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:
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 Battle.net). 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, Battle.net 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:
- Team Deathmatch
- Search & Destroy
- 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
- 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.