As one might expect, Activision is once again conducting a beta test for this year’s Call of Duty game (Modern Warfare 2). Thankfully, we now know what the complete Modern Warfare 2 beta schedule is for all platforms, and yes, PlayStation gamers get exclusive early access once again.
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Modern Warfare 2 Beta Schedule:
Weekend One (PlayStation Exclusive)
- Sept. 16 – 17: Early Access | PlayStation (start time is 10 am PT/1 pm ET/1 am HKT)
- Sept. 18 – 2: Open Beta | PlayStation
Time to Play: Weekend One: First on PlayStation®(1)
The first Beta weekend is available on PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation®5, and is scheduled to run from Friday, September 16 at 10 AM PT to Tuesday September 20. This weekend is for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players only. You are able to access the Beta without requiring the PlayStation Plus subscription service.(2,3)
PlayStation Early Access: Those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, or received a Beta code, can begin playing the Beta on Friday September 16 at 10AM PT.
PlayStation Open Beta: The rest of the weekend, from Sunday, September 18 at 10AM PT to Tuesday, September 20, is accessible to all PlayStation players regardless of pre-order status. PlayStation players can now experience the impressive amount of Beta content available in Modern Warfare II, and unlock rewards available in-game at launch.
Weekend Two (Crossplay Beta)
- Sept. 22 – 23: Early Access | Xbox + PC Open Beta | PlayStation (start time is 10 am PT/1 pm ET/1 am HKT
- Sept. 24 – 26: Open Beta | All Platforms
Time to Play: Weekend Two: All Platforms (Crossplay)(1)
The second Beta weekend is available on all console platforms and PC, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 22 at 10AM PT to Monday, September 26. Crossplay will be active allowing you to party up with friends and the greater community, no matter what hardware they play on.
PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5: No matter whether you pre-ordered the game or not, Weekend 2 is a free Open Beta for all PlayStation 4 and 5 owners.
Xbox and PC Early Access: Those who pre-ordered the game for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, or pre-purchased for PC via Blizzard Battle.net or Steam, can begin playing the Beta on Thursday, September 22 at 10AM PT. Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox players, and PC players are required to have a Battle.net or Steam account.
Xbox and PC Open Beta: The rest of the weekend, from Saturday, September 24 at 10AM PT to Monday, September 26, is accessible to Xbox and PC players regardless of pre-order status. The entire community can now experience the impressive amount of Beta content available in Modern Warfare II, unlock rewards available in-game at launch, and play together.
Same as before, pre-ordering the game will grant gamers early access to the MW2 beta, though expect Activision to be generous with the codes as well.
In addition to that, a Marina Bay Gran Prix map flythrough has been revealed as well! The Grand Prix map will be one of the maps that’s set to be playable in the beta.
Activision has also shared info on what players can expect from the multiplayer beta, and has confirmed that there will be rewards for participating!
The Modern Warfare II Beta is set to feature a robust multiplayer experience going beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of meticulously designed maps of various sizes, and an equally impressive set of Modes, Progression experiences, and other aspects that will be more thoroughly revealed at Call of Duty: Next. In addition, at Champs we revealed a flythrough of Marina Bay Grand Prix, where combat occurs within the main infield of an urban race circuit, one of the 6v6 Multiplayer maps confirmed for the Beta. With a number of in-game rewards available for simply playing the Beta (that are available at the launch of MWII if you own the game), and a host of other innovations and surprises, expect an unparalleled intel drop at the Next event.
In addition to a variety of in-game rewards, players who pre-ordered the Vault Edition of Modern Warfare II will be able to utilize the following rewards during the Beta:
- All four of the Red Team 141 Operators – Ghost, Farah, Price, and Soap – each wearing a special masked outfit.
- The FJX Cinder Weapon Vault.
Finally, the company also announced that Infinty Ward will be giving gamers a behind-the-scenes look at the development and “innovations” coming to Modern Warfare 2! The first intel drop will appear on Infinity Ward’s Twitter, and is set to be pushed out “soon.”
Don’t forget, the Call of Duty Next event where we’ll see the full reveal of the multiplayer is set to happen this September 15!
Source: Call of Duty