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When does early access to the Modern Warfare 3 campaign start?

See when early access to MW3 goes live in your time zone

A soldier walks behind another soldier in a red hallway in key art for the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 campaign. Image: Activision
Ari Notis (he/him) is a guides editor at Polygon, where he writes, edits, and shepherds service-oriented articles about the biggest games du jour. He previously worked at Kotaku.

Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t officially launch until Nov. 10, but you can get early access to the campaign up to week beforehand. Hot off the heels of an open beta, it’s your second chance to play part of Modern Warfare 3 earlier than usual — if you’ve paid up, naturally.

Here’s when Modern Warfare 3 early access starts for the campaign, and what time campaign early access starts in your time zone.


How to get MW3 campaign early access

Early access to the Modern Warfare 3 campaign is available to anyone who digitally preorders the game — whether or not it’s the standard edition or the premium “Vault” edition.


What time does early access to MW3 campaign start on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation?

On Windows PC, where Modern Warfare 3 is available via Steam and Battle.net, campaign early access begins at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 2, according to an Activision blog post.

(Update, Nov. 1): Activision clarified in a blog post that Modern Warfare 3 campaign early access will go live on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S at the same time as Windows PC.

Here’s what that is in your time zone:

  • 10 a.m. PDT on Nov. 2 for the West Coast of North America
  • 1 p.m. EDT on Nov. 2 for the East Coast of North America
  • 5 p.m. GMT on Nov. 2 for the U.K.
  • 6 a.m. CEST on Nov. 2 for west mainland Europe
  • 2 a.m. JST on Nov. 3 for Japan

If you’ve pre-ordered, you’ll be able to preload the Modern Warfare 3 campaign starting at 10 a.m. PT on Nov. 1.


What comes with MW3 campaign early access?

A direct sequel to 2022’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the campaign for Modern Warfare 3 continues the narrative of Captain John Price’s Task Force 141. Early access gets you the whole campaign, too. Like Starfield, Diablo 4, Mortal Kombat, and more big-budget games, Call of Duty is the latest tentpole to offer divergent release dates. In this case, Nov. 2 is for all intents and purposes the Modern Warfare 3 release date.

Alongside early access to the campaign, Modern Warfare 3 preorders include the Zombie Ghost Operator skin for the game’s multiplayer component, which officially goes live on Nov. 10. If you preorder the pricier Vault Edition, you also get:

  • The Soul Harvester Tracer weapon blueprint
  • The Nemesis Operator pack
  • Two weapon vaults
  • The battle pass for season 1, called Blackcell, plus 30 tier skips

If you plan on jumping into the multiplayer when it goes live, check our guides on the best Striker loadout, best MCW loadout, and best AMR9 loadout.

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