After Comcast revealed the release window for its private betas, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has confirmed specific dates for not one but two private multiplayer betas, but you will need to pre-order the game to play.
The first private multiplayer beta will kick off on August 3rd at 10 a.m. PT for PlayStation 4 players who preordered the game. That beta will end on August 6th at 10 a.m. PT.
The next private multiplayer beta will run from August 10th at 10 a.m. PT to August 13th at 10 a.m. PT. This beta is available to anyone who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.
Developer Treyarch will host a third private multiplayer beta that will focus specifically on Black Ops 4‘s new battle royale mode, Blackout, in September, though it hasn’t revealed any details about that test yet.
As far as what you can expect from the betas, the content itself sounds pretty expansive, as far as betas go. Players will have access to all then specialists, four maps (plus two additional maps for PlayStation 4 players), and five game modes, including the newest game mode, Control, which is an attack-defense game mode based on capturing two static objectives. Additionally, Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Domination, and Search & Destroy will be playable during the private betas. Maps will include Frequency, Contraband, Seaside, and Payload, plus Hacienda and Gridlock for PlayStation 4 players.
Black Ops 4 is already one of the most controversial games in Call of Duty history. First, it was revealed that Treyarch isn’t giving players a traditional single-player campaign, instead opting for smaller set pieces centered on each of the game’s 10 Specialists and focusing more development time on the game’s multiplayer. More recently, developer Treyarch poked the hornets’ nest by revealing that all DLC will be locked behind the game’s $40 season pass, preventing players from purchasing each DLC individually.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.