Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has today been confirmed for a release in late October, but before then, those who pre-order the game will get their hands on the game early with an open beta. Access is granted by committing cash early to either the Cross-Gen Bundle or the Vault Edition, and perhaps most interesting is the pre-release test will be available first on PS5 and PS4.
This is the first real piece of evidence that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision isn't affecting the support of Sony systems at least in the short term, as this reinforces the marketing deal Sony holds with the franchise. Past titles like Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have also handed open betas to PS5 and PS4 users before anyone else. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has also expressed his desire to "keep Call of Duty on PlayStation" in the past, but with the deal not yet closed, this arrangement isn't something the Microsoft head could block in the first place.
As for what else you'll get for pre-ordering either of these two digital editions, the Cross-Gen Bundle is self-explanatory: both the PS4 and PS5 versions in one since there won't be a free PS4 to PS5 upgrade. As for the Vault Edition, you get a Battle Pass and 50 Tier Skips, the Red Team 141 Operator Pack consisting of Ghost, Soap, Price, and Farah, and the FJX Cinder Weapon Vault. On top of that, there are also tokens for 10 hours of double XP and double weapon XP as well as the Ghost Legacy Pack, which includes 12 Operator skins and 10 weapon Blueprints.