Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the upcoming installment in Infinity Ward’s first person shooter series, ran an open beta over the weekend. The highly successful public test session was the talk of the town as players from all platforms were able to try out the new cross-play mechanics. According to Activision Blizzard’s recent press release, the beta tests attracted “millions of gamers”, and set new records for the franchise.
“The response from fans for Modern Warfare’s release next month has been incredible,” said Byron Beede, Vice President at Activision. “From the beginning of development there has been extraordinary excitement for this game. We thank Call of Duty players and the development teams led by Infinity Ward for making this a record-setting Beta. We look forward to October 25 when players everywhere will experience the full amount of depth and gameplay Modern Warfare has to offer.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta was held in two phases: the first from September 12th, and the second from September 23rd. Both tests were played by a massive number of people, so much so that players reported encountering login queues for Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher. Thanks to the new cross-play functionality, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players collectively tried out the new 64-player Ground War game mode.
While the game’s open beta wasn’t flawless, it seems that players are happy with how Modern Warfare is turning out. Although the developers have promised to make several tweaks to multiplayer, the title has already won the “Best Online Multiplayer” by Game Critics Best of E3 2019.
“We’re focused on delivering the best online experience possible and that includes bringing the community together with crossplay,” adds Patrick Kelly, Creative Director at Infinity Ward.
Activision Blizzard further states that Modern Warfare’s multiplayer component is expected to support up to 100 players per match. Whether this statement refers to a battle royale mode or simply an extended version of Ground War remains a mystery.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set for release on October 25th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.