Infinite Warfare Will Have A YOLO Mode

Not for the faint of heart.

With less than 24 hours to go before Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is unleashed upon the world, Activision has shared one final piece of substantial news about the game—it will have two unique difficulty levels for its story campaign which will challenge the player in drastically different ways.

According to the Activision Blog, these two difficulty levels will be called Specialist Mode and YOLO Mode. Specialist Mode will basically be an ultra-realistic (and ultra-difficult) bonus difficulty level which is unlocked once the player manages to complete Infinite Warfare’s story campaign on any of the standard difficulty levels. The following changes will be in effect in Specialist Mode (text courtesy of Activision):

  • You can only heal with Nano Shots, there is no health regeneration in this mode.
  • Helmets are your only protection from headshots. They will take permanent damage and will need to be replaced.
  • Both Nano Shots and helmets take up equipment slots, so remember to equip them in your loadout on the Retribution before each level.
  • Master the lean from behind cover mechanic, which will be critical for your survival. Approach the edge of cover while standing or crouching, and aim down sights when you see a chevron appear on the side of your crosshairs. You will auto-pop from behind cover as you ADS.
  • If you get shot in the legs, it will impact your movement. If you get shot in either arm, it will impact your ability to use equipment or aim down sights. Note: Your weapon can be shot out of your hands.

If a player manages to complete the story campaign in Specialist Mode, they’ll unlock yet another difficulty level called YOLO Mode. YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once” and true to its name, YOLO Mode will task the player with completing the entire Infinite Warfare campaign with only one life. If the player is killed at any point while playing YOLO Mode, they’ll be kicked all the way back to the very beginning of the campaign.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches tomorrow, November 4th, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more on the latest Call of Duty title from Infinity Ward, be sure to read about how it will also have boots on the ground options for its multiplayer private matches.

Nate Hohl

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