Activision and Infinity Ward have announced the dates of the upcoming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II Open beta and early access beta today.
like with past Duty betas, it is divided into different parts depending on which platform you are playing on and whether or not you have pre-ordered the game.
Spread over two weekends this coming September, the Modern Warfare II beta should give players a good idea of what’s coming in the multiplayer portion of the game.
Kicking off the beta is the big multiplayer and War Zone 2 reveal what Activision branding is under Call of Duty: Next. Read more about the event here.
Open beta dates
As noted earlier, the Modern Warfare 2 open beta is divided into several sections, with PlayStation players getting the first crack in the game. PC and Xbox players will get access next weekend. Here are all dates and start times.
Weekend 1 September 16 – 20 (PS4 and PS5 only)
Early Access is for pre-orders and anyone who gets a free Early Access code. More about getting a code below.
- PlayStation Early Access begins Friday September 16 at 10 a.m. PT
- PlayStation Open Beta Begins Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. PT
- Weekend 1 beta ends on tuesday 20 september (probably at 10 a.m. PT, but this is unspecified, so there may be some wiggle room)
Weekend 2 September 22 – 26 (crossplay on all platforms)
This beta also has an Early Access period, but that period is open to all PlayStation gamers whether or not they pre-ordered the game.
- Early Access begins Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m. PT
- Open Beta (all platforms) begins Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m. PT
- Open beta ends on Monday, September 26 at an unspecified time
What to expect in the Modern Warfare II beta
At the moment we don’t know many details about what will be available to play during the beta, but Activision describes it as “a robust multiplayer experience that goes beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of carefully designed maps from different sizes, and an equally impressive array of modes, progression experiences and other aspects” all of which will be revealed during the Call Of Duty: Next event on Sept. (Read more about the event here).
My guess is that the beta will have several 6v6 maps and one or two of the big maps that Infinity Ward has planned. Those big cards are taken from the new one War Zone 2 map, so playing big team modes will help players familiarize themselves with that map before launching the battle royale sequel.
If previous Call Of Duty betas have anything to offer, we’ll likely see shifting modes over the two weekends, with some playlist updates over the course of the beta.
In many ways, this is more of a demo than a beta, although feedback from players will certainly help the developers fine-tune the game before it launches on October 28. This is a win-win for players and the studio, giving gamers a chance to try out the game before buying it and giving Infinity Ward a little extra playtesting to prepare early patches (many updates won’t happen at launch, but post-launch patches can be informed by beta feedback).
You can check out one of the maps – Marina Bay Grand Prix – that will be available during beta and at launch in the video below:
Free Early Access Codes
Many influencers, streamers, YouTubers and others are handing out early access codes for the multiplayer beta for free. I am one of them. Make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel and stay tuned for code updates!