Call of Duty: Black Ops III has shattered records this past week. According to Activision and Sony, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta is the largest beta in PS4 history. Though no exact number was cited, Activision did confirm that millions of gamers downloaded and played the beta last week. The previous record holder was Battlefield Hardline, which garnered 7 million downloads across the PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions.
“This is about making sure we deliver to our fans the best possible game at launch,” said Rob Kostich, senior vice president and general manager of Call of Duty, Activision Publishing. “Becoming the biggest beta on PS4 speaks to the excitement felt by gamers and the quality of work by Treyarch. And remember, this beta is just a fraction of the overall multiplayer experience and a portion of what’s coming on November 6 when the full game – spanning campaign, multiplayer and Zombies hits worldwide.”“We’ve been looking forward to getting the game into the hands of the people that matter most – the fans,” said Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch. “We can’t thank them all enough for participating and providing us with invaluable feedback and data that Treyarch is already hard at work incorporating into the game for launch. Our goal is to deliver the best Day One experience possible and this beta – along with the input from our passionate community of fans – has helped position us to do just that.”
The Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta launched first on PS4 on August 19 thanks to a timed-exclusivity agreement between Activision and Sony. The beta set new marks on PS4 with the most downloads, gameplay sessions, and hours of gameplay to date.
“Played by millions of PlayStation fans around the world, the response to the beta was massive and shows the strength when bringing together the best-selling console franchise with the best-selling game console,” said Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “Signaling an impressive start of a new era for PlayStation and this famed franchise, there was no better way to welcome Call of Duty to its new home on PlayStation 4.”