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The Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer Beta is just weeks away, and developer Treyarch has already promised that it'll be a major improvement on last month's Alpha.
While your immediate reaction to this news is likely "obviously that's how alpha and beta tests work you moron", the jump in quality Treyarch is talking about sounds a little more substantial than we might have expected. Lead game designer Tony Flame took to Twitter to say that the beta will represent "quite an upgrade".
"I don't think anyone quite realizes what this team can do in a short amount of time," Flame said. "From new features to the core feel, nearly everything has taken leaps forward."
The Black Ops Cold War Beta is quite an upgrade over the Alpha. I don't think anyone quite realizes what this team can do in a short amount of time. From new features to the core feel, nearly everything has taken leaps forward.
My favorite part tho: the new lobby music kicks it
- Tony Flame (@Tony_Flame) October 2, 2020
It's unclear exactly how many changes will have been implemented, but the Alpha was not without its criticisms. In particular players raised concerns over the strength of sniper rifles in the game and its approach to skill-based matchmaking. We know that snipers are set to be nerfed, but we've heard nothing on SBMM just yet.
Flame also let fans know that the Black Ops Cold War Beta will be a separate download to the Alpha, so you can delete it from your PlayStation 4 if you haven't already.
The very first Beta Weekend is exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners. It'll run from Thursday, October 8th to Monday, October 12th. Early Access runs between the 8th and 9th, and is only available for players who have pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Between the 10th and 12th, the PlayStation 4 beta is open to all PS4 owners regardless of if you pre-ordered or not.
The second Beta Weekend is for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners. This bunch of tests will also support the previously announced cross-platform play, so you can dive in with friends on other consoles. It starts Thursday, October 15th, and lasts through to Monday, October 19th.
PlayStation 4 owners can play through the entire second Beta Weekend regardless of whether or not they pre-ordered. If you're playing on Xbox One or PC, however, you will need to have pre-ordered to play the beta between the 15th and 16th. The second open beta commences on the 17th, and that's when every player on every platform can get involved, no pre-order needed. I'm aware that's a lot of information to take in, so feel free to make a note.
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