Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is hitting PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on October 28, 2022 with a brand new campaign and multiplayer mode. But, you don’t have to wait until launch to play the game, as it will be getting a shiny new Open Beta before then.
The Open Beta will come in a few phases, will early access coming to those who preorder, and even earlier access for those on PS5 and PS4. We’ve got all the details you need about the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 beta, including how to access it, right here.
Preorder Modern Warfare 2 for Early Access to the Open Beta
Preorders are now live for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and there are a couple of different versions to choose from, so make sure you check out our full MW2 preorder guide before deciding. For now, here are some quick links if you just want to lock your preorder in ASAP.
Remember, you’re getting early access to the Open Beta with your preorder, and you don’t have to pay anything until the game ships in late October. So you could absolutely preorder, get a beta code, and then cancel your order after the beta finalises if you don’t like the game at no cost.
When Is the Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta?
We haven’t yet got a confirmed date for the Open Beta, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on when you can expect it. For starters, the Open Beta for MW2’s predecessor, Modern Warfare, kicked off on September 19, 2019.
By comparison, Black Ops Cold War’s Open Beta didn’t take place until October 8 (but it had a late release date of November 15), while Vanguard’s started on September 10 last year (with the full game releasing on November 5).
So, with Modern Warfare 2 releasing on October 28, our best guess is Modern Warfare 2’s Open Beta will take place during September. But, this is pure speculation, and Activision could drop the Open Beta even sooner than we expect, so stay tuned for more details.
How to Access the Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta
Those who preorder on PS5 and PS4 will receive first access to the Modern Warfare 2 beta, getting it “at least 5 days earlier than any other platform,” according to the latest trailers. This will be the PlayStation early access phase of the beta.
The next phase will be Xbox + Battle.net PC early access (for those who preordered), and the PlayStation Open Beta phase. After a couple of days, this will likely then transition into the free Open Beta phase for all consoles, removing the red tape and letting everyone try out the game no matter the console or preorder status.
So, in summary, if you want to access the Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta as soon as possible, preorder it on PS5 or PS4. Otherwise, you can still preorder it on PC or Xbox to gain some early access a few days before the Open Beta truly becomes, an ‘Open Beta’.
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