Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: How to Get and Redeem MW3 Beta Codes

Wondering how to get an early access code for the Modern Warfare 3 beta? Here's how to get and redeem them.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is coming, and if you want to get in on the action before the official release, the open beta starts this weekend or next, depending on your platform. If you want early access to the MW3 open beta, you’ll need a beta code or some other way to play the game. And while getting a key is easy enough, using it is a bit more complicated. Here’s how to get and redeem MW3 beta codes.

How to Get and Redeem Modern Warfare 3 Beta Codes

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The only players who need an early access open beta code for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 are those who pre-ordered a physical edition of the game. No matter where you pre-order the physical edition of MW3, your receipt (for in-store purchases) or an email confirming the pre-order (for digital purchases) will have a beta code. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to reach out to that retailer’s support staff for help.

Once you have your MW3 beta code, you need to redeem it. Here are the steps you need to take to do so:

  • Go to the official redemption site.
  • Login to your Call of Duty account (or make one if you don’t have one).
  • Enter the code in the first field.
  • Select the platform where you plan to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
  • Select the country where you live (so the game can place you in the proper servers).
  • Click “Redeem Your Code.”
  • The site will populate a separate code that you’ll redeem through the PlayStation or Xbox store on your console or via your or accounts.

With all that complete, double-check the email attached to your Call of Duty account. You’ll receive a beta token at that address when the beta goes live on your platform. If you don’t have access to the email linked to your CoD account and don’t change that, your token will be lost.

How to Redeem Beta Codes via Digital Storefronts (Steam,, Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store)

What about players who bought the game digitally on Steam or, or the Microsoft or PlayStation stores? Don’t worry. There’s no beta code redemption required for the Modern Warfare 3 digital edition. So long as your account has the pre-order available, you’ll be able to download the standalone MW3 beta launcher, which will activate at the appropriate time.

Does MW3 Beta Progress Carry Over?

One thing to note about the MW3 beta: unlike previous betas, none of the progress you make will carry over to the final game. There are bound to be in-game rewards you can show off for having played the beta when Modern Warfare 3 officially releases on November 10, but any weapon, streak, emblem, or other progression items will reset on launch day.

With that, you should know everything you need to about how to get and redeem MW3 beta codes. Hopefully, the game will be good. Success is not the issue. For more, bookmark our guides hub.

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John Schutt

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.