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Will Modern Warfare 2 have a multiplayer beta? Release date & PlayStation early access

Modern Warfare 2 is on the way, and here’s everything we know about whether you can play early through a multiplayer beta.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 finally has a release date, and players are desperate to get their hands on the sequel as soon as possible. CoD games usually feature a beta ahead of the full release, so here’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer beta.

After months of leaks and rumors, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s release date was officially confirmed, with players getting to check in with Task Force 141 on October 28, 2022. But, players usually get to experience a portion of the multiplayer in beta ahead of launch.

Here’s everything we know about whether Modern Warfare 2 will have a multiplayer beta, and if PlayStation players will still get early access following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Does Modern Warfare 2 have a multiplayer beta?

Following the gameplay reveal on June 8, Activision confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 will have a multiplayer beta. This news was first leaked via in-game Vanguard files and later confirmed with a Call of Duty blog.

We also know that pre-ordering either version of Modern Warfare 2 will grant players early access to the multiplayer open beta and that the beta will be available first on PlayStation.

Is there a Modern Warfare 2 beta release date?

Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer beta doesn’t have a release date yet, but Infinity Ward should give a date as we get closer to the official October 28 release date. Vanguard’s open beta began on September 10 and the game was released on November 5.

With Modern Warfare 2 confirmed for October 28, we would expect the multiplayer beta to go live a couple of months before launch, towards late summer or early fall. But, stay tuned for any official updates from Activision or Infinity Ward.

Why is Modern Warfare 2 beta on PlayStation first?

Although Microsoft are in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard, the deal hasn’t gone through yet so Sony’s marketing deal with Call of Duty still stands — meaning Modern Warfare 2’s beta will hit PlayStation consoles first.

Thanks to this deal, PlayStation players have had early access to alphas and betas, exclusive modes, more create-a-class slots, and free cosmetics in Combat Packs. On June 8, Activision confirmed that PlayStation players would receive Modern Warfare 2’s beta at least five days earlier than any other platform.

Whether Xbox players will receive similar benefits when the acquisition goes through remains to be seen, but it appears Modern Warfare 2 will be the last CoD game to bring PlayStation-exclusive benefits.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, check out how the new Modern Warfare 2 Field Upgrades have been revealed.

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Modern Warfare 2 MP Map images leak via CoD Warzone Mobile files

First images of Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer maps have leaked via Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile game files, including Ground War maps.

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First images of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer maps have leaked from being included in the Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Closed Alpha build, which released in select testing regions under NDA in May.

The Warzone Mobile, also known as Project Aurora, is in closed alpha testing, but as users get hands on with the different builds on iOS and Android, they’ve found a batch of Modern Warfare 2, and even Treyarch’s Call of Duty 2024, content in the files.

The images in the files are that of each map’s loading screen image. Activision is sending DMCA and copyright notices over these images, so will not be hosting the images on the site. The Warzone Mobile Closed Alpha is under signed NDA, with no gameplay or imagery allowed to be shared from it.

The leaker on Twitter claims to have access to many of the loading screens for Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer maps and has a posted a few 6v6 map images, along with some Ground War map images.

Modern Warfare 2 Maps Leak

The first map shown is called ‘Grand Prix,’ which was confirmed to be a map in June as part of the game’s reveal. Grand Prix is set in Asia.

Oilfeld is the second map. This looks to take place in a desert landscape area.

The third map that the leaker has posted is Museum. This map has the most colors, from the imagery shown, and supports a variety of play styles.

The fourth map was only mentioned by its code name, SABA. Information on this map beyond its images are not known at this time, nor is its final release name confirmed.

Modern Warfare 2 Ground War Maps Images

The leaker has also shared images of 2 Modern Warfare 2 Ground War MP Maps.

The first Ground War map leaked is Hydro, which takes place in desert landscape with water flowing through the center. As confirmed by Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 engine supports swimming, which means maps will feature areas of water.

The next map for Ground War leaked is ‘Fishtown.’

The third Ground War map is Sira.

As previously mentioned by Infinity Ward, the Ground War maps will come together to form the new Warzone 2 map.

Modern Warfare 2 MP Map Codenames

In addition, the leaker also shared a list of the codenames for all of the MP maps currently in the files for Modern Warfare 2 MP.

Some of the maps are leftover from Modern Warfare 2019, while the rest are code names, or ship names, for the 2022 game.

Activision has not commented on why the Warzone Mobile’s files contains all of these Modern Warfare 2 images . The company will issue DMCA notices to anyone who posts all of the leaks across the internet.

So far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP has not been officially revealed beyond a few details. No timeline for the MP reveal is known. Activision has confirmed that there will be an Open Beta ahead of the game’s launch.

