Activision has announced the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta that took place over the past two weekends was the biggest in the series' entire history. It had more players than any other, the most amount of hours were spent playing it, and more matches were played across all the platforms the beta was available on than any previous pre-release test.
The beta was first only available to PS5, PS4 players who had pre-ordered the game, but then it opened up for everyone to try, including Xbox and PC users. Cross-play was one feature tested during the second weekend of availability, but because of cheaters and hacking, many PlayStation folk switched the option off. This is something a lot of console players did in Warzone, and will likely do again in November once the sequel releases.
Still, while Activision stopped short of sharing actual statistics, these readings will prove promising for the game and its possible longevity. After Call of Duty: Vanguard failed to set the world alight with poor sales compared to past entries, Modern Warfare 2 is shaping up to be a return to form.
Our recently published Hands On piece was pretty positive on the beta overall; we're looking forward to playing the full game and Warzone 2 the month after. The single player campaign will arrive a week before all that on 21st October 2022, and if 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is anything to go by, it'll be another corker.