Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Host Two Open Betas, Including One With Crossplay

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Host Two Open Betas, Including One With Crossplay

PlayStation players get a little extra time, though.

Today is Modern Warfare's big multiplayer reveal, where new mechanics and modes have been unveiled. And if you're antsy to play it, the good news is you won't have to wait long. Two open betas are coming in September, and one will feature a look at Modern Warfare's crossplay.

On September 12, Early Access opens for PlayStation 4 users, and then goes into open beta for all PlayStation 4 players on September 14, concluding two days later on September 16. The open beta then takes a short break before returning on September 19 for Early Access, then two days later for an open beta running through September 23.

If that's tough to keep track of, here's the short of it:

  • September 12 - 13: PlayStation 4 Early Access beta
  • September 14 - 16: PlayStation 4 open beta
  • September 19 - 20: Crossplay Early Access beta
  • September 21 - 23: Crossplay open beta

While those first two sessions are locked down to just the PS4, the crossplay sessions will be open to PC and Xbox One players as well, giving everyone a chance to get in and check things out. That's also probably a good time to check out how your computer will run Modern Warfare, considering this entry will have uncapped framerate and a host of other options for those with beefy machines.

Call of Duty has been hammering through years of annual releases, but this year's multiplayer sounds like it's pushing to bring even more changes to the series. Between varying player counts, dark maps, and new modes like Gunfight, it sounds like Modern Warfare is aiming to be the reinvention it wants to be. It'll also be keeping the cosmetics away from the crazy colors.

Modern Warfare hits store shelves on October 25. If you're eager to learn more ahead of the open beta sessions, check out our interview with the devs where we talk about Killstreaks, including the much-discussed use of White Phosphorus.

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