With a new Black Ops on the way, Treyarch and Activision need to put the multiplayer through its paces. That means a beta is on the way, and with just over two months to go until the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 13, it's coming up fast. Starting on October 8, Cold War will run a multiplayer beta across two long weekends for current-gen consoles and PC.
The first weekend, running from October 8 through 12, will be limited to PlayStation 4 testing. For the first two days, it'll only be open to folks who pre-order a digital version of Black Ops Cold War. Then, on October 10, Treyarch will flip a switch and it'll become an open beta.
Xbox One, PC, and PS4 players will all get to participate in the second beta period, which runs from October 15 through 19. Again, the first two days will be set aside for pre-orders and after that, it's open season.
If you want that early beta access but are also planning on playing Black Ops Cold War on PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S, you should still be able to get in on it. Activision is selling digital cross-gen bundles of Black Ops Cold War at $69.99, the same price that the next-gen versions alone will cost.
At the moment, there's no word on exactly what folks will be playing in the beta. Black Ops Cold War will see the return of the Zombies mode, but the beta will probably focus on parts of the conventional multiplayer.
Senior Editor Caty McCarthy recently got to go hands-on with Cold War's competitive multiplayer for a few hours. You can check out Caty's thoughts on two of its new modes, how it stacks up to Modern Warfare's multiplayer suite, and what the transition to Black Ops might mean for Call of Duty: Warzone right here, or go back to read her impressions of the Cold War campaign here.