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How to access Black Ops Cold War beta: dates, preorders, more

by Brad Norton


Treyarch’s next entry in the Call of Duty Franchise is fast approaching but before we get to the November 13 release date, you’ll be able to play early. Here’s everything to know about the Black Ops Cold War beta.

The full multiplayer reveal for Black Ops Cold War may now be behind us, but we've still plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. The Treyarch title is set to feature the most customizable campaign experience yet and serve as a direct sequel to 2010’s Black Ops 1.


Moreover, the game will be running on a different engine to 2019’s Modern Warfare. Paving the way for 4k resolution and higher frame rates on next-gen hardware. While the release might still be a few months off, anxious fans will have a chance to play early thanks to a public beta period.

From how you can gain access to when you can drop into the action, here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about the Black Ops Cold War beta.


How to access the Black Ops Cold War beta

Call of Duty Blck Ops Cold War gameplay
Black Ops Cold War is confirmed to be a direct sequel to Black Ops 1.

Getting access to the BOCW beta is pretty simple: those who preorder the game will be able to jump in regardless of which version they purchased or which platform they choose to play on. This comes with a few caveats, however.

Only digital preorders will be able to access the early beta period; physical preorders will not be granted codes for bonus content. On top of that, PlayStation 4 users will be able to play before anyone else as the beta is set to go live nearly a week before the other platforms.

All that said, however, Activision also gave 10,000 beta codes during the Call of Duty League Championship grand final, so if you were one of the lucky viewers to receive access, then you'll be able to play without having to preorder the game.


When is the Black Ops Cold War beta?

As had been previously leaked from the CoD: WW2 in-game store, the BOCW beta will first start on October 8 and extend all the way through October 19, albeit with some breaks in between.

The dates for the Black Ops Cold War beta.

As mentioned above, those on PS4 who pre-order any of the digital versions will get first dibs before the beta opens up to all PlayStation users. The following week, Xbox and PC players will join their PlayStation counterparts for another closed session, after which the beta will be open for all platforms.

Black Ops Cold War beta dates:

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

What to expect from the Black Ops Cold War beta

Like with most beta tests in the past, there are a few things fans can expect for the BOCW early play-period. There is sure to be a handful of modes and maps on offer, as players dive into the game. Based on the official multiplayer trailer, there’s a good chance some of these initial modes will feature vehicle combat as well.


For a full breakdown of the maps, modes, weapons, and everything else confirmed for the 2020 game, most of which will likely feature in the beta, make sure to check out our Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal page.

BOCW is set to release on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions coming as soon as the next-gen consoles become available.