If we're being honest about this week, it's not the new Call of Duty people are really excited for. It's the old one: Modern Warfare Remastered. And when the multiplayer servers for that game go online a few days earlier than expected, people understandably go a little nuts with joy.
Users from around the world have been posting screenshots and videos of lobbies and live gameplay from earlier this morning, giving everyone an indication of what to expect later this week:
— DireWolfGhost (@DierwolfGhost) October 31, 2016
— Conway (@DatDudeAC3) October 31, 2016
— Will Mason ⚒ (@WillMason94) October 31, 2016
People reported that finding matches was much faster than it was in the closed and open beta phases of Infinite Warfare, although it's not known whether the changes to matchmaking made after the open beta ended were mirrored (or borrowed from) the Modern Warfare remaster.
The servers supposedly went live due to a glitch introduced by one of the latest patches for the game. That was supposedly fixed, with users getting "playlist unavailable" error messages after patch 1.03 went live earlier this morning.
Players are having success by creating a private lobby and then inviting others into that lobby. I've not been able to test this method for myself, so take it with a grain of salt, perhaps while watching one of the multiple livestreams on YouTube or Twitch that you can watch right now.
— charlieINTEL.com (@charlieINTEL) October 31, 2016
The loophole was supposedly open to any user who had pre-installed Modern Warfare Remastered. It seems to be largely restricted to the PS4 for now, with the only Xbox One users getting in apparently thanks to early physical copies of the game.
But for those who get too excited and want to share their gameplay with the world, a word of caution:
Don't forget - the embargo is still live for #MWRemastered Multiplayer. Any images or gameplay can result in a strike.
— Alfie (@Nerv_Fuzion) October 31, 2016
And if you're patiently waiting to play and frustrated with all the buzz on the internet right now, you can at least take some solace in the fact that you're not the only one:
— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) October 28, 2016