When Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
was announced back in May, Treyarch revealed they'd be holding a private beta for the game, although details weren't forthcoming. Now they've revealed that there won't be just one beta, there will be two. The first beta will focus on the general multiplayer experience, while the second will focus entirely on the franchise's new battle royale mode, Blackout.
Six maps will be available in the multiplayer beta, and the team has promised that two of the maps won't have been seen before the beta begins. Players can assume the roles of returning Specialists Nomad and Prophet, as well as several new Specialists. In terms of game modes, there will be Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and a new objective-based game mode called Control. This sees teams alternate between attacking and defending two static objectives with a limited number of respawns. The first team to win three rounds is crowned the overall winner.
The Pick 10 Gearing Up system returns with changes from its previous iterations and will be available in the beta too. To account for the new Specialist classes, their Special Issue Equipment will be excluded from the Pick 10 tally, so players will still have ten points to use elsewhere. Each loadout gets one piece of Gear; for example, cheaper scorestreaks can be triggered with the COMSEC device, a Stim Shot can heal players faster, and the Acoustic Sensor gives enhanced situational awareness. Finally, weapons each have unique attachments.
Players that participate in the multiplayer beta will get a "unique, one-of-a-kind" calling card that they can display in the full game when it's released. Those who reach the maximum rank will also receive a Permanent Unlock Token that can be used on any Create-a-Class content. The beta begins for Xbox One at 10am PT on August 10th and ends at 10am PT on August 13th.
Following in September is the Blackout beta. Details on this beta will be revealed in the future, but Treyarch Senior Producer Yale Miller had this to say:
The team has been having a ridiculous amount of fun playing it internally. We are so excited to be able to share that fun with you in September. The community feedback generated from going hands-on is always incredibly important, and it’s never been more so than with Blackout.
Will you be joining in the beta? If not and you'd rather wait for the full game to be released, you'll not have much longer to twiddle your thumbs as it is released on October 12th, a month earlier than its usual window.
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