Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer beta is now just days away and those that have pre-ordered the game will soon be able to dive head first into the latest edition of Activision's highly acclaimed first person shooter. Sorry Xbox One owners, you'll have to wait a little longer.
So, what do you need to do before the beta begins?
Here is our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta checklist to get you locked and loaded, ready for this weekend’s battle royale. Ready up, your tour of duty is nigh.
1. Sign up to the Beta
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The beta will run across two phases, one for PlayStation 4 and one for Xbox One. There will be no beta for PC players or for Modern Warfare.
You can only access the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta (on either console) if you have pre-ordered the game.
The first phase will run for PlayStation 4, and will commence at 10am PDT (5pm GMT) on October 14, running up until 10am PDT (5pm GMT) on October 17.
The second phase will be available on Xbox One and PS4, and will commence at 10am PDT (5pm GMT) on October 21, running up until 10am PDT (5pm GMT) on October 24.
It is worth noting that if you pre-order your game via PlayStation you will also gain access to the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare single player campaign a massive 30 days early. This is actually available to play right now.
2. Book the weekend off
This is the weekend we have all been waiting for. I highly recommend taking immediate action to clear your schedule of all upcoming events/weekend duties. This includes work, choirs, visits to the in-laws, trips to home depot, walks in the park, weddings (including your own) and nights out with friends.
Clear your schedule so you are free to relax and immerse yourself in the all out war that awaits you in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta.
3. Get the supplies in
This is going to be a long, sweaty, adrenaline-fuelled weekend, so you must make sure that you keep yourself hydrated and well fed (sleep optional… but recommended). You need to be at the top of your game and the best way to do this is to be fully fuelled up.
Head to the stores and pick out easy to make, nutritious meals. Healthy body, healthy mind = total dominance in Call of Duty. Of course, pizza or any other take out option is a viable choice on one of the evenings.
Outside of meal time ensure you have plenty of snacks and drinks ready and within arm’s reach.
4. Get hyped, get warmed up
This weekend we need to live, breath and think Call of Duty. The best way to prepare is to get playing Call of Duty. Boot up your favourite version and get cracking.
If you have pre-ordered the game then might I suggest getting on the Modern Warfare campaign – that classic will get you pumped!
5. Set up your gaming area
Get out the cordons, move the furniture and nail that gaming position now. Don’t waste vital gaming time setting up your gaming habitat over the weekend – set it up now so you are ready.
The most important element here is positioning. Consider which angle and distance provides you with the optimal acoustic and visual range.
Also consider which direction distractions may enter from. A stray dog or loved one can easily spell the end of a hard fought kill streak. So plan your zone out carefully.
Position the supplies (as outlined above) in easily accessible locations. Have a surface next to you that is capable of hosting hot beverages, meals and Smartphone (Smartphones are handy for referencing tips & tricks).
I recommend clearing all pathways to and from the bathroom to save those vital seconds when nature calls. Routes to and from cooking areas or food delivery points must also be cleared.
6. Do your homework
Jumping head first into Call of Duty multiplayer can be tough. I recommend doing your research before you enter the fray. Watch the teasers and the trailers, that alone will help you figure out the correct fighting approach.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is an all new breed of Call of Duty, the full game will release November 4 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.