The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta will be coming to PlayStation before it arrives on Xbox consoles, despite Microsoft’s acquisition.
Earlier in the year, Microsoft started the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard, with the deal expected to be finalised sometime in 2023. Once the deal goes through, it means that Microsoft will own the rights to Activision games.
However, some games, including Call of Duty are expected to remain multiformat. After all, Call of Duty is already a cross-platform game and is a massive moneymaker for Activision. So, it makes little sense, at least financially to restrict Call of Duty to one console brand.
Prior to the pending acquisition, in recent years PlayStation has had timed-exclusive rights to alpha and beta tests, as well as certain game modes. Which is in contrast to the Xbox 360 era when Microsoft had timed-exclusive rights on DLC for the likes of the original Modern Warfare 2.
As reported by the dedicated Call of Duty page, CharlieINTEL, it seems despite the acquisition looming, PlayStation still has timed-exclusive deals in place such as early access to the Modern Warfare 2 open beta
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PS4 and PS5 players who pre-order either the Cross-Gen Bundle or the Vault Edition will be granted early access to the beta which arrives first on PlayStation consoles. However, at the time of writing, a date for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta hasn’t been announced.
Furthermore, speaking of the Vault Edition, again as reported by CharlieINTEL, this edition includes:
- Battle Pass + 50 Tier Skips
- Red Team 141 Operator Pack: Ghost, Soap, Price, Farah Operators
- FJX Cinder Weapon Vault
- 10 Hours 2XP + 2WXP
- Ghost Legacy Pack: 12 Operator Skins & 10 Weapon Blueprints
- Early Access to the Open Beta
No free new-gen upgrade
Additionally, as with Call of Duty: Vanguard, there will be no free upgrade from last-gen to current-gen with Modern Warfare 2, as confirmed by the Cross-Gen Bundle.
At this time, Activision or Infinity Ward hasn’t officially confirmed details on the Modern Warfare 2 beta. However, CharlieINTEL has proven to be very reliable in the past with leaked information.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the follow-up to the 2019 reboot. Yesterday Activision announced its release date and Modern Warfare 2 will arrive for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox on October 28th, 2022.
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