Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have more than one release date, as per usual these days. Activision Blizzard are tossing in a ton of editions and the release date depends on whether you preordered so here is a quick walkthrough.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released on 25 October 2019 which is still almost two months away but we will get to experience the game sooner. PlayStation 4 users already had their first taste of Infinity Ward's new old game but all the eligible platforms will be able to give it a whirl on 12 September 2019, more than a month before release.
This supposed beta test will be available only to those who preorder the new Modern Warfare and it seems to be the only modifier of when we get to play it first. Two weeks time from the time of writing this article, provided you are willing to throw money at Activision before seeing the reviews or extended gameplay footage.
The 25 October 2019 is the actual release date when everyone will get access to the game, regardless of whether they pre-ordered or not. Considering that Activision threw us a curveball with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 microtransactions that got released two weeks after the game, it could be worth waiting a similar period if you are on the wary side of the community.
Microtransactions are a certainty at this point, since some of the special editions of Modern Warfare even include Call of Duty Points (CP) currency. Furthermore, the official website points to the microtransactions not being active at launch since CP will only become accessible in Modern Warfare "once CP are made available in game".
Therefore, there are strong hints Activision will once again release microtransactions at a delayed date, in an attempt to have better review scores.
The same story happened with Black Ops 4. Reviews rolled out before the microtransactions rolled in and the scores were higher than they would be if reviewers were aware of the ridiculous cash grabs that would happen in the future.