Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Blackout Beta Dates Announced

Treyarch today revealed when players will be able to get their hands on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Blackout betas.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is three months away from release, which means its almost time for the beta. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta will give players a chance to go hands-on with the game, and help Treyarch test the game’s balance and servers. In addition to the traditional multiplayer beta, Treyarch also confirmed they’ll be hosting a seperate beta in September for the new battle royale mode, Blackout.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us at Treyarch because – not only are we putting more content into players’ hands earlier than ever before – we get to break new ground by hosting two separate Beta experiences,” said Co-Studio Head Dan Bunting. “Games are better when they’re a result of a dialogue with our community. Not only does it improve the game’s quality, but it allows us to respond to player feedback and custom-craft the experience to how players engage most with the game. We want launch day to be a celebration that players around the world can enjoy together, and we know it won’t stop there – we will always work tirelessly to improve, grow, and evolve the game beyond launch.”

First up is the traditional multiplayer beta. Due to the timed exclusivity agreement between Sony and Activision, PS4 owners get two weekends of Black Ops 4 action, and Xbox One and PC players get one. Remember, the PC version is exclusive to battle.net. Here are the dates:

So, let’s get to it – on the Multiplayer front, here’s what you need to know:

  • PlayStation 4 (Starts: August 3 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 6 at 10am/PT)
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)
  • PC Beta Early Access (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT)
  • PC Open Beta (Starts: August 11 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)

In the beta, players will battle across six different maps, including two that have yet to be announced. There will also be new and returning Specialists to try out. Fan favorite modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, and Search & Destroy will be in the beta alongside a brand new mode, Control. Anyone who participates in the beta will receive a calling card, and those that reach max rank get a Permanent Unlock Token for the full game.

Finally, there’s the Blackout beta. While Treyarch did not reveal when that beta will start, they did confirm it will take place in September.

“Everyone who works on Blackout or plays is always eager to share a story they have,” said Studio Design Director, David Vonderhaar. “That game session might be a triumphant victory or a tragic loss — it might be how land, sea, and air vehicles collided in unexpected ways for a final showdown — or, it just might be a funny fail moment. No matter what, when people get done playing and want to tell the story of what happened to them afterwards, you know you have something special.”

“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,” added Treyarch Senior Producer, Yale Miller.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out October 12 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.