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What We Learned from the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Beta

Infinity Ward is making changes to the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer based on your gameplay and feedback!

By Kevin Kelly on October 29, 2016 Editorial Manager
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Over the last two weekends, players from all over the world played in one of the most important testing periods for our game. We honestly cannot thank you enough for participating, sharing your feedback, and taking part in this journey with us. It’s been an incredible time for the team and we couldn’t have learned as much as we have without you, so thank you.

During the Beta, we wanted to not only test a variety of new things such as our new matchmaking system, but we also wanted to hear all your feedback to help balance the game.

We’ve been making adjustments since the Beta and below are the details on the changes you’ll see heading into launch day. Again, thank you for your support and we’ll see you online!


We received a ton of great data from the Beta, allowing us to take a hard look at all of the guns and we will make changes as needed. Here are some of the immediate tweaks we will be implementing.

  • Shotguns
    • Increased the consistency of shotgun damage
    • Shotgun damage at longer range has been increased
    • Slightly increased the one shot kill range.
    • Both the Reaver and Banshee have received a slight bonus to their 1 trigger pull kill range
  • Snipers
    • Bullet spread at the hip no longer gets smaller as the player ADS’s. Once the scope reaches the player’s eye, the bullet spread goes instantly to zero.
    • Sniper aim assist was reduced slightly for the KBS Longbow and the other bolt action snipers. Our turn rate while Aimed Down Sights is still slowed to help with precision aiming.
    • Sniper-class weapons no longer have any Aim Assist until the optic fully reaches the player’s eye.
    • For the ELO and Scout optics on snipers, the idle sway while ADS has been increased along with the player’s view bounce when moving. Because these optics are less zoomed in, the view bounce and the sway are felt less. These changes are to promote more stationary aiming and firing with these optics.
    • The Tracking Chip optic’s visuals have been improved
    • Reduced bonus of the Quickdraw attachment on snipers
    • Updated snipers to have more flinch when getting shot.
  • Launchers
    • The Howitzer Grenade Launcher can now be fired from the hip instead of requiring full ADS
  • SMGs
    • The RPR Evo epic variant (Ripper) has had a tuning pass to increase recoil given its bonus fire rate


  • Marksman – We fixed a bug where, in addition to reducing flinch, it was also reducing recoil. This would then stack with Gun Perks and the Foregrip Attachment. This bonus reduction has been removed.
  • Momentum – Fixed issues with speed not being retained
  • Marked Target – The temporary red marker on the victim has been toned down


  • Health Regen time has been reduced
  • Infusion bonus reduced
  • Continuing to refine spawn system on beta maps, will assess remaining launch maps in live environment


  • Increased salvage gain in mission teams.
  • Changed currency value in supply drops.
  • Increased drop rate of keys in round-based modes.


  • AP-3X
    • Increased health, bullet damage, and weapon accuracy up close to help with target acquisition
  • RC-8
    • Increased health, increased weapon accuracy to help with target acquisition, slight increase in fire rate, and slight damage increase on splash damage
  • H.O.R
    • Increased speed of tracking rockets
    • Increase damage of both tracking and straight fire rockets
  • Bombardment
    • Slight decrease in both time to the initial drop and the time between each subsequent drop
    • Updated area damage to be consistent inner to outer
  • Rigs
    • Refining payload balance
    • Slight tweaks to gameplay balance across rigs


  • Defender: When carrying the Drone, the score-per-second bonus has been bumped from 5 score per second to 10 score per second. Scorestreak carrier bonus is unaffected.
  • Gun Game: Now features all classic weapons. In future updates, weapons with alternate functions will retain their state upon spawn.
  • Domination: When you step off a flag, the current capture bar progress starts to decay. The rate of this decay has been halved from the Beta. This allows players to hop off a flag to defend it and then get back on the flag with less progress loss


  • Potential player evaluation was too strict. We were doing some very thorough testing of your connection to other players before placing you in a lobby with those players. This turned out to be a bit too thorough, and eventually was relaxed, leading to shorter matching times.
  • Incorrect geographic categorization. There was an issue in our geolocation system which was causing some players to be incorrectly categorized. This was also resolved during the beta, improving matchmaking times.
  • Dead lobby cleanup.  The process which cleans up unused or dead lobby information from our back end was taking too long.  This was causing a number of slowdowns when searching for a match.
  • The matchmaker was always quite good at generating new lobbies, but one thing we noticed was that queueing into a join in progress situation was taking much longer. This was due to some issues in the way we track information about the lobbies that are currently playing a match. These issues were also addressed during the beta, and sped up the join in progress case immensely.


  • We know a lot of you had different experiences with TTK during the Beta. With the above adjustments to dedicated servers, matchmaking, and weapon tuning, we think you’ll find that the TTK will be more balanced at launch, both on the attacking and receiving end. We’ll continue to monitor and balance throughout the year as need and would love your feedback in the process.
  • We’re always looking at TTK and will continue to balance and monitor


  • One of the major infrastructure changes we made this project was how dedicated server allocations work.  We're using a new load balancing system on the servers themselves, as well as pretty heavily changed how the game chooses a datacenter to use, and requests a dedicated server from that datacenter. 
  • At the start of the Beta, you may have noticed some host migrations and some poorer quality matches. We discovered some issues where the new system was dropping our dedicated server utilization numbers way below target.  After some tweaks and fixes we were able dramatically improve our dedicated server utilization for the second weekend and beyond.

Thanks again for all your support.  We look forward to your continued feedback on all of the above and look forward to heading online to play starting November 4.

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just started downloading the cod 4 remastered and as it is downloading it lets you play a bots game,so my problem with the game already is.......on the old cod4 u could blow up an opponent with your C4 which u planted while on last stand,so in the game lm a sniper,l lay my C4 beside me incase anybody sneaks up to kill me, you could double tap the X button while on last stand to kill your opponent,but u cant do that on this version which really frustrates me as thats how ld usually play my game,so its not an exact copy of the game which TOTALLY ruins the game ror me as the double tappin X while on last stand to blow up your opponent with your planted C4 doesnt work on this new remastered version????? and ld like to know why that has been changed??????l just hope u fix it with a patch for the xbox one,because if nothing changes in the game,l for one will be wanting a full refund for this game which isnt remastered,youve changed stuff that you could do in the original cod. 4 to not being able to do it in the remastered game????where is the sense in that???? so please fix this with a patch or something so that we can play cod4 exactly the way we used to and not changing things!!!!!! thankyou

well i think or thought it was bull***** cuz i go to play it and couldnt because i dont have a *****ing playstation plus account well some people cant afford that ***** so i dont think it was fair for people who got to play and for people who coulndt play i was looking forward to it

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si inportar todos los cambios que quieran aser los jugadores veteranos de cod ya estamos cansados de el mismo  engien con diferentes plataformas. quiero ver realismo no fantasias echas por un niño ingeniero que piensa que su creacion es cool.... voten el que esta asiendo los ultimos juegos. mejor pregunten que quiere el consumidor..

 yo me presto a ayudar . me cansa ver las porquerias que asen cada ves peor... me niego a comprar otro cod asta que agan algo real e impresionante no los muñecos boladores que tambien se cren spiderman por las paderes..      trabajen con seriedad y realismo actual o pasado real busquen una istoria real y trabajen su nuevo cod... ya vasta les garantiso que de continuar con las porquerias de titulos que asen van a la quiebra....  yo soy el primero en criticarlos como soy el primero en alavarlos cojan seriedad att... subzero1977 .. para que vean que soy veteran de cod desde el primero.. 

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