The arrival of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer is almost here, after the early release of the digital pre-order campaign.
As with the campaign, the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer release time differs depending on whether you’re on PC or console – as well as the region you’re based in.
The good news is, wherever you are and whatever your platform of choice, you’ll be able to get your hands on multiplayer and Special Ops by Friday morning.
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Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer release time on PlayStation and Xbox
On PlayStation and Xbox, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer releases at midnight local time.
The exception is in North America, where it will release everywhere after midnight on the East Coast – meaning, for those on the West Coast, it will launch at 9pm on Thursday.
Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer release time on PC
On PC, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer works around the globe at the same time – aligning with midnight on the East Coast of the United States.
This means that the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer times on PC are as follows:
- UK: 5am (BST)
- Europe: 6am (CEST)
- East Coast of the United States: 12:01 a.m. (EDT)
- West Coast of the United States: 9:00 p.m., Thursday (PDT)
This means if you’re in the West of the Americas, you’ll technically be playing on Thursday, October 27th.
Meanwhile, for those in Europe, you’ll be able to play when you first wake up.
Modern Warfare 2 preload times
As with the multiplayer release itself, the preload time will differ depending on your platform of choice.
On consoles – be it Xbox or PlayStation – you can start preloading right now.
On PC, you can start preloading at the following times on Wednesday, October 26:
- UK: 6pm (BST)
- Europe: 7pm (CEST)
- East Coast of the United States: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
- West Coast of the United States: 10am (PDT)
The above applies whether you play on Steam or Battle.net.
As mentioned, digital pre-orders can start playing the campaign now. Here are details on how long Modern Warfare 2’s campaign is if you want to squeeze it in before Friday’s full launch.
If you want to start reading some weapons first, we have walkthroughs for the M16 and M4 based on the beta.