Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer and Blackout Beta Information Released

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer and Blackout Beta Information Released

Find out when you'll be able to take a gander at Call of Duty's battle royale experience.

Treyarch and publisher Activision Blizzard announced today when players can expect to get their shot at the private beta experience for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. There will actually be two different beta phases, one for the regular multiplayer modes and another for the battle royale-based Blackout mode.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us at Treyarch because – not only are we putting more content into players' hands earlier than ever before – we get to break new ground by hosting two separate Beta experiences," said Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting. “Games are better when they’re a result of a dialogue with our community. Not only does it improve the game’s quality, but it allows us to respond to player feedback and custom-craft the experience to how players engage most with the game."

The multiplayer beta starts first in August, with PlayStation 4 getting a week's lead time on other platforms. The beta will involve six maps across five different game modes, including Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and the new objective-based Control. All players will get a unique calling card for participating in the beta and if you achieve max rank, you'll get an unlock token for the game's Create-A-Class content. The full multiplayer schedule is as follows:

  • PlayStation 4 (Starts: August 3 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 6 at 10am/PT)
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)
  • PC Beta Early Access (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT) *PC exclusively on Battle.Net
  • PC Open Beta (Starts: August 11 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)

The Blackout beta doesn't have an exact start date yet, but it'll kick off in September. Like the multiplayer beta, PlayStation 4 owners will get a head start.

"The team has been having a ridiculous amount of fun playing it internally. We are so excited to be able to share that fun with you in September. The community feedback generated from going hands-on is always incredibly important, and it’s never been more so than with Blackout," said Treyarch senior producer Yale Miller.

Access to the private beta experiences requires a private beta code from pre-ordering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at a participating retailer. For more on how to access the beta, hit up our Black Ops 4 beta guide.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 12, 2018.

The CoD Blackout Beta is live now. Get all the info in our guide and also check out out CoD Blackout Map guide.

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