fahey puts forward one of the better ones: that the rise of digital means fewer physical game sales are in people's hands to trade-in. Certainly in the UK, which has a huge pre-owned video game market, that makes a lot of sense.
Fahey also suggests more and more games are designed to keep us playing week after week and, as a result, we're not interested in playing as many new games. Think Destiny or Minecraft or FIFA. Again, I agree this plays a part. I played Destiny for pretty much two years solid, tuning in each week to the detriment of trying out new games.
Welcome to your weekly sampler of videos from Outside Xbox, where this week we were bemoaning the quality of childcare in video games.
When Activision announced plans to remaster the much-loved Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, fans of the series rejoiced. But when Activision announced that the only way to get the game was to buy the expensive Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition - or its digital equivalent - fans recoiled in horror. Suffice it to say, Activision's refusal to sell Modern Warfare Remastered separately didn't go down well.
So, there were plenty of Call of Duty fans, only interested in Modern Warfare Remastered, who decided against buying Infinite Warfare's £79.99 edition because, well, that's a lot of money to fork out just to play the remaster of a nine-year-old game.
Well, now the Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare has been reduced as part of Black Friday madness. At Amazon it's down to £49.99, which is £30 cheaper than it was at launch.
Let's pretend, for a moment, that the phrase 'Infinite Warfare' actually means something. Let's pretend that it isn't just the usual flavour text, tacked onto the title to mark a studio's painful rebirth, while sparing older gamers the vertigo of actually reading the words 'Call of Duty 13'. Let's pretend that it is something tangible. Even navigable. The mathematical symbol for infinity is a figure of eight turned on its side. I gaze at that symbol and after a while, I begin to see something I recognise. A single, looping path, belted at the waist to create an intersection and thus, blind spots and flanking opportunities - a terrain for engagement which ensures a combatant can strike out at whim and find their way inexorably to a foe.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Launch sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare were down 48.5 per cent compared to last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Both Infinite Warfare and Blops 3 launched on a similar Friday in November. Both games had a huge marketing push. But, for a number of reasons, Infinite Warfare sold only half as well.
That's not to say Infinite Warfare flopped - far from it. Infinity Ward's sci-fi shooter was still 2016's second-largest launch in the UK - behind FIFA 17 - despite losing half its sales year-on-year.
Call of Duty's new PlayStation VR demo, the Jackal Assault VR Experience, doesn't actually require owning Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to play.
PC Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare may be temporarily cheaper on the Windows 10 Store (£33) than on Steam (£40), but if you buy from the Windows Store, you will not be able to play with people who buy on Steam.
Whatever your feelings on the Call of Duty series, you can't really deny that their releases still feel like notable events in the annual gaming calendar. Today, in case you hadn't noticed or didn't care, is both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered's time to shine.
To mark this special occasion, I'll be dedicating most of the day to streaming both games across both Facebook and YouTube, to make things interesting.
I'll be starting the streams off with four hours of Infinite Warfare gameplay, where I'll be trying out the three major facets of the game - Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies. That'll go live on our Facebook page at 10:30am before hopping over to our YouTube channel at 11am where I'll be streaming until 2:30pm.
Editor's note: Ahead of our full review next week after we've had time to get to grips with the game's online component, here are Edwin's impressions of the single-player campaign.
This year's Call of Duty has a YOLO mode.
System checks have been initiated, the hype machine has been refueled and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is clear for launch.
This is an odd one. Lewis Hamilton, eminent Snapchatter and reigning Formula One world champion, is making an appearance in this year's Call of Duty. It's not the first superstar cameo in Call of Duty, of course - he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Kevin Spacey, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kiefer Sutherland - but it's certainly one of the strangest.
The new Call of Duty lets you end a competitive multiplayer match with a devastating nuke - but it's rock hard to trigger.
Hello! Normally we'd have an entertaining list video for you today - what with it being Saturday and all that - but to be honest we've all been surprisingly busy this week with things like PSVR, Halloween Overwatch, podcasts and Battlefield 1.
Fear not though, your Saturday will not be entirely lacking fun video stuff, because I'll be going live at 5pm BST with a stream of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's multiplayer beta.
I know, I know. It's the Call of Duty no one really wants this year. I'll be the first to admit I'd rather be playing a beta of Modern Warfare Remastered's multiplayer, but you never know - this might actually be surprisingly good.
The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta features three maps and four modes, Infinity Ward has confirmed over at the Activision blog.
The beta gives players a chance to use the new Combat Rigs system. These are suits chosen by players that provide tactical options. You can swap mid-match to help take a different approach.
The beta includes three of the six different Combat Rigs that will be in the game when it launches on 4th November. They are Warfighter (mid-range assault), Merc (heavy defense and suppressive fire), and Synaptic (a droid optimised for speed and close quarters combat).
If you install both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare plus Modern Warfare Remastered, you need at least 130GB of space free on your hard-drive.
That's according to the back of the PlayStation 4 version of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, which itself was revealed by a French retailer (thanks, Charlie Intel).
Now, it comes as no surprise to learn that the two games' combined installation size is larger than a single Call of Duty, but 130GB total is something of an eyebrow-raiser. That's over a quarter of your 500GB console hard-drive.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered requires the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare disc be inserted in order to play.
That's if you buy Infinite Warfare on disc. As you'd expect, if you download the game you don't need the disc.
Charlie Intel spotted that the recently-launched Modern Warfare Remastered page on the Call of Duty website includes the following note:
As per Activision's marketing deal with Sony for this year's Call of Duty, the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta goes live on PlayStation 4 a week before it does on Xbox One.
