This Thursday marks the start of the Call of Duty® Modern Warfare® Open Crossplay Beta. For the first time ever in Call of Duty, players will be able to play together across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The introduction of crossplay in Modern Warfare when it launches next month on October 25th is only one example of how Call of Duty is uniting the community in the ultimate multiplayer playground. We’ll also see the removal of Season Pass along with plans to release free maps and content post-launch.
With crossplay, developer Infinity Ward is ensuring players can experience together the badass fun of Call of Duty multiplayer regardless of system. This weekend’s Crossplay Open Beta will provide not only a great opportunity for gamers to have a blast together, but also provide developers important feedback as they polish for worldwide release next month.
How does Crossplay work? Here’s some helpful information you’ll need as you enjoy the Crossplay Open Beta.
1. You can Opt in, or Opt out:
In Modern Warfare, players can choose to enable crossplay, allowing players to play with friends on all three supported platforms, so the game offers an opt-in choice.
2. A COD Account is Needed:
Remember, you will need a COD Account to play Modern Warfare, if you don’t have one already you can create one here.
3. Matchmaking and Balancing:
In Modern Warfare, crossplay has been designed to factor play balancing across differences in controller type. No one should feel an unfair advantage. Plus, players have choices on which control device they wish to use on any platform. Here are some examples you may experience:
· You can decide to use keyboard and mouse on PlayStation® 4 or Xbox One.
· You can decide to use a controller on PC.
· PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players can all play against each other, provided they all utilize controllers, or all utilize KBM (a keyboard and mouse).
· You can place into a lobby where there are no control scheme filters, allowing you to play with players using both controllers and/or KBM across up to all three supported platforms.
Plus, with the addition of crossplay, we anticipate that players should look forward to even shorter lobby wait times.
4. Adding your Friends and Gathering Parties:
Using your COD Account, you are able to create cross-platform Friends lists and Parties from all three supported platforms. This unites the community by removing barriers, creating platform-agnostic friend groups. Are you a PS4 player with friends on Xbox One and PC, for example? Now you can organize parties and jump into matches with your friends, easily and quickly regardless of platform!
5. Crossplay Applicable Modes:
Crossplay supports all multiplayer modes in Modern Warfare. There are no plans currently to support Ranked Play or competitive tournaments.
These are just a few of the highlights. Today at 10AM PDT, Infinity Ward developers will go even deeper on the ins and outs of crossplay gameplay live via stream. You can tune in here.
Post-Launch Crossplay Launch Information:
Following the launch of Modern Warfare next month, the team has worked to ensure that content will be released in a way that enables all players to continue to seamlessly play together. Most Post-launch gameplay content, including new multiplayer maps, new multiplayer modes, special ops missions and more will release simultaneously across all platforms. We look forward to further detailing how post-launch content plans will operate prior to Modern Warfare’s launch on October 25th.
In addition, Call of Duty is excited to continue its partnership with PlayStation, including last weekend’s PS4 debut of the Modern Warfare Open Beta as well as the recent PS4 exclusive 2v2 Alpha. But the best is yet to come. For the very first time in our partnership with PlayStation, PS4 players will have an exciting Day 1 advantage. More details on how Call of Duty will continue to support PlayStation as the best place to play Modern Warfare will be rolled out soon.
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