Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer release time on PC, Xbox and PlayStation

The arrival of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer is almost here, following the early launch of the digital pre-order campaign.

As with the campaign, the release time for Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer differs depending on whether you’re on PC or console, as well as the region you’re in.

The good news is that wherever you are and whatever platform you choose, you’ll be able to get your hands on multiplayer and Special Ops on Friday morning.

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Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Release Time on PlayStation and Xbox

On PlayStation and Xbox, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer launches at midnight local time.

The exception is in North America, where it will launch everywhere once midnight hits on the East Coast, meaning for those on the West Coast, it will launch at 9pm on Thursday.

Additionally, developer Infinity Ward warned against changing the region of your console in order to access multiplayer early, as you will “experience connectivity issues”:

Start PSA: If you are trying to change the locale of your console so you can access #MWII early, you will experience connectivity issues and may be locked out of the game until the official launch time for your region.

– Infinity Room (@InfinityWard) October 27, 2022

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Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Release Time on PC

On PC, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer goes live at the same time around the world, coinciding with midnight on the US East Coast.

This means that Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer times on PC are as follows:

  • UK: 5am (BST)
  • Europe: 06:00 (CEST)
  • US East Coast: 12:01 am (EDT)
  • US West Coast: Thursdays at 9:00 pm (PDT)

This means that if you are in the American West, you will technically be playing on Thursday, October 27.

Meanwhile, those in Europe will be able to play first thing in the morning.

Getting stuck in multiplayer? We explain the best weapons in Modern Warfare 2 and how to unlock all weapons and accessories, as well as individual pages on how to build an MP5 loadout, an FTAC loadout, an M4 loadout, a Kastov 762 loadout, a SP-R 208 loadout, a TAQ 56. 556 Icarus equipment, Vel 46 equipment, M16 equipment and FSS Hurricane equipment. At launch, you may be wondering where the Battle Pass and Hardcore Tier 1 modes are, as well as how to claim Modern Warfare 2 Twitch drops. Elsewhere, learn how to turn off cross-play on PlayStation and Xbox, get and use Double XP, level up quickly, get gold camouflage, check KD and unlock all MW2 operators. Replaying the story? We have explanations for the duration of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign and all the safe code combinations.

Modern Warfare 2 Preload Times

As with the launch of multiplayer, preload time varies depending on the platform you choose.

On consoles, whether 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: 7:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • US East Coast: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • US West Coast: 10 am (PDT)

The above applies whether you play on Steam or

As mentioned, digital pre-orders can start playing the campaign now. Here’s details on the length of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, if you fancy squeezing it in before Friday’s full release.

If you want to start reading about some weapons early, we have explanations for the M16 and M4 based on the beta.

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