Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta starts this October reveals leak

Activision themselves have accidentally revealed when the beta for this year’s Call Of Duty starts, but it’s going to be a bit of a wait.

Although Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War did pretty well in terms of not having all its secrets leaked out months in advance the floodgates have now opened and it seems no detail is safe, including when the beta starts.

The leaker in this case is pretty reliable though as it’s Activision themselves, who accidentally referenced the date on the store pages for previous games WW2 and Modern Warfare.

That’s the closest thing you can get to an official announcement, although as ever with Call Of Duty it’s complicated by Activision’s marketing deal that will see the beta take place first on PlayStation 4.

When does the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta start?

The finer details weren’t revealed by the leak, but one possible arrangement is that for the first weekend it’ll only be open to people that have pre-ordered the PlayStation 4 version.

Similar to the way the recent Marvel’s Avengers beta worked, it could then be opened to Xbox One and PC pre-orders, and then finally a proper open beta for everyone.

Activision always likes to make these things as complicated as possible though, so based on last year’s Call Of Duty beta it could be that the weekends will be split in two, with pre-orders having two days starting from 8 October and then an open beta for all PlayStation 4 owners from 10 October.

That way the beta only lasts for two weeks, with the second weekend split into two for Xbox One and PC pre-orders and then everyone from 17 October to 19.

Activision has promised to unveil Cold War’s multiplayer on Sunday, 9 September, so that’s likely to be when the beta will be formally announced and things will become at least a little clearer.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on 13 November for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions are also confirmed and will likely be out on or around the same date.

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