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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set to go into full release on October 28, but if you preorder you can jump into the campaign right now, on October 20. 

Activision clarified that this preload is strictly for the singleplayer campaign: Preloading for the full launch, which will also include multiplayer and special ops, will begin the following week, just ahead of the official launch date. Modern Warfare 2 will finally, fully unlock at 9 pm PT on October 27, which as illustrated in the handy map below is actually October 28 in most of the rest of the world.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 unlock times

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Modern Warfare 2 preload times

Campaign preload times for pre-order players: 

  • 10 am PT, October 19
  • 1 pm ET, October 19
  • 6 pm BST, October 19
  • 4 am AEDT, October 20

Full launch preload times:

  • 10 am PT, October 26
  • 1 pm ET, October 26
  • 6 pm BST, October 26
  • 4 am AEDT, October 27

The preload announcement also detailed system requirements, for those unsure whether—or how well—Modern Warfare 2 will run on their rigs. Basic requirements were revealed in September but the new breakdown gets into greater detail across four distinct specs.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC system requirements

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  • CPU: Intel Core I3-6100 / Core I5-2500K OR AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 72GB at Launch
  • GPU: Minimum: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470, 2GB
  • Hi-rez assets cache (optional disk space that can be used to stream high-resolution assets. The option can be turned off in the game’s settings.): Up to 32GB


  • CPU: Intel Core I5-6600K / Core I7-4770 OR AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 72GB at Launch
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580, 4GB
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 32GB


  • CPU: Intel Core I7-8700K OR AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 72GB at Launch
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, 8GB
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 32GB

Ultra 4K:

  • CPU: Intel Core I9-9900K OR AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 72GB at Launch
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, 10GB
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 64GB

Regardless of your hardware spec, you'll also need Windows 10 64-bit with the latest updates installed, and the latest drivers for your video card.

The PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will support an array of advanced visual features and customization options, and will also require a phone number, unless you're already verified for Call of Duty: Warzone. It will be available for PC on Steam and Battle.net.

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