Updated: 2:06PM PST
I can still remember the sheer madness that surrounded the multiplayer beta for Activision's critically acclaimed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I probably played more multiplayer during that beta than I have for most full games. That's why it's a bit sad to hear that Infinity Ward's upcoming Modern Warfare 2 will not receive a multiplayer beta prior to its November 10th release, CVG reports from GamesCom.
It seems that Infinity Ward has the ridiculous notion that it doesn't need to create any hype for its under-the-radar sequel. Well, I guess well see if it pays off in a few months (Note to calendar: Be November 10th tomorrow!). I'm currently waiting to hear back from Activision for confirmation on this, so stay tuned.
How many people out there went on to buy Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare because of the multiplayer beta?
Update: Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling (aka fourtwozero) has confirmed via his blog that there are currently no plans for a Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta, saying:
"While no Public Beta is currently announced we do plan on running an extensive Closed Beta among Infinity Ward, Activision, and possibly 1st party partners worldwide. The internal beta will allow us all the benefits of a public beta test without the impact it takes on the time required to prep, distribute, and manage a public beta during this crucial time in development."
However, he went on to say that a public beta is not completely off the table. "If for any reason we feel we didn’t receive the feedback, address the issues, or have the result we expect...we would consider pushing forward with a public one, however at this point only an internal Closed Beta is planned."
So there you have it...for now.