Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta: 5 Things to Know in June

This is what you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta that arrives in a few months. The private Black Ops 4 beta will let you test out the game before the October 12th release date, and it could help you decide if you want to keep your pre-order. The latest rumors include a start date in August.

Treyarch and Activision announced the Black Ops 4 beta at the reveal event alongside the new Blackout Battle Royale Mode. This is what you need to know about the private beta coming later this year. You can get beta access with the best Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 deals.

Official details are still sparse, but we know a lot thanks to the information that appeared alongside Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 pre-orders and we can also help fill in some of the gaps based on how Activision runs the betas.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Start Date

What you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.
What you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.

We don’t know the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta start date yet. Treyarch did not offer up any information during a recent Multiplayer reveal or during E3.

A new Comcast contest that offers winners a chance to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 early reveals the Black Ops 4 beta start date is in August.

GameStop Germany listed the anticipated Black Ops 4 beta start date as August, but did not include any specific dates. This is a very likely beta start time, even with the earlier release.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Systems

Battle.net is an option for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.
Battle.net is an option for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.

The Black Ops 4 beta is available on PS4, Xbox One and on PC. This is according to listings on Best Buy, which include the private beta as a bonus for each of these systems. The Call of Duty beta site also lists Battle.net as an option for the beta, which confirms availability on PC.

How Long is the Black Ops 4 Beta

We know that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta will last at least three days, and that the dates may be different across the various systems. This is stated in the fine print on Best Buy.

Expect to see two Black Ops 4 beta weekends. The first will likely be PS4 exclusive, with the second being open to all systems including PC. There is always a chance that a PC beta will come at a different time as it is being developed independently.

How to Join the Black Ops 4 Beta

You need to pre-order Black Ops 4 to get access to the beta. That is the only way to get guaranteed access during the limited run. When you pre-order on a disk you will get an email or a printed code that you will need to register on Call of Duty. Closer to the Black Ops 4 beta start date you will get a token that you enter into your system for access.

We’ve seen in the past where one purchase may include multiple codes that the buyer can use to invite a friend or two. Sometimes the beta will open up to all players for a short window on the second weekend, which allows the team to further test the servers and balance of the game.

We could see Comcast subscribers get free access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta without a pre-order.

What’s In the Black Ops 4 Beta?

The biggest question is what is in the Black Ops 4 beta. During the event we learned about three modes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but we won’t likely see all of them in the beta. Do not expect to play Black Ops 4 Zombies in the beta. We haven’t seen this in beta for as long as we can remember.

The beta will definitely include the core Multiplayer experience. It is not clear if you will get to play Blackout during the Black Ops 4 beta. That is the Battle Royale mode that is completely new.

  • Expect limited specialists
  • Expect limited maps
  • Expect a small mix of Deathmatch and Objective based modes

None of the progress will carry over, but if you play during the beta, you will likely get access to some special in game cosmetic reward when the full game launches.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Black Ops 4 & 4 Reasons To Wait

Pre-Order If You Love The Look of Mutliplayer

We got a very good look at the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer experience today. There was no tip-toeing around the big questions. We know there is no jet pack or boost jumping, but you can still slide. Treyarch made it very clear that this is a grounded multiplayer game, but you can still slide. 

In the introduction we learned about changes to weapons, specialists are back with loads of new abilities and you now have to heal your character in the game instead of it automatically happening. The Pick 10 system is back and so are perks, so you can expect a classic Black Ops gaming feel. Everything looked fast and fluid. 

With no story mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer is a bigger component and if that is what you love about the game it's a good reason to pre-order. 

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