We’ve shared some information on the MP mode, including the new Gunsmith, AI features, and first details on some of the maps.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 officially launches October 28 across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC (Battle.net and Steam).

Stay tuned for the latest updates on Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 as launch approaches.

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Modern Warfare 2 fans think game could get custom modes with Steam Workshop

Modern Warfare 2 could offer Steam Workshop support, allowing players to create custom modes to share with others.

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CoD players are beginning to believe that Modern Warfare 2 could offer custom modes created by fans, after a user spotted a hint that the game will support Steam Workshop on PC.

For the first time since the early 2000s, there will be no Call of Duty title in 2023 after Treyarch’s next project was pushed back by a year. This means that Modern Warfare 2 will have to keep players occupied for twice as long as usual.

While Infinity Ward is cramming plenty of interesting new features and mechanics into the Modern Warfare 2 campaign and multiplayer, keeping the community engaged until 2024 will be no easy task.

According to one eagle-eyed player, fan-made modes could be a way of extending Modern Warfare 2’s longevity, as they noticed a hint that the game could feature Steam Workshop support.

Steam Workshop is part of Valve’s service where players can share mods and custom creations for their favorite games that support the feature. According to Reddit user AnotherGibaway, Modern Warfare 2 could be one of these games when it launches in Novmember.

They claimed that they were following the game on Steam, meaning they receive a notification when mods are released on Steam Workshop, and they received one recently for Modern Warfare 2.

The OP said: “Only games that are being planned to receive Workshop support or already have it implemented receive the ‘Workshop items posted this week’ updates. I just saw this for MWII.

“You’ll have to take my word as I don’t have any way to prove this obviously, but if you’re following the game, go on your community home page and see if you get it.”

Mods are a popular way to breathe new life into a game, allowing the community to get creative and share new, interesting features with one another. This is why a series like Halo introduced Custom Games to let players experiment with wacky ideas.

As another poster pointed out, with Infinity Ward reportedly working on an Escape From Tarkov-inspired mode called DMZ instead, fans could even make their own Zombies mode through Steam Workshop.

For now, this is all just speculation until the developers confirm that mods will be supported. But there’s no doubt that Steam Workshop could be an interesting method of letting players engage with Modern Warfare 2 in a different way.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out all of the confirmed maps so far, as well as the new Gunsmith system.

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How to get free Warzone Final Judgement bundle with Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 players can claim the free Final Judgement bundle for Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s everything you need to know.

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Call of Duty players are desperate to get their hands on Modern Warfare 2 in October and in the run-up, players can unlock Vanguard and Warzone’s Final Judgement bundle for free. Here’s everything in the bundle and how to get it.

Modern Warfare 2 arrives on October 28, meaning that with Warzone Pacific Season 4 in full swing, it’s only around four months away. 2022’s CoD brings ‘Warzone 2.0,’ new movement mechanics, and takes Task Force 141 around the world in a new campaign.

Players can already unlock all of the previously released Ghost skins as part of MW2’s Vault Edition, but in the run-up to release, players can also get their hands on a new Store bundle for free.

Here’s how Modern Warfare 2 players can unlock the free Final Judgement bundle in Vanguard and Warzone.

How to get free Final Judgement bundle in Vanguard & Warzone

Vanguard and Warzone players can get their hands on the Final Judgement bundle by pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2’s digital edition. The bundle usually costs 1500 CoD Points (~$15/£13) so it’s a great deal if you plan on purchasing Modern Warfare 2 anyway.

It must be a digital pre-order for it to register, so make sure you’ve pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2 through the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Battle.net, or Steam. If pre-ordering through Steam, you should also ensure your profile is connected to your Call of Duty/Activision ID.

What’s included in Warzone Final Judgement bundle?

Warzone and Vanguard’s Final Judgement bundle comes with a medieval executioner-themed Operator skin for Lucas, an Automaton Blueprint, as well as a Calling Card, Emblem, and Sticker.

Here’s everything included in Warzone and Vanguard’s Final Judgement bundle:

  • Deathknell Lucas Skin
  • Bloodthirsty Automaton Blueprint
  • Death’s Judgement Calling Card
  • Underworldly Emblem
  • Devil’s Head Reticle
  • Night Stalk Sticker
  • I Look Intimidating Lucas Quip
  • Bloody Nose Lucas Quip

This bundle is especially useful if you’re a fan of the Automaton, as it comes equipped with essentially the meta build for Warzone, so you don’t need to worry about ruining its look by changing attachments.


PlayStation players can also get their hands on the free Season 4 Combat Pack, so be sure to check out how.

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