Treyarch has officially announced dates for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 betas. That’s right, betas. This time around, two playable versions of the title will go live prior to launch for fans to test.
The private multiplayer beta goes live on August 3, launching first on PlayStation 4. Soon thereafter, Xbox One and PC betas will roll out. On an unspecified date in September, Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, entitled Blackout, his each platform; again, PS4 player are to dive in first.
A schedule for the private multiplayer beta appears in the graphic below.
The following details the modes available to players in the private multiplayer beta:
The Private Multiplayer Beta will feature fan-favorite game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, and Search & Destroy, alongside our brand-new objective-based game mode, Control, which was designed to bring out the best of Black Ops 4 Multiplayer gameplay.
In Control, teams alternate rounds between attacking and defending two static objectives. Each team has a limited number of lives in this first-to-three wins match-up, so strategic strikes and defensive positioning are key, making for some fast and frenetic gunfights.
While the developer isn’t yet ready to reveal more about what fans should expect from the Blackout beta in September, the fun of the mode does receive a tease. Studio design director, David Vonderhaar says,
Everyone who works on Blackout or plays is always eager to share a story they have. 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.
Yale Miller, a senior producer at Treyarch, adds,
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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 12.