How to download the Modern Warfare 2 campaign on PC and console
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Later today on Oct. 20, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 officially goes live with the release of the Early Access Campaign.

Players who digitally pre-ordered any edition of MW2 will gain access to the campaign one week before the full game launches on Oct. 28. Before players can even think of playing the Modern Warfare 2 campaign early, though, they’ll need to know how to download it.

This is the first time that Activision has ever released the campaign early. It seems as though this is part of an effort to put more of an emphasis on the single-player mode. Leaks have surfaced saying the campaign will receive DLC for the first time as well. With more players hopping into the campaign due to the Early Access period, this DLC will naturally receive more attention.

If you’re someone who is going to hop into the campaign, then read below to figure out how to download the mode in MW2.

Download the Modern Warfare 2 campaign on PC

To be clear, downloading the game is similar to pre-loading. However, pre-loading only occurs before the game goes live. If you’re reading this article and still don’t have the campaign downloaded, then pre-loading has become moot.

In this case, you’ll just need to download it. If you’re on PC, then you can do so rather easily. We explain how to download the campaign on Battle.Net and Steam below.

Battle.Net

  • Open up the Battle.Net Launcher
  • Navigate to the Game Page for MW2
  • Press the blue Download button that appears in the bottom-left

Steam

  • Open up Steam
  • Press the “Games” tab and find Modern Warfare 2
  • Press the blue Download button in the top left of the game’s page

Downloading the game will only grant players access to the campaign, not the entire multiplayer. They’ll need to perform a separate download for the full game at a later date, which you can read about in our previous article.

Download the Modern Warfare 2 campaign on Xbox and PlayStation

If you’re not on PC and are instead playing on Xbox or PlayStation, then you can follow similar steps to download the campaign.

Xbox

  • Go to the Microsoft Store
  • Type in Modern Warfare 2 in the search bar
  • If you have digitally pre-ordered the game, you will see an option to download the campaign on the game’s store page

PlayStation

  • Go to the PS Store
  • Type in Modern Warfare 2 in the search bar
  • If you have digitally pre-ordered the game, you will see an option to download the campaign on the game’s store page

As you can see, the process is the exact same for either console. The campaign’s file size will differ depending on your system, but generally, it’s around 25 GBs. On Xbox, you can download the entirety of MW2, which will pre-load all of the game’s assets, making your download bigger. PlayStation players will gain this ability today as well.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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