Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward's community manager, has said that not holding a public beta test for Modern Warfare 2 isn't written in stone, but they have no plans for one.
Fans got a little worried it could harm the game when it finishes, but Bowling assures that multiplayer has been "a major focus for the team" since they started. So it's internal only.
"As I've told you many times in the past, expect no Public Beta unless we announce otherwise," posted Bowling on his .
"That is still the case. We would never say something as definitive as 'No Beta Ever!' as that's simply not how we work. We'll do an internal beta, if we feel a public one is needed, we'll explore that route as well."
Developer Infinity is running their own extensive in-house testing of the game, as well as including publisher and some first-party partners.
"The internal beta will allow us all the benefits of a public beta test without the impact it takes on the time required to prep, distribute and manage a public beta during this crucial time in development," he explained.
"Multiplayer has been in development since day one of working on Modern Warfare 2, and this is the essential run up to launch when we’re playing everyday, hammering away on it to make sure it's as polished as can be by launch."
"As always, our internal QA team has daily multiplayer tests in addition to company-wide nightly MP tests we hold from the moment MP is in a running state throughout development."
Infinity Ward won't ship rubbish. "...any fears that no Public Beta will result in any quality loss in the final multiplayer game is completely unfounded; Multiplayer has always been and will always remain a major focus for the team at Infinity Ward and we would never ship a product we didn’t feel lived up to the high standards we hold ourselves to."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is being released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this November 10th.
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