The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta, available on PS4 and Xbox One, will give pre-order customers a chance to jump into Activision's highly anticipated shooter early.
The beta will run across two phases, one for PlayStation and one for Xbox. Each phase includes three maps -- Frontier, Frost and Throwback -- and a selection of both classic and new game modes, including Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed and Domination.
First out the gate, first to dominate
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare boasts the largest and most varied array of classes, rigs, perks and attachments than ever before. With so many potential options for players to choose from it can be difficult to find a set up that's right for you.
The beta is only playable for a limited amount of time, so finding that perfect class loadout before it's all over might prove a little tricky. As the beta goes on I will update this article with the most effective class setups that work well for each playstyle.
The best formula for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare class loadout
Start by choosing your favourite ‘combat rig’. Check out our rig guide here. Rigs are a set of base characters playable in Infinite Warfare, similar to the specialists in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Each rig has its own advantage, so pick the rig that works best with your playstyle. For this class I suggest opting for the Merc rig. This rig will provide you a nice balance of speed and durability, backed up by a devastating payload.
Second, choose your favourite gun, for mid range maps I recommend either the Volk or the NV-4, much like your classic M4-A1 of Modern Warfare fame. For close quarter maps, I recommend the FHR-40. The FHR-40 is being touted by many early players as the best gun in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, period.
Choose your attachments
To maximize the effectiveness of this class setup you'll need to run three attachments. Attachments are more important than perks. This has always been my opinion and in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare this has never been more true. Concentrate on the gun-to-gun aspect of the multiplayer in this edition.
Perks and killstreaks are far less effective and are to be used merely as background support - do not rely on them. Rely on instinct and your weapon. The most effective attachments we've found are:
- Quick draw Stock
- Extended Magazine
For perks, you are going to want to run:
- Perk 1 – Blast Shield and Dexterity. Blast shield is like the flak jacket of old and helps bolster your defence against explosives etc. Dexterity is like Sleight of hand, in allowing you to reload and switch weapons faster.
- Perk 2 – start out with Hardline. Hardline will allow you the grace of achieving killstreaks a few kills early. This is a great option for beginners, but as you advance up the rankings you will most likely want to switch to Scavenger.
Scavenger will allow you to maximise the effectiveness of the class – killstreaks in Infinite Warfare have been nerfed somewhat, which to me is a solid move.
- Perk 3 – If you have space (with three attachments you may not have access to a third) I suggest that you load up Pinpoint (for SMGs and pistols). Pinpoint allows for greater damage to be dealt and will also highlight your target.
- If you opt for an assault rifle then choosing Marksman is your best bet.
Choose a secondary weapon
For a secondary, go with a pistol. Pistols in Infinite Warfare are formidable weapons. Unlike previous games in the series, the secondary is now a real viable option in combat.
I recommend selecting the Hailstorm – 3, a burst-fire ballistic pistol.
That's our recommendation for the most effective class setup in the Inifnite Warfare beta.