Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, but players who pre-order the game (digitally, that is) will be given early access to the single-player campaign for a week, according to Activision. It's an unusual move for the Call of Duty franchise, which normally rewards pre-order bonuses such as multiplayer beta testing.
Activision has announced that digital pre-orders for Modern Warfare 2 would provide up to one week of early access to the whole campaign starting on October 20. (The up to description of that availability factors in potential network outages and, apparently, how long it will take to download this years Call of Duty, as these games are notoriously bulky in size). It's a strong incentive to encourage players to engage in the story-based aspect of Call of Duty, not just the competitive multiplayer component.
Other pre-order bonuses include early access to the open beta and the Final Judgement package, which includes access to the legendary-tier Deathknell operator skin and the Bloodthirsty weapon blueprint for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone.
The single-player Modern Warfare 2 campaign picks up where the previous events from 2019's Modern Warfare left off. The story follows Task Force 141, an elite international team of operatives that includes returning characters Captain John Price, Sergeant Kyle Gaz Garrick, Lieutenant Simon Ghost Riley, and Sergeant John Soap MacTavish, as well as a few new faces, like Colonel Alejandro Vargas and Corporal Phillip Graves.
In Polygons first look at the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign, we noted that the sequel would be a bit more over-the-top and less grounded, in an effort to develop a more enjoyable blockbuster narrative.