Back to school is now for fans of shooting games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will make its first appearance on our PCs and consoles with a busy month of September in beta weekends. The new creation from Infinity Ward and Activision intends to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, Modern Warfare (2019) and bring a breath of fresh air to a genre where dead calm has reigned for a few years. Especially since it will bring with it a new and competitive game mode, DMZ, and the sequel to the extremely popular Battle Royale Warzone. In addition to an upcoming arrival of the license in the Xbox Game Pass, there are a lot of new features to dissect.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Beta
If you want to play Call of Duty in early access, good news, Infinity Ward and Activision have planned almost nine days of beta for the game. A beta with limited access, and different depending on your console, which gives us a fairly complex schedule that you can discover just below. In addition, be aware that it will be possible for some players to take advantage of these betas in early access, we explain how to do this in our article just below the dates:
- September 16 and 17: early access to the game beta
- September 18 to 20: beta open to Playstation players
Xbox, PlayStation and PC:
- September 22 and 23: early access to the game beta
- September 24 to 26: beta open to all players
Call of Duty in Xbox Game Pass?
It’s a little bomb that Phil Spencer dropped on this first day of September. The Chairman and CEO of Xbox has confirmed certain suspicions about the future of Activision-Blizzard games after the acquisition of the studio by Microsoft. In a blog post, Spencer claimed that the studio’s biggest licenses will eventually join Xbox Game Pass. So no, we are not talking about immediately right away, this information should not concern Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but the future of this titanic association between one of the largest publishers in the world, and Microsoft, which no longer needs to be presented.
However, this announcement has enough to cool Playstation players, who could worry about the availability of Activision and Blizzard titles on their consoles. But Phil Spencer quickly brushed aside these concerns, saying that the game releases would indeed take place in the Xbox Game Pass, but also and at the same time on Playstation consoles. Something to reassure avid square triangle cross and round, who can always enjoy their favorite licenses on their consoles.
And the decision of Xbox and Phil Spencer seems quite logical. Allowing Xbox Game Pass subscribers to take advantage of the biggest licenses in video game history could do a lot for Microsoft’s gaming subscription service. The scale of the success of this relatively recent formula is still difficult to grasp, but we know that around 30 million players take advantage of Xbox Game Pass services. And this figure could greatly increase with the arrival of Call of Duty, Overwatch and Diablo in its catalog.
Call of Duty Next: the future of COD in conference
But before the beta dates, which are fast approaching, Activision and Infinity Ward have prepared a big event dedicated to the future of the franchise. The Call of Duty Next will be held on September 15 next (time still undefined) and will be broadcast live on the Call of Duty Twitch and Youtube channels. This conference aims to present to the public the intentions of Activision and Infinity Ward (developer of MW2) regarding the future of the license. More concretely, this event will detail the program for the first seasons of the game, as well as some information on DMZ and Warzone 2, the two major large-scale competitive game modes of Modern Warfare 2.
Magnanimous, Microsoft will let Sony enjoy the “Call of” for many years
The Call of Duty license will remain available on PlayStation for “several additional years” after the expiration of the agreement already signed between Microsoft and Sony.
These statements come as the head of Gaming at Microsoft had already promised in writing to Jim Ryan (his counterpart on the PlayStation side), that Sony could continue to offer Activision’s warrior license on its consoles and services, despite the takeover. from the publisher by Microsoft. Announced at the beginning of the year, this acquisition must however be approved by the various regulators before being fully effective.
CALL OF DUTY WILL NOT BE A MICROSOFT EXCLUSIVE… AT LEAST NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE
“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several additional years beyond the current contract with Sony,” detailed Phil Spencer. “This offer goes well beyond the usual agreements of the gaming industry”, welcomes the interested party, whose remarks are relayed by Polygon.
Phil Spencer gives the impression of treating the Call of Duty license a bit like the Minecraft license when it was acquired by Microsoft in 2014. The American giant then let Sony offer Minecraft on PlayStation and its other platforms… so as not to affect players. Conversely, the firm remained vague on the future of the Elder Scrolls 6 project, suggesting that it will be an Xbox exclusive.
GAME PASS: SOME OPUS CALL OF DUTY, DIABLO AND OVERWATCH WILL ARRIVE ON THE CATALOG
You are probably aware that Activision-Blizzard is bought by the American firm Microsoft. This acquisition has been talked about in recent months, as it has raised many questions, especially regarding the possible withdrawal of Call of Duty games on PlayStation platforms.
On this subject, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft, recently provided information on the firm’s plans with regard to this acquisition, and more particularly regarding the Game Pass. In a long article, available on the official Microsoft website, Phil Spencer said: […] We intend to make Activision-Blizzard’s acclaimed library of games – including Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty – available in Game Pass and grow those gaming communities. […] “.
Thereby, certain games from Call of Duty, Diablo and Overwatch licensesthe second obviously, should arrive on the Xbox Game Pass catalog. At this time, we do not yet know if all the games of the previously mentioned franchises (apart from Overwatch) will integrate the service or when they will be available. The acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft should be finalized next year, according to the latest information. Obviously, as soon as more details are available on this subject, we will not fail to keep you informed.
DESPITE ITS ACQUISITION BY MICROSOFT, CALL OF DUTY WILL BE ON PLAYSTATION “AT LEAST A FEW YEARS”
Microsoft, in the process of buying the publisher Activision Blizzard, does not intend to deprive PlayStation players of the Call of Duty game, according to the director of the Xbox division.
“In January, we provided a signed commitment to Sony to ensure the Call of Duty franchise’s presence on PlayStation, with content and feature parity, for at least a few years after Sony’s contract with Activision ends.
The various Call of Duty games are published by Activision Blizzard, which is on track to be acquired by Microsoft for $68.9 billion. The news, which was a massive blow to the industry, also raised concerns about the games’ availability on Microsoft’s competing consoles – namely, the PlayStation.
Remember that the next Call of Duty title, either Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2is due to land on October 28 on most gaming platforms. Overwatch 2 will be available in free-to-play on October 4, 2022.
Microsoft confirms: Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation for years to come
Since Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard last January, the future of the Call of Duty franchise has been hanging in the balance on the PlayStation.
“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to secure Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several additional years beyond Sony’s current contract, an offer that goes well with the beyond the typical agreements of the gaming industry“, announces Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox.
In the years to come, Call of Duty will therefore continue to appear on several platforms, in the manner of Minecraft, another property of Microsoft, available on many supports. But that doesn’t mean the juicy franchise won’t eventually be exclusive to Microsoft consoles. After all, the Redmond firm spent $68.7 billion to buy Activision, and a possible exclusivity would be rather logical.