Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare PS4 Review: How to Unlock Special Weapon Variants via Supply Drops

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare will be unlocking for all platforms in less than 24 hours. So to get you ready for the latest installment of the Call of Duty franchise, we’re going to show you how to unlock special weapon variants for the multiplayer.

How do you unlock weapons? Well, you give Activision more money.

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Pay-2-Win?

A recent post by CharlieINTEL reveals that Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is going to ship with weapon variants that are exclusive to supply drops. And how do you get supply drops? Well you pay for them — they’re basically in-game microtransactions.

Which isn’t inherently bad — if these special variants were purely cosmetic or somewhat balanced, which sadly isn’t the case.

Based on the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare beta, higher tier weapon variants give players a significant edge in combat. Whether it be a flat increase in damage or some perk such as revealing enemies on the map, these advantages are not to be trifled with. And only players willing to pay extra will be able to get them.

While there might be other ways to unlock supply drops, they’ve yet to announce any alternative.

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Working the Grind

This isn’t the first time Call of Duty Infinite Warfare has come under attack for its weapon variant and supply drop system. Even before the reveal of supply drop exclusive variants, people were already accusing the game for having pay-to-win systems.

Before anything else, let’s just explain how the normal weapon variants work. In Call of Duty Infinite Wafare, players earn an in-game currency called salvage. And with salvage, players can craft weapon variants without the use of microtransactions. However, a NeoGAF post from last week revealed that it would take nearly 100 hours just to unlock all the variants of a single gun.

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In the beta, to craft the highest tier variant of a gun you would need around 6000 salvage. However, a single round of gameplay gives only about 7 – 10 salvage and a single Call of Duty Infinite Warfare game can take anywhere from 7 – 15 minutes to complete leading to the conclusion that it would take about 100 hours to complete a single gun.

Of course there is a way to skip all that grind. You’ve guessed it — supply drops, once again bringing up the notion that the game is becoming borderline pay-to-win. Players that want an advantage from Day 1 can skip the entire grind and just pay for supply drops for a chance to get these variants.

It should be noted though that this information is from the beta of the game, it is unknown if the cost for variants or the amount of salvage per round will remain the same in the official release.

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  1. This is false information, you actually earn zero salvage after a game. You can earn 100 salvage after about 5 or 10 level ups with mission teams.

    So you get about 100 salvage after 15 to 20 games. Which will only go up, as you level up your mission team.

    It will take way more than 100 games to unlock 1 complete set of variants for a weapon. More like 600