Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is set to be one of the biggest games out this winter, and arguably one of the best releases if it lives up to the expectations set by its blockbuster 2019 predecessor.
This year’s annual outing for the game features the return of the iconic, team leader Captain John Price, the fearless John “Soap” MacTavish, the seasoned Sergeant Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, and the lone wolf himself, fan favorite Simon “Ghost” Riley, with players able to experience a campaign that will show how Task Force 141 become the legendary squad it is today.
Although the first-person shooter sequel isn’t scheduled to release until October 28, you’ll want to get your pre-orders in early if you want to get your hands on the game a full month early. Although we’ve got a full two months before the game hits shop shelves, there’s a lot going on throughout September for the game.
How To Get A Modern Warfare 2 Beta Code
It’s very simple. Players gain access to the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 beta by pre-ordering the game.
Anyone who pre-orders Modern Warfare 2 from the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Steam or battle.net will automatically be eligible for beta access.
Don’t worry if you plan to pre-order the game from a traditional brick-and-mortar store, early access is available for those with either digital or retail preorders. Just make sure to keep an eye out for a 13-digit beta access code on your receipt or email confirmation.
Modern Warfare 2 Beta Release Dates
The Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta will be free across all platforms and split into two playable Weekends, with each weekly having a short early access period for those who pre-order.
You’ll find all details on when they take place and what times they start, just below:
- September 16-17: Weekend One – PS4 + PS5 early access (Pre-order required)
- September 18-20: Weekend One – PS4 + PS5 open beta (No Pre-order required)
- September 22-23: Weekend Two – PC + Xbox early access (Pre-order required) + PlayStation open beta
- September 24-26: Weekend Two – Open beta for all platforms
Modern Warfare 2 Beta Start Times
Weekend One (PlayStation Only)
The first early access 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 at 10 AM PT. 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.
The Modern Warfare 2 PlayStation Open Beta begins Sunday, September 18 at 10 AM PT to Tuesday, September 20 at 10 AM PT. This is accessible to all PlayStation players regardless of preorder status.
Weekend Two (All Platforms with Crossplay)
The second Beta weekend is available on all console platforms and PC, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 22 at 10 AM PT to Monday, September 26 at 10 AM PT. Crossplay will be active, allowing you to party with friends and the greater community, no matter what hardware they play on.
There’s slightly different rules for different platforms so we’ve split the explanation below to make it easier to understand:
PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5: No matter whether you preordered 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 preordered the game for Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S, or who pre-purchased for PC via Battle.net or Steam can begin playing the Beta on Thursday, September 22 at 10 AM PT. Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required for Xbox players, and PC players are required to have a Battle.net or Steam9 account.
Xbox and PC Open Beta: The rest of the weekend, from Saturday, September 24 at 10AM PT to Monday, September 26 at 10AM PT, is accessible to Xbox and PC players regardless of preorder status. The entire community can now experience the impressive amount of Beta content available in Modern Warfare II. Xbox Live Gold Subscription will not be required for Xbox players, for this period only.