Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta Dates Revealed, Starts September 18
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta is coming in September. Activision has confirmed in a blog post that the beta launch will be split into two weekends, with PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 users getting first access. The first phase of open beta begins on September 18, exclusively on PS4 and PS5, and will end on September 20. Meanwhile, other major platforms, PC and Xbox, alongside PlayStation, are getting their share on September 24, as a way to gauge cross-play functionality. Each playtest must start at 10:30 p.m. (IST)/1:00 p.m. (ET)
An exclusive event titled Call of Duty: Next kicks off the launch campaign on September 15, showcasing live gameplay and new features on their official YouTube channel. The news comes in the wake of the Call of Duty League Championship, held on August 7, which awarded several viewers free beta codes to prepare for launch. As with previous betas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II beta dates are separated by platforms and pre-order status.
As with most AAA titles, players who pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 get early access. For PS4 and PS5 users, this would run from September 16-17, which will be followed by the previously stated open beta phase the following day, September 18-20.
Pre-orders on PC (Battle.net) and Xbox offer early access from September 22-23. PlayStation users can get in on the action too, as it functions as a cross-play test. The open beta period, which is free for everyone, begins on September 24, giving full access to CoD’s cutting-edge multiplayer segment, and ends on September 26. So if you pre-order the game on either platform, you can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for five consecutive days.
During the Call of Duty League tournament held this weekend, developer Infinity Ward also teased a new multiplayer map called Grand Prix. As the name suggests, the map takes place on a race track, full of fast cars, a Ferris wheel, and engulfing flames resulting from leaking fuel. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II map is set at night and will be playable in the upcoming beta period.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches October 28 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Battle.net. Further details on this will be revealed during the Call of Duty: Next digital event, scheduled for September 15.