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Here’s how to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta

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A player wearing heavy Juggernaut armor aims a minigun at another player in a bombed-out cafe in a screenshot from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Infinity Ward/Activision

On Monday, Sept. 9, Activision and Infinity Ward announced plans for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) beta. PlayStation 4 players will be the first to experience the re-imagining, before the studio opens up the beta test to more platforms later this month.

The studio plans for two different weekend beta tests in Sept., each lasting about five days from Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, to an undetermined time on the following Monday. If you’re looking to get in and play for yourself, here’s what you need to do.

The first weekend beta — running from Thursday, Sept. 12 to Monday, Sept. 16 — is exclusive to PlayStation 4 players. Anyone on PS4 can play the beta starting on Saturday, Sept. 14. But Activision is opening the gates a little early for those that pre-order, with early access starting Sept. 12. However, Activision warned that some territories may require players to have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

The second weekend beta runs from Thursday, Sept. 19 to Monday, Sept. 23. Players who’ve pre-ordered can participate in the beta early on Sept. 19. All players on all platforms can play the new Call of Duty beta from Saturday, Sept. 21 to Sept. 23.

The second weekend also includes cross-play — meaning players on different platforms can compete on the battlefield together. Players concerned about the file size can pre-load the beta starting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Activision and Infinity Ward haven’t revealed much of what’s actually in the beta. Players will be able to play the 2v2 Gunfight mode and the 6v6 standard multiplayer mode. In the blog post, Activision mentions that it’ll roll out more content and maps over the weekends. However, the studio hasn’t mentioned exactly which maps or modes it plans to add.

Activision and Infinity Ward will release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on Oct. 25.

Polygon has reached out to Activision for clarity on which territories require a PlayStation Plus subscription. We’ll update this story with new information.

Update: Activision confirmed that only players in Germany need PlayStation Plus to download the beta.

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