Activision and Infinity Ward have revealed the dates of the upcoming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II Open Beta and Early Access Beta today.
As in the past Call Of Duty beta, this is broken into several pieces depending on the platform you’re playing on and whether you’ve pre-ordered the game or not.
Over two weekends next September, the Modern Warfare II The beta should give players a good taste of what’s to come in the multiplayer portion of the game.
Getting things started before the beta is the big multiplayer game and War zone 2 reveal what Activision’s brand is Call Of Duty: Next. Read more about the event here.
Open Beta dates
As noted earlier, the Modern Warfare 2 The open beta is split into different sections, with PlayStation players getting the first crack at the game. PC and Xbox players will gain access next weekend. Here are all the dates and start times.
Weekend 1 September 16 – 20 September (PS4 & PS5 only)
Early Access is for pre-orders and anyone who receives a free Early Access code. More on how to get a code below.
- PlayStation Early Access begins Friday, September 16 at 10 a.mT
- PlayStation Open Beta begins Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. PT
- Weekend 1 beta ends on Tuesday, September 20 (likely 10am PT, but that hasn’t been specified, so there may be some wiggle room)
Weekend 2, September 22 – 26 (Syroplay All Platforms)
This beta also has an Early Access period, but this period is open to all PlayStation players, regardless of whether they have pre-ordered the game or not.
- Early access begins Thursday, September 22nd at 10am. PT
- Open Beta (all platforms) starts Saturday, September 24th at 10am. PT
- The Open Beta ends on Monday, September 26 at an unspecified time
What to expect at Modern Warfare II Beta
At this point we don’t know many details about what will be available to play in the beta, but Activision describes it as “a robust multiplayer experience that goes beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of meticulously designed maps of varying sizes and equally impressive set of modes, progression experiences and other aspects”, all of which will be revealed in the Call Of Duty: Next event on September 15. (Read more about the event here).
My guess is that the beta will have quite a few 6v6 maps and one or two of the big maps that Infinity Ward has designed. These large maps are taken from the new War zone 2 map, so playing large group modes will help players familiarize themselves with this map before the release of the Battle Royale sequel.
If past Call Of Duty betas are anything to go by, we’ll likely see changes to features over the course of the two weekends, with a number of playlist updates during the beta.
In many ways, this is more of a demo than a beta, though player feedback will certainly help the developers improve the game before its release on October 28th. This is a win-win for players and the studio, giving gamers a chance to try the game before they buy it and Infinity Ward a little extra playtesting to help prepare early patches (many updates won’t happen at launch but after release patches can be updated with beta feedback).
You can check out one of the maps—Marina Bay Grand Prix—that will be available during the beta and at launch in the video below:
Free early access codes
Many influencers, streamers, YouTubers and others will be giving away free Early Access codes for the multiplayer beta. I am one of them. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and stay tuned for patches!