Activision and developer Infinity Ward have released enough information on the COD4 multiplayer beta to fill a six-page magazine preview (lookout for them in a month's time).
Straight to the chase...
Experience points: "In game you are going to see pretty yellow numbers pop up when you complete objectives, get kills, etc. These are your Experience Points. Experience Points add to your overall ranking during the match. Depending on the matchtype, you will get a different number of points for different actions. And no, you will not be able to carry your rank over into the final game"
Does it have a party system?
Yes. "Select 'Xbox Live' from the main menu and then choose 'Find Game'. If you want to party up with your friends, select 'Party Invite' from the same menu. You can also jump into matches your friends are playing by selecting their gamertag through the Xbox 360 dashboard, Friend's List and the option 'Join Session in Progress".
Attachments: ACOG Scope, Grenade Launcher, Grip, Red Dot Sight, Silencer
Grenades: Flash, Smoke, Stun
Sniper Rifles: Dragunov SVG, M21, M40A3
SMG's: Mini-Uzi, MP5, Skorpion
Side-Arms: M9, M1991.45, USP.45
Assault Rifles: AK-47, G3, M4 Carbine, M16A4
LMG's: M60E4, M249 S.A.W., RPD
Create -a-Class: "Reach the rank of Private (rank 4) and you will unlock Create a Class. Here you can customize a class lead-out that fits your specific play-style. Create a Class is all about options - pick your primary weapons, side arms, grenades, attachments, weapon camouflages, and, maybe most importantly, Perks."
The default classes are:
Assault (M16A4/Grenade launcher, M9, Stopping Power, Extreme Conditioning, Frag/Stun Grenades)
Demolitions ( W1200, M9, RPG-7 x2, Sonic Boom, Extreme Conditioning, Frag/Smoke)
Heavy Gunner ( M249 S.A.W., USP.45, Stun x3, Juggernaut, Deep Impact, Frag)
Sniper (M40A3, M9, Flash x3, Stopping Power, Deep Impact, Frag)
Spec Ops(MP5, USP.45, C4 x2, Sonic Boom, Steady Aim, Frag/Flash)
Perks: (Note: you can only select one Perk from each category in building your Create a Class)
Perk 1: Bomb Squad( can seek out enemy explosives), C4 x2, Claymore x2, RPG-7 x2, Special Grenades x3( no smoke)
Perk 2: Juggernaut( increased health), Sleight of Hand( faster reloading), Sonic Boom( Higher explosive weapon damage), UAV Jammer( radar scrambler)
Perk 3: Deep Impact( deeper bullet penetration), Extreme Conditioning( sprinting), Last Stand( pull out pistol before dying), Martyrdom( drop a live grenade when killed), Steady Aim( increased hip-fire accuracy)
Free-for-All ( players: 6-12, Score Limit: 300, Points for Kill:5)
Team Deathmatch ( Players:6-12, Score Limit:750, Points for Kill: 10)
Team Objective ( Players: 6-12, Scorw Limit: 150, Points for Kill:5)
Team Tactical (Players: 4-6, Score Limit: 500, Points for Kill:10
Overgrown ( Large overgrown, rural Russian area, Sniper ghillie suits make good cover)
Vacant ( Deserted Russian office, intense corridor firefights)
Crash ( Downed Sea Knight chopper in a desert town, made for team games)
Frequently asked questions:
How Do I get a Token Invite? "Tokens to download the Beta will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. To be eligible to receive a token, you must be 18 years of age or older, as well as answer three trivia questions correctly. The Beta will be available on Xbox 360. The Beta will begin in the United States. We're still finalizing what territories it will be available in, so please check back in for updates." Then of course you redeem the code through the dashboard, as usual.
How large is the beta file Size? 1.7 GB (2GB free recommended)
Is there Split-screen or System link? What about Co-op? No split-screen/system link in the beta, there will be in the retail version though. No co-op at all.
How can I give feeback? Go to charlieoscardelta.com and go to the "public beta forum".
I lost my code before I downloaded the Public Beta. What now? "Click into the Beta Section and then "Enter Now". Your code will appear. We're pretty sure it's magic. That, or some damn good interns."
Finally, the question EVERYONE needs to pay attention to. Is this representative of the final CoD4 retail product? "It's a beta. Everything is subject to change. The full game will have more maps, and functionality, not to mention it will also have an extensive Single Player campaign. Also, any grayed out section that you see is either yet to be unlocked, or is locked for the Beta".