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Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal date & open beta announced

Published: 26/Aug/2020 21:17

by Theo Salaun


Following the reveal event that took place in Warzone, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first official gameplay trailer has been revealed alongside release dates for its multiplayer reveal and details about the open beta.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War anticipation is stronger than its ever been as the game nears its multiplayer reveal, open beta, and eventual worldwide release on November 13.

On August 26, Activision finally unveiled the first worldwide reveal trailer for BOCW via an in-game event in Warzone, and now, players can’t wait until they get a more hands-on experience.

As part of the reveal, the publishers also announced a lot of details about the game, including information concerning the multiplayer reveal and open beta, all of which can be found below.

When is the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal?

According to Activision, there will be a full reveal for the multiplayer side of Black Ops Cold War on Friday, September 9. It’ll come via a presentation on Call of Duty’s Twitch channel.

While it’ll undoubtedly be a painful wait for fans until that date arrives, Treyarch did put in a slight teaser for the MP at the very end of the first trailer, and it includes shots of a desert-style map with helicopters and rovers all over the place.

Black Ops Cold War open beta

As has been the case for most recent CoD games, Black Ops Cold War will have an open beta for players to try it out before the full release on November 13.

Unfortunately for those one PC and Xbox One, the PlayStation community will be the first to get their feet wet, as the Treyarch title’s open beta will release on PS4 “up to five days in advance” before any other platform, as part of Sony’s deal with Activision.

At the moment, the actual release dates for the open beta have yet to be announced, but you can get early access to it by pre-ordering any of the three digital versions of the game. Those who pre-order physical copies will not get early access.

ActivisionPre-ordering any of the digital copies will gain you early access to the Black Ops Cold War open beta.

Of course, if you choose not to pre-order the game, you’ll still be able to try out the open beta but only after the exclusivity periods are over, first on PS4 then on Xbox One and PC. It’s not yet known how long those will be, but such periods can be up to a whole week.

This gives an eager fanbase a general timeline to look forward to. The campaign’s trailer and features have already been released, the multiplayer trailer will premiere on September 9, and the game will finally be released on November 13 — giving around a month’s range for an open beta to be squeezed into. 


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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.