Robert “402” Bowling from Infinity Ward has posted about some upcoming changes to the Call of Duty 4 beta on his blog. The most significant announcement is the closing of the beta on September 30th, but he also revealed that two days prior the level cap, which has been at 16 for a couple of weeks after being lifted from the initial cap of 11, will go up to 25. That gives beta testers only two days to jump from 16 to 25 before the beta closes down in anticipation of the game’s release November 5th.
Part of the post hinted that CoD4 had gone gold, but Bowling refused to come right out and say it, saving the announcement for more official channels. He did say that Infinity Ward had received congratulations from the Sony of America and the Xbox 360 certification team, which leaves little room for doubt that the game is in the final stages before shipping.
The beta has been an excellent marketing tool for Infinity Ward since the strength of the game is quite evident from the limited, multiplayer-only test version. Even though the game is likely gold, the beta continues for developers to continue gathering data for the inevitable title upgrades and expansion packs. The raising of the level cap so close to the end of the beta is, speculatively, due to the launch of a certain multiplayer juggernaut a few days prior.
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It seems like an eternity since Steve Jobs announced the updated and oh-so-cool second generation iPod shuffle. We’ve been waiting all month for the device to see the light of day in the real world, as Apple’s website has been listed the ship date as “October.” Well friends, it seems that the new shuffles are finally making their way around the globe and into the hands of those who pre-ordered the device. If you are one of those who just had to have one and ordered when they were announced, we expect that you should have one in your hands soon. This should also mean that your local Apple Store should be getting a shipment any day now.
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