In the past years many of us have had the pleasure of taking part in the Call of Duty public multiplayer betas, which to us pretty much just means that we got the chance to play some of the game a little bit earlier than everyone else.
It seems that Modern Warfare 2 is not going to be getting a public beta, although Infinity Wards Robert Bowling says that it isn’t definite and one may still be done in future if Infinity Ward and Activision feel that they have not been able to get enough information out of the closed beta that they are running.
I would love to get my hands on the beta if one becomes available but it’s not happening, or it might, or something. Check out what he had to say in his own words after the jump.
I wanted to clarify the supposed â€œnewsâ€ coming out of GameCom this morning regarding no MW2 Beta.First, nothing has technically changed by this news. As I’ve told you many times in the past, expect no Public Beta unless we announce otherwise. That is still the case. We would never say something as definitive as â€œNo Beta Ever!â€ as that’s simply not how we work. We’ll do an internal beta, if we feel a public one is needed, we’ll explore that route as well.
It is true that we have not announced a Public Beta for MW2, and that remains true unless I announce otherwise.
However, 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, & manage a public beta during this crucial time in development.
Once the internal beta is completed, 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.
That said, any fears that no Public Beta will result in any quality loss in the final multiplayer game is completely unfounded; Multiplayer has always been and will always remain a major focus for the team at Infinity Ward and we would never ship a product we didn’t feel lived up to the high standards we hold ourselves to.
This decision allows us to deliver a more polished experience, which in the end, is what we all want.
Last Updated: August 20, 2009