Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta – everything you need to know

Following the largest Alpha in Call of Duty history on PlayStation 4, the community has another chance to experience the next generation of global combat early before the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 13.

Over the course of the two weekend Beta, experience signature Black Ops combat across traditional 6v6 modes, more competitive VIP Escort, vehicle-fueled 12v12 Combined Arms, and the brand-new mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. The Beta will feature a selection of the game’s Multiplayer maps set in distinct global locations during the Cold War. Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific levelling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spytech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks, can be unlocked by earning XP. New content will roll out across both beta weekends, so make sure to stay tuned in.

The Black Ops Cold War Open Beta will be free on PS4, with players who pre-ordered gaining early access.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta – everything you need to know

Read on for details on pre-loading, downloading, schedule, and what’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta:

Open Beta Dates and Times: Time to Play

There are two weekends of the Black Ops Cold War Beta. Each “weekend” is scheduled to begin on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. PDT and ending on Monday morning at 10 a.m PDT.

Weekend One (October 8 – October 12): PlayStation 4 Exclusive

The first Beta weekend is exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, October 8 to Monday, October 12.

Early Access (October 8 – October 10):  Available only to players who pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War digitally on PS4. Players who pre-ordered will be able to preload the Beta starting on October 6 at 8 a.m. PDT.

Open Beta (October 10 – October 12): The rest of the Beta period is free to all PS4 owners*. If you have a PS4 and an internet connection, ready up for Black Ops combat and join in during the Open Beta. After Weekend One concludes, the Beta will remain available on the PlayStation Store so players can download in advance of weekend two.

Weekend Two (October 15 – October 19): PS4 Open Beta

The second Beta weekend is open to all players on PS4, and it’s scheduled to run from Thursday, October 15 to Monday, October 19.

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What’s Inside the Beta

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will feature a mix of maps, modes, and playlists. Similar to past Betas, the Black Ops Cold War Beta will also include a progression system where players can earn XP in order to unlock new content for their Loadouts including weapons, equipment, Create-a-Class slots, and Scorestreaks (note: progression will not carry over to the final game at launch).

Earn an SMG Weapon Blueprint for Reaching Level 10

All players who reach Level 10 within the Beta will receive an exclusive SMG weapon blueprint at the launch of Black Ops Cold War.

A weapon blueprint is a variant of a weapon family within the game, complete with its own unique name and cosmetic differences. Weapon blueprints may also come pre-equipped with attachments, allowing you to use them on that specific weapon without needing to level it up to unlock those attachments organically. These attachments can be swapped out in favor of other attachments earned by levelling up the weapon normally.

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Access the Beta

As mentioned through the schedule, digital pre-order customers will be entitled to early access (Thursday and Friday) through their account on which they purchased the game. All other players can still access the open portion of the Beta (Saturday through Monday) for free.

Download the Beta from PlayStation Store and follow the prompts to download.

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Pre-Order Now on Digital to get Early Access

Pre-order players can secure early access to the Open Beta* and receive instant rewards like the Woods Operator Pack** for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Pre-order now at

*PS4 owners in Germany will need a PS Plus subscription due to the game’s age rating. Actual platform availability and launch date(s) of MP Beta subject to change. See for more details. Minimum Open Beta duration is 2 days. Limited time only, while Early Access Beta Codes last, at participating retailers. Internet connection required. Online multiplayer subscription may be required.
**Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Call of Duty: Warzone on pre-order platform required to redeem Woods Operator and Blueprint. Sold/downloaded separately. Must be redeemed by Nov. 13, 2021.

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