The multiplayer beta tests for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare were the most popular in the history of the franchise, according to Activision. Developer Infinity Ward has conducted a few different public tests of the game's online multiplayer, including a 2v2 alpha and both closed and open beta periods.
This 2019 rendition of Modern Warfare has become one of the most anticipated entries in the long-running annual series. Activision and Infinity Ward have labeled it as both a reboot and a remake of the seminal Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game is being marketed as a much more grim and realistic take on war, as well as a step forward for the Call of Duty formula. Modern Warfare's astounding production values are clear, but the game has also had its share of controversies over the gravity of its themes and its content exclusivity deals with PlayStation. Despite all the buzz and opinions already surrounding the game, the multiplayer beta marked the first time that Modern Warfare was actually made playable to a wide audience, and apparently it was very successful.
In a new press release, Activision revealed that the Modern Warfare beta was the largest in Call of Duty history. The beta tests involved "the most users, the most hours played and the highest peak concurrent number of players" across all platforms combined. Exact numbers weren't given, but Activision states that "millions" of players took part in the beta during its two consecutive weekends, which began on September 12 and ended this past Monday. The tests also featured crossplay, which was likely a major contributing factor to the huge turnout. Crossplay unifies the player base across PS4, Xbox One, and PC and allows them to party up together, which is a first for the Call of Duty series.
The beta showed off a surprising amount of the game, a fact that drew in even more people. Players could build their own custom classes and unlock any of the weapons or upgrades as they leveled up. The inclusion of cross-save was also a big deal, which creates one account that can be used on different platforms. There was a significant selection of maps among multiple modes, including the debut of the 64-player Ground War mode and its new vehicles. According to Activision's press release, Modern Warfare's multiplayer can support over 100 players in the full retail version of the game.
If the beta was any indication, this multiplayer suite will keep players entertained for a long time. Modern Warfare will not have any paid DLC maps or a season pass and already has a far-reaching content roadmap, which will get people interested and make sure that the player base isn't fractured in the long term. It still remains to be seen how well the campaign will handle the weight of its themes, but one can be reasonably sure that the multiplayer will be a very solid experience.