Mice and keyboards are set to join the fray on the Pacific and European fronts, as Activision and developer Treyarch announced the launch of the multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: World at War for Windows PC. Players can guarantee themselves a token by pre-ordering the game at North American GameStop retail locations, or online at http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?Product%5FID=72027. Call of Duty fans that register to become members at www.callofduty.com are also eligible to receive a token; however, these tokens are limited in supply, so register now. For more information about this beta or the one currently being played on the Xbox 360 and the opportunity to secure a beta token or key, fans can also visit www.callofduty.com/beta.

The Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer betas will provide players with an opportunity to play up to Level 40 as U.S. Marines, German Wehrmacht, Japanese Imperial Army and Russian Red Army factions in a variety of game types (Team Death Match, Free-For-All, Capture the Flag and War), across three different maps:

  • Castle: The Imperial Japanese Army faces off against the Marine Raiders in a daytime battle, located on the grounds of an ancient, Japanese castle.
  • Makin: The U.S. Marine Raiders square off against the Imperial Japanese Army in a nighttime fight, set in an outpost on the Makin Atoll in the Pacific.
  • Roundhouse: The Wehrmacht will fight the Red Army to the bitter end in a daytime struggle that features tank and infantry combat, set in a desolate, war-torn European train depot.

The PC beta will last for a few weeks; however, the full battle will begin on November 11, 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War is released to retailers nationwide.

Call of Duty: World at War is in development for the Xbox 360, Windows PC, PLAYSTATION 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. For more information about Call of Duty: World at War, visit www.callofduty.com.