The multiplayer beta of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is scheduled to begin on October 14, Activision and Infinity Ward have announced.
However, the beta is only arriving for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As previously revealed, the new Call of Duty installment will not allow an early testing preview on PC. Between ambiguous statements passed to defend that decision, we’re assuming that it has to do with optimization issues.
Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer beta will cover two weekends. It kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on October 14 for only those who pre-order the game on PlayStation 4. The first beta weekend will then expire on Monday, September 17 at the same times. The next beta weekend caters to both Xbox and PlayStation 4 players, running from October 21 through October 24 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Similar to the first weekend, only those who have confirmed early copies of the game will be granted access.
The beta schedule for Infinite Warfare differs from what we saw with Call of Duty: Black Ops III last year. To begin with, Treyarch offered a beta for PC as well. Secondly, the beta periods on consoles did not overlap between the two platforms. Finally, the beta was finally opened to everyone on all platforms even if the user has not pre-ordered the game.
Activision has not confirmed whether it will release Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer beta for everyone regardless of the pre-order status.
The publisher has also not confirmed what beta content players will be seeing. Information on that is going to arrive “in the coming weeks.”
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is scheduled to release worldwide on November 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game’s premium bundles feature the inclusion of a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
We’re yet to hear about a multiplayer beta for Modern Warfare remastered. It seems unlikely that we’ll be able to play the game early once Infinite Warfare wraps up its beta. The dates are just too close to the official launch.