Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Beta: What You Need to Know

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What to know:

  • Activision’s new game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, developed by Sledgehammer Games, will launch on November 10, 2023, with two open beta sessions for players to experience the game early.
  • The first beta session is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 from October 6 to 10, 2023. It includes five game modes and five maps, with the open beta starting on October 8 for all PlayStation users, regardless of pre-order status.
  • The beta allows players to reach a maximum level of 20, unlocking various perks and gear options as they progress. The game features new movement mechanics and a range of maps and modes for players to explore. The second beta weekend details will be announced later.

Here’s all you need to know about the new Call of Duty

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Another year, another Call of Duty game. This time, Sledgehammer Games takes the developmental wheel, with Activision publishing the game. Modern Warfare III is set to launch on November 10, 2023. But players can get an early experience with their two open beta sessions. Let’s see what we can get our hands on during the tests!

Beta Weekend One: October 6 – 10

This is a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 exclusive weekend, so Xbox and PC players will have to wait for the next one!

Early Access

Those who pre-ordered the game on the PS4 and PS5 can jump straight into combat on Friday, October 6 at 10 AM PT.

Open Beta

The rest of the PlayStation community can join in on October 8 at 10 AM PT, regardless of whether they have purchased the game. 

The first beta weekend ends on Tuesday, October 10 at 10 AM PT.

Just hop on over to the PlayStation store and download the MWIII Beta to start playing. If you have ordered the game from an external retailer, then you will receive your beta early access codes via mail.

Weekend One: Game Modes

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The first early access weekend kicks off with 4 game modes, and a 5th one will be added on Sunday, when the open beta begins. Let’s see which game modes we will have access to.

  • Team Deathmatch: Ah, the OG. Work together to take out the other team and hit that score limit.
  • Domination: Grab and hold up to three flags to rack up points for your crew. Play defense or set out to conquer; your choice.
  • Hardpoint: Get in the zone (literally) and rack up points by taking and holding that shifting hotspot.
  • Kill Confirmed (Open Beta): Team Deathmatch with a twist – bag those Dog Tags from downed foes to bank points for your squad. Oh, and snag your buddy’s tags to stop the other side from scoring.
  • Ground War: It’s a big-time battle with vehicles in the mix. Take and keep control of spots on the map to rack up points. The more spots you hold, the more places your team can spawn. Think Domination, but with even more action. Let the chaos, begin!

Weekend One: Maps

With so many game modes dropping, Activision has handpicked various maps for our operators to go down in a blaze of glory. Here is the list of maps that we can access on weekend one of the beta! Heads up, on top of the 4 maps available right off the bat, a 5th map will be added when the open beta begins.

1. Core Maps

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Strafe into the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Favela’s layout offers you plenty of ways to mix it up with enemy Operators. You can hang out on the outskirts to take shots from a distance along the streets and through the shacks, so polish up those DMRs. Or, if you’re feeling gutsy, pull out that 12-gauge and dive into the narrow alleys for some up-close-and-personal action. Use the new movement mechanics to your advantage and traverse the rooftops like the parkour expert of death.

2. Estate

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Get all geared up for some outdoor action in Estate. You can either duke it out for a cozy spot in the lodge, or sneak around the woods on the outskirts to catch your foes off guard. Assault rifles and SMGs; it’s your time to shine. Keep your eyes peeled for contacts hiding in the scattered buildings, and be ready to switch to your trusty pistol or shotgun when you go head-to-head with other Operators at arm’s length. It’s all about adaptability out there!

3. Skidrow

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Explore the gritty streets of Skidrow and make the most of that new Tac-Stance move to navigate those narrow corners in this cityscape. You’ve got options – either go head-to-head in the central building or opt for the tunnel and alleys to outmaneuver your rivals. There are plenty of chances to catch ’em by surprise, so stay alert and keep moving!

4. Rust (Open Beta)

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This map drops when the open beta begins. In Rust, you’ve got two choices: either fight it out for the prime spot up in the tower or get crafty on the ground, using all the obstacles on the map to stay hidden. In this famous desert setting, it’s all about finding those sweet angles to gain the upper hand. And don’t forget to make the most of your full set of Loadout gear to outsmart the enemy crew. It’s game on!

5. Ground War Map – Popov Power

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Load up and bust through defenses at the Popov Power Plant! Keep your eyes peeled both up high and down low for snipers, armored vehicles, and foes popping out from those massive concrete structures. Modern Warfare III serves up the full range of combat scenarios, and trust me, at the Power Plant, you’re going to get a taste of everything. So, clean those sniper barrels and check your explosive ordnances. It’s going to get hot. 

How Does Progression Work in the Beta?

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In the opening weekend of the Modern Warfare III Beta, you can reach a max level of 20. As you climb those Player Levels, you’ll unlock more gear options starting from Level 4 when Custom Loadouts kick in. For instance, at level 4, you unlock the PILA launcher, which is a portable infrared SAM that packs quite a punch. At level 9, you unlock the good old remote turret. Ah, the satisfying feeling of seeing kills pop up when you’re nowhere near the enemy, thanks to your turret going absolute Rambo on the other side of the map.

You also unlock various perks, like the ‘Mission Control Comlink’ which unlocks at level 11. This reduces the cost of your scorestreaks. At level 20, you get the ‘Gunner Vest’ perk. This lets you start off with max ammo, improves reload speeds, and if you have the ‘Mag Holster’ equipped, it even gives you the effects of the aforementioned ‘Mission Comlink’ perk! Pretty sweet, right? So, buck up and get to that beta level cap to make the most of this playtest.

Bravo Six… Going Dark

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So there you have it! Take advantage of the first weekend of the Beta to hit that initial level cap and really get a grip on the game. Once you hit Level 4, you’ll unlock Custom Loadouts, opening up a whole world of experimentation as you work your way to Level 20. Even if you’re treading on familiar turf, the modern speed and movement mechanics in Modern Warfare III are a game-changer. Make good use of your newfound agility to outflank your opponents and dominate the classic maps in style.

And here’s a pro tip: Use this early Beta period to fine-tune your game settings. Figure out what works best for you so that you’re locked and loaded for Weekend Two and when the game officially drops. As Cpt. Price always says, “Stay frosty.”

And that covers all the info we have on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Beta Weekend One. We will give information on Weekend Two of the beta as soon as we get our hands on it. Until then, stay tuned to NerdsChalk for more from the world of gaming!