Black Ops 3 Beta: 5 Things Not to Expect

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta starts in the early hours overnight and while you prepare to play we are here to give you a look at what you shouldn’t expect from the Black Ops 3 beta.

Treyarch and Activision are teasing and promoting the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta across social media and with early streaming sessions from YouTube COD players to amp up the excitement.

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Even though the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date isn’t until November 6th, the level of interest in the Black Ops 3 beta is incredibly high across the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Update: Start Your PS4 Black Ops 3 Beta Download Early

The PS4 Black Ops 3 beta starts at 12:01 AM August 19th and the Xbox One and PC Black Ops 3 beta starts on August 26th at 12:01 AM. All of these times are Pacific.

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You can use this guide to prepare for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta now, and read on to learn what not to expect from Activision, Treyarch and Call of Duty.

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Don’t Expect to Play at Midnight

Here's what not to expect during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

Here’s what not to expect during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

Most gamers should not expect to play the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta at midnight. First off, the game comes out at 3:01 AM Eastern, which is too late for many players.

Unless you pre-order the game on PSN or Xbox Live you will need to wait for your beta code to arrive and the roll out starts at 12:01 AM Pacific with no promise on how fast you will get your code.

There’s also the fact that this is a 15GB download before you can play.

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Don’t Expect a Black Ops 3 Beta Pre-load

Activision and Treyarch are not offering any way to download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta before the beta starts or to download the beta on a faster connection and transfer to your console at home.

If possible, you may want to run a wired Ethernet cable to your PS4 for a faster download so you can play quicker.

Don’t Expect a Flawless Delivery of Download Codes

At this point you should already be registered for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta. If you aren’t you should do that now so that you will get the beta token you need for the Black Ops 3 beta download.

Activision is emailing these codes to users starting at 12:01 AM Pacific on the day that the beta starts for your platform. You need a separate code for each platform. We would not be surprised to see all the codes arrive in every participant email without problems.

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The odds are good that Activision will not send a code to someone or spam filters will hide it or someone will try to use the registration code to download the beta on the PS4.

If you pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at Amazon do not cancel your pre-order until after the beta ends if you decide not to buy the game. Some reports suggest Amazon is canceling beta codes if you cancel your pre-order.

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Don’t Expect to Play for the Full Beta Period

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is short, so many gamers will want to play as much as possible during the five-day span. Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta servers will be down for some of the time.

“Because this is a beta, periodic maintenance will be necessary throughout the gameplay period.”

There is no exact timing, and odds are good that at some point you will sit down, boot up and see a servers down message during the short window you have to play. Follow @Treyarch on Twitter for updates.

Count on some Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta problems.

Count on some Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta problems.

During the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta live streams some users reported connection problems, so this may be a bigger issue when the servers are crowded with more players.

Don’t Expect Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies

There is a lot of content in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta with three maps, seven modes and eight specialists. The one thing that is not available is Black Ops 3 Zombies. Don’t expect to see any Zombies added to the game during the beta period.

7 Exciting Black Ops 3 Release Details

Black Ops 3 Release Date

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Black Ops 3 Release Date

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date is November 6th. This is a Friday and Treyarch explains that this is timed to allow gamers to set aside a weekend to enjoy and immerse themselves in the game without the looming arrival of work that a traditional Tuesday release entails.

Gamers can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on disc or digital now, with multiple versions of the game available. If you choose not to pre-order you will have no trouble finding a game on the release date, unless you want a special edition.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date arrives simultaneously for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Black Ops 3 comes from another developer and will not include all the same features and upgrades.

Standard versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 start at $59.99 and go up to $199.99 for a special edition. There is also a Season Pass for $49.99 with access to DLC content in 2016. The PS4 gets DLC content a month ahead of the Xbox One.

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