The high­ly antic­i­pat­ed Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War mul­ti­play­er reveal final­ly hap­pened, along­side a pletho­ra of infor­ma­tion about the upcom­ing Tre­yarch title, includ­ing the start times of all their beta peri­ods. As it has been typ­i­cal for the past sev­er­al years, PlaySta­tion play­ers will be get­ting the most oppor­tu­ni­ties to play the game before its release.

These betas won’t be live until the begin­ning and mid­dle of Octo­ber, and those that pre-ordered the game for either PS4 or PS5, will get the first crack at the beta on Octo­ber 8th. You can see the rest of the start times and what plat­forms can play, below:

Here's When You Can Play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Betas

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Times

Weekend 1: Early Access

PlaySta­tion 4 own­ers who have pre-ordered the game (for either PS4 or PS5) will get access to the beta first, but only for a sin­gle day, from Octo­ber 8th to the 9th. 

Weekend 1: Open

Sat­ur­day Octo­ber 10th, to Mon­day, Octo­ber 12th all PlaySta­tion 4 users will have free access to the Black Ops Cold War Beta. Obvi­ous­ly, it will require an inter­net con­nec­tion and PS Plus.

Weekend 2: Early Access

From Thurs­day, Octo­ber 15th to Fri­day, Octo­ber 16th, those who pre-ordered the game will have ear­ly access (pre-pur­chas­es for Xbox One/ Series X or PC via Bliz­zard This time­frame will be open for PS4 owners. 

Weekend 2: PS4, Xbox One and PC (Cross-play)

The sec­ond week­end starts on Octo­ber 15th, end­ing Octo­ber 19th and will be avail­able for all plat­forms. If you’re a PS4 play­er, you can resume where you left off in the beta from the pre­vi­ous week­end. Activi­sion did­n’t men­tion if you could choose between play­ing cross-play or just against oth­er play­ers on console.

Weekend 2: Open

The rest of the open beta peri­od runs from Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 17th to Mon­day Octo­ber 19th, and can be accessed by all play­ers on PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you’re play­ing on PC, is required for you to play. Week­end 2 will also include cross-play. 

Activi­sion also announced a lit­tle bit of what to expect dur­ing these betas, includ­ing maps, weapons, game modes, Wild­cards and more:


  • Arma­da
  • Cross­roads
Here's When You Can Play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Betas
  • Mia­mi
Here's When You Can Play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Betas
  • Moscow
  • Satel­lite

Game Modes

  • Team Death­match
  • Search & Destroy
  • Dom­i­na­tion
  • Kill Con­firmed
  • VIP Escort
    • Teams must pro­tect or elim­i­nate a ran­dom­ly select­ed play­er who becomes a VIP. The VIP only gets pis­tol, smoke grenade, UAV and five squad­mates to defend them.
  • Com­bined Arms
    • A 12v12 bat­tle that com­bines infantry and vehic­u­lar game as a large scale mode. Depend­ing on the map, vehi­cles like Tanks, Snow­mo­biles, Attack Heli­copters or Wakerun­ners will be avail­able to use dur­ing tra­di­tion­al gun­fights. Com­bined Arms will have mul­ti­ple maps and modes
  • Fireteam
    • 40 play­er mode with up to 10 teams of four, with the first avail­able Fireteams game type is called Dirty Bomb, which will get more infor­ma­tion clos­er to launch.


The Cre­ate-a-Class sys­tem is now slot-based, giv­ing a pri­ma­ry, sec­ondary, lethal and tac­ti­cal equip­ment, Field Upgrade and a set of Perks. The Field Upgrades are new to the Black Ops series, and work exact­ly the same way as the ones in Mod­ern War­fare. Load­outs can also be out­fit­ted with Wild­cards, which will pro­vide one of four benefits:

·      Grant eight attach­ments for a pri­ma­ry weapon

·      Car­ry up to six Perks

·      Dou­ble the num­ber of lethal and tac­ti­cal equip­ment giv­en on spawn

·      Car­ry three Perks from any cat­e­go­ry, rather than be lim­it­ed to one of each

Score­streaks are return­ing to Call of Duty this year, with sev­er­al big changes. Earned score is kept through death, giv­ing all play­ers the chance at “earn­ing these vis­cer­al and fun tools that turn the tide of battles.” 

How­ev­er, Score­streaks (espe­cial­ly high­er-end ones) must be earned through scores you rack up from game­play. Those who string togeth­er mul­ti­ple kills before a death will earn streak score bonus­es. Score­streaks will also have cooldowns pre­vent­ing play­ers from “spam­ming” Score­streaks repeat­ed­ly, with some exist­ing to counter oth­er Scorestreaks.

Motion and physics effects have also been adjust­ed, mak­ing oper­a­tors’ move­ment feel more life­like than before. There are four new refine­ments in move­ment being intro­duced in Black Ops Cold War:

·      Sprint Take Off – Oper­a­tors auto­mat­i­cal­ly receive a burst of speed when start­ing a sprint, then set­tle down to a nor­mal sprint speed.

·      Slid­ing – Slides start and end in a crouched posi­tion for a more believ­able move­ment pattern.

·      Foot­step Con­trol – Faster move­ment makes more noise, while slow­er move­ment doesn’t make as much sound. Play­ers can fur­ther reduce the sound of their foot­steps while sprint­ing with the return of the clas­sic Nin­ja Perk.

·      Jump­ing – Expect more nat­ur­al height in jumps, which briefly slows an oper­a­tor down as they land.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releas­es on Novem­ber 13th, three days after the launch of Microsoft­’s Xbox Series X and Series S. You can pre-order the game for all plat­forms, although Activi­sion has­n’t giv­en a release date for next-gen consoles.