The beta begins at 5pm UK time on the 14th October on PS4, and runs until 5pm UK time 17th October.
The second week of the beta begins on PS4 and Xbox One at 5pm on 21st October, and runs until 24th October.
Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, is the villain in the new Call of Duty - and Activision has finally shown him off in action and in-game.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's multiplayer beta will kick off on 14th October for PS4 players who pre-order the game, Activision has announced.
The multiplayer beta will be available for at least three days for Xbox One players who pre-order, though it's not been announced when this will launch on Microsoft's console.
PC players won't get a beta at all.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will contain all 16 original multiplayer maps from Infinity Ward's 2007 adventure.
10 will be available at launch with another six to follow in December at no additional cost, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed during a Call of Duty livestream.
Modern Warfare Remastered won't be available as a standalone product and can only be acquired by purchasing the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy, Legacy Pro, or Digital Deluxe Editions.
The flashy Call of Duty XP event is going on in Los Angeles this weekend, bringing CoD fans and pro players together for the championship finals and to get a glimpse at the future of the franchise.
Rolled into the event is the first opportunity to get hands on with Infinite Warfare's multiplayer mode, which is exactly what Chris and I did yesterday. You can hear our impressions and watch fifteen minutes of gameplay in the video below. There's quite a lot to take in, but the most important piece of information is that you can turn into a giant robot dog and run around killing people. Mecha-Colin confirmed.
I'm so glad we captured Chris' gameplay and not mine - I am not the Call of Duty player I once was. Nonetheless, Infinite Warfare strikes me as bombastic and busy, but also rather fun. We also got hands on with Modern Warfare Remastered, so look out for something on that in a day or so.
There's a scene in the first Battlefield 1 trailer that sums up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's reveal. It involves a huge flaming airship crashing and burning, going down like a lead balloon.
Call of Duty's next Zombies mode is all '80s and stars The Hoff.
Activision's put out 12 minutes of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare gameplay.
The video, below, expands upon the footage shown at E3 in June.
Infinite Warfare, from Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, is set in the future and expands the series' traditional boots on the ground combat into space.
Once upon a time, Halo was the tale of a place. A tale of it, and a tale shaped by it. Installation 04's famous skybox - that pristine curl of oceans and meadows, rearing amid the stars - may be very obviously a flat backdrop, but it does create the impression of an underlying 3D continuity, the vague conviction, as in a Souls game, that you can pick out the site of a previous battle high above the skyline, winking through the atmospheric haze.
In space no-one can hear you scream - unless you're in a Call of Duty spacesuit, that is.
Sony has secured exclusive early access to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered campaign on PlayStation 4 - but you have to pre-order one of the more expensive versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to get it.
As already announced, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is included with the Legacy Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Legacy Pro versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Activision has insisted there's no other way to get the game, and in the process angered many Call of Duty fans only interested in revisiting what many consider to be the best game in the series.
Now, if you pre-order either of those versions on PlayStation 4, you get early access to the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign. This means you can play it on 5th october 2016 - 30 days before it's available on PC and Xbox One and when Infinite Warfare goes on general release.
For all the high-profile negativity surrounding Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's reveal trailer, the game's campaign actually looks pretty interesting.
Actor Kit Harington, best known as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, will play the villain in the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Today Activision announced the return of Call of Duty XP, the big Call of Duty event. It's set to take place 2nd to 4th September in Los Angeles.
Less than a week since its reveal, Battlefield 1 now has the best-rated trailer across the whole of YouTube.
That statistic covers games, TV shows and movies. After six days, it boasts a colossal view count of 26m, with 1.3m upvotes and 24k down.
To put that in perspective, compare those figures with the official reveal trailer for Captain America: Civil War. It has had five months to notch up 55m views, with 348k upvotes and 10k downvotes.
A couple of days ago, Activision announced that Modern Warfare Remastered would only be available to those who bought the Legacy Editions of Infinite Warfare.
Last night, Activision Blizzard posted its quarterly financial results and - no surprise, really - it is doing just fine.
The company posted better-than-expected revenues, posted user growth across its collection of games (those released by Activision itself, plus Blizzard and mobile giant King).
Across all three brands last year, players spent 10bn hours playing and 32bn hours spectating Activision games. Combined, that total is roughly equal to the total number of hours spent watching Netflix by its entire userbase worldwide.
UPDATE 06/05/2016 12.08am: Activision has responded to the criticism over its Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer.
In an earnings call Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg addressed the backlash by saying it was nothing new and that even with the criticism, the Infinite Warfare trailer still received more likes per view than any other Call of Duty trailer.
He furthermore noted that the same thing happened when Black Ops 2 was revealed, yet it went on to become the most successful game in the series' history.
It looks like Call of Duty is - finally - leaving the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 behind.
Fancy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered but not interested in buying Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare? You're out of luck.
In a FAQ on Activision's support website, the company confirmed Modern Warfare Remastered will not come as a separate disc. It is a full game download included in the Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe editions of Infinite Warfare.
Just to be clear, Modern Warfare Remastered is only available through the Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe Editions.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has now been officially revealed, following rumours that it would be set - at least partially - in space.
The game's debut trailer was released this morning and teases a campaign that ventures even further into the realms of sci-fi than the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare managed to, with the presumed protagonist Lt. Reyes at one point commandeering what can be best described as a space jet.
It's not clear whether Infinite Warfare is linked to Infinity Ward's previous game under the Call of Duty banner, Ghosts.
UPDATE 28th April 2016: Activision's official Call of Duty Twitter account has hyped up the leaked Modern Warfare remaster using the poop emoji.