Following the largest Alpha in Call of Duty history on PlayStation®4, the community has another opportunity to experience the next generation of multiplayer combat before the official launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 13.
During the Beta, experience Black Ops’ signature combat in traditional 6v6 modes, the largest number of player 12v12 Combined Arms and a new 40-player mode, Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. The Beta will feature a selection of the game’s multiplayer maps in various global locations during the Cold War. Players can progress and rank up in the Beta’s dedicated leveling system, where equipment items, including new weaponry, covert espionage technology through Field Upgrades and rough score streaks, can be unlocked by earning XP.
The Black Ops Cold War open beta will be free on all platforms, and players who pre-ordered digitally will get early access.
Read on for details on pre-loading, downloading, the schedule and what’s included in Black Ops Cold War Beta:
Open Beta dates and times: time to play.
There are two weekends of the Black Ops Cold War beta . Each “weekend” is scheduled to last a total of four days, and both play periods are scheduled to begin Thursday morning at 10 a. M. PDT and end Monday at 10 a. M. updates to the schedule.
Weekend One (Oct. 8 – Oct. 12): PlayStation 4 Exclusive
The first Beta Weekend is exclusive to PlayStation 4 owners, and is scheduled for Thursday, October 8 through Monday, October 12.
Early Access : Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 are available to players who pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War digitally on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
Open Beta: The remainder of the Beta period, from Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12, is free for all PlayStation 4 owners*. If you have a PS4 and an Internet connection, get ready for Black Ops combat and join during the Open Beta.
Weekend Two: All Platforms (Cross Play)
The second Beta Weekend is available on all three platforms, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, October 15 through Monday, October 19. As a fully connected experience, cross-play will be active, allowing you to have fun with friends and the community at large no matter what they play.
PlayStation 4: Regardless of whether you digitally pre-ordered the game or not, Weekend 2 is a free open beta for all PlayStation 4 owners.
Xbox and PC Early Access: Those who pre-ordered the game digitally for Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, or pre-ordered for PC through Blizzard Battle.net can start playing the Beta on Thursday, October 15 and Friday. Oct. 16. Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox players, and PC players must have a Battle.net account.
Xbox and PC Open Beta: The remainder of the weekend, Saturday, Oct. 17 through Monday, Oct. 19, is accessible to Xbox and PC players regardless of pre-order status. Now, all members of the Call of Duty community can hop on and play together.
What’s inside the beta
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta will feature a combination of maps, modes and playlists. As with previous Betas, Black Ops Cold War Beta will also include a progression system where players can earn XP to unlock new content for their loadouts, including weapons, gear, Create-a-Class slots and Scorestreaks.
Expect frequent updates and a few surprises within the Beta over the two weekends and stay tuned to the official Call of Duty and Treyarch channels for specific details.
Visit the Cold War landing site for detailed information about the game, the Beta version and Beta multiplayer specific information such as game modes and loadouts.
Earn an SMG weapon blueprint for reaching level 10
All players who reach level 10 within the beta will receive an SMG weapon blueprint at the launch of Black Ops Cold War.
A weapon blueprint is a variant of an in-game weapon family, with its own unique name and cosmetic differences. Weapon blueprints can also come equipped with attachments, allowing you to use them on that specific weapon without needing to level up to unlock those attachments organically. These attachments can be swapped out in favor of other attachments obtained by leveling up the weapon normally.
Access to the Beta
As mentioned in the schedule, digital pre-order customers will be entitled to early access (Thursday and Friday) through their account on which they purchased the game. All other players can still access the open part of the Beta (Saturday through Monday) for free.
Download the beta version from your platform’s own store and follow the instructions to download it. On PC (week two), the beta version of Black Ops Cold War can be found under “Partner Games”.
Prior to the start of each weekend, all players will be able to pre-load the Beta.
PlayStation 4 (week 1 and 2): preload the beta starting October 6 at 8 am PDT.
Note: If you are on PlayStation 4 and preload or download the Beta during its first weekend, you do not need to download it again for the second weekend. Also, players can delete the Alpha, as the Beta is a completely different file and requires a new download.
Xbox and PC (week 2): pre-download the beta starting October 13 at 8 am PDT.
Pre-order now on digital and get early access.
Players who pre-order can get early access to the open beta and receive instant rewards such as the Woods Operator Pack ** for immediate use in Modern Warfare® and Warzone ™ .
There are several options for the game available to choose from, including the Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle Edition or Ultimate Edition. All digital editions come with early access to this Open Beta.
Pre-order now on the game’s official website and, at the same time,
check which edition is right for you in this detailed blog.
Stay connected to additional Intel
Be sure to check back here on the Activision Games Daily blog for the latest information on the Beta and Cold War Black Ops as its release on November 13th XX draws near. Also, be sure to visit the Treyarch Blog for more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War announcements and content.