Modern Warfare 2 beta release times and how to get a code

Everything we know about the open beta test so far

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is set to launch October 28 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Much like previous games in the series, there will be a beta, where players will get the chance to try it out before launch.

These open beta tests usually occur a couple of months before launch, and are an opportunity for players to provide feedback that helps the devs tweak the game for launch. This time around, Activision has revealed the release date for mid-late September.

We’ve included everything we know so far in this guide. You’ll find info on accessing the beta, and how you can get yourself a code for when it goes live. As more details are revealed, we’ll be sure to update this page.

Modern Warfare 2 beta release times

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Credit: Infinity Ward.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Credit: Infinity Ward.

Over the course of the CDL event that aired August 7, Activision released a bunch of info on the Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 open beta. You’ll find the release date timings below:

  • September 16-17: Weekend One (PlayStation early access)
  • September 18-20: Weekend One (PlayStation open beta)
  • September 22-23: Weekend Two (PC + Xbox early access, PlayStation open beta)
  • September 24-26: Weekend Two (All platforms open beta)

Generally, each beta period will launch at 6pm BST/10am PST/1pm EST.

The beta will be available on PC, Xbox One/ Series X|S and PS4/PS5.

How to get a Modern Warfare 2 beta code

Players will be able to gain access to the Modern Warfare 2 beta by pre-ordering the game. If you pre-order via PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Steam or battle.net, you will automatically be eligible for beta access.

If you buy anywhere else, you’ll need to look out for a beta access code. This is a 13-digit code that will be on your receipt, or as part of the email confirmation. You will then need to visit callofduty.com/betaredeem to redeem your code. To reiterate, in most cases you will not need a code, only if you purchase from a store not listed above.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Credit: Infinity Ward.

COD League beta codes

Lucky players will be in with a chance of getting a free code for the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta as part of the franchise’s Call Of Duty League.

Viewers of the Call Of Duty League Championship Weekend in early August will be in with a chance of winning free beta codes. Those that tune into the Sunday event (August 7) on the competition’s YouTube channel will be eligible to receive a free code as a drop.

Can you pre-load the beta?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Credit: Infinity Ward.

At present, there is no word on whether you will be able to pre-load the Modern Warfare 2 beta. It says as much on the FAQ section for the game’s official website. We’ll update when we hear more.

Does progress carry over from the Modern Warfare 2 beta?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Credit: Infinity Ward.

Activision has confirmed that progress will not carry over from the beta. Nothing will be saved for the main game, but in the past there have been some rewards granted to players that participated, like weapon skins or banners.

That’s everything we know so far on the Modern Warfare 2 open beta. More details are likely to follow in the next few weeks, but in the meantime visit our page on everything you need to know about Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

In other gaming news, Activision has shared the roadmap for Call Of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard’s upcoming fourth season, Mercenaries Of Fortune.

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