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Published on December 13th, 2016 | by gareth


Is Activision’s Free Trial Of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare A Bold Move Or An Act Of Desperation?

Recently Activision announced that they will be granting free access for a limited time for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Some say this is a move made out of desperation as reports have the game selling at 51% of last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Infinite Warfare seems to have drawn wrath from the moment it was announced as many people complained that the futuristic setting and weapons were not what they wanted as they wanted a boots on the ground gameplay experience. To me this is amusing as the knock on the series for years had been that it is too similar year after year, so when they do something different, gamers are shocked and outraged.

Activision also did not help the cause by bundling Modern Warfare Remastered when many gamers had indicated that they wanted to be able to purchase it  without being forced to buy Infinite Warfare as well.

To my way of thinking, Activision is making a bold statement as they are confident that they have a quality product and are saying that they are so sure people will like it, they are willing to give gamers a try it before you buy it opportunity.

In the days of old demos of a game where common, some of which combined a sampling of the online and solo play portions of the game. The solo campaign for Infinite Warfare has drawn praise from reviewers, and I enjoyed the diversity and story of the campaign which was one of the stronger entries into the series.

The multiplayer is a mixed bag as while I love the maps, they do remind me more of DOOM than Call of Duty, and many past issues such as hit detection, balance, and hackers remain.  That being said the game is fun and in my opinion does not deserve the amount of venom that has been thrown at it since it was announced.

Activision knows the game has not had the sales they had hoped for and are willing to let the product speak for itself which is something that more publishers should look into doing as $59.99 is a bit too much of a gamble for many gamers, who often say that they will wait until the price drops on titles that they are unsure of.

It will be interesting to see what the response to this will be from gamers, but for now, it is an interesting move for a series that until recently was Teflon.


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in just 5+ weeks is the best selling console game of the year.


  Activision’s Blockbuster Call of Duty Franchise is
#1 Top Selling Console Video Game Franchise in North America for
8th Consecutive Year

Santa Monica, CA – December 15, 2016 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. [NASDAQ: ATVI], today announced that Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare is the #1 console video game in the U.S., based on year-to-date revenues from physical unit sales.  The title, which launched on November 4th, is also the #1 top selling console title for the month of November, based on revenue from physical unit sales.  Additionally, Activision’s Call of Duty® franchise is the #1 console video game franchise in North America for the 8th consecutive year, based on year-to-date revenue from physical unit sales.
“Call of Duty is retail’s #1 grossing console franchise in the U.S. for the 8th consecutive year and the boldly innovative Infinite Warfare is the #1 grossing console game of the year at retail in the U.S.,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s CEO. “In addition to our annual blockbuster release, Call of Duty is about engaging fans year around. Black Ops 3 has had amazing engagement all year and now with the classic, boots on the ground gameplay of Modern Warfare Remastered, and the thrilling new experiences of Infinite Warfare, we have a great experience for every Call of Duty fan this holiday.”
Also, available now is the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Season Pass, which can be purchased on its own or as part of the Legacy Pro or Digital Deluxe editions of the game. Season Pass gives discounted access to four Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC Map Packs released during 2017 (discount based on a Season Pass suggested retail price of $49.99, and four individual DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each) that take innovative multiplayer mechanics to a variety of all-new, sensational environments.

The DLC Map Packs will be available first on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and availability and release dates may vary by platform. Season Pass owners will also get four new terrifying zombie adventures featuring quirky environments and fearsome enemies. Additionally, as a special offer, Season Pass owners will receive 10 Rare Supply Drops and 1,000 bonus Salvage that fans can use to craft new Prototype weapons in multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is rated M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes). Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is available in the Legacy and Digital Deluxe Editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare The title is rated M for Mature (Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language). Check local retailers for availability of all Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Editions.

For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. Fans can also follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download. Internet connection required. For disc-based Legacy editions of Infinite Warfare on PS4™ system and Xbox One, Infinite Warfare game disc must be inserted to play Modern Warfare Remastered. Internet Connection Required. For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/MWR_FAQ.



About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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