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How to get involved in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta now

Today, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War started the first weekend of Open Beta, Activision posted a blog post on August 26, 2020 detailing the available Black Ops Cold War editions available for purchase. How to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War? What you get with the Pre-Order? All those questions were answered. On October 06, 2020, Activision detailed more on the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta.

Before we talk about how to get the Open Beta Early Acess, let’s talk about what editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War are available to Pre-Order…

The next generation of global combat begins when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War arrives starting November 13th

The next experience in the iconic Black Ops series is available for pre-order now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and pre-purchase for PC on with the next generation experience to come when available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X with more platform release info available on 

Here’s declassified intel on all editions of this breathtaking sequel to the original Black Ops. Plus, learn about the instant rewards available with digital pre-order.  

Digital Console (PlayStation and Xbox) Editions

There are three distinct editions each offering loads of value and incredible content: Standard (MSRP $59.99 USD)Cross-Gen Bundle (MSRP $69.99 USD) and Ultimate (MSRP $89.99 USD).

All digital editions include the Confrontation Weapons Pack, available for use in Black Ops Cold War. Plus, players can pre-order digitally for even more rewards (See Digital Pre-Order Rewards and Open Beta Early Access below).

Digital Standard Editions 

Jump into the action right away on PS4 or Xbox One. With Black Ops Cold War’s cross generation, cross play and cross progression support, you can play with your friends regardless of platform. When you’re ready to move to the next generation on PS5 or Xbox Series X, you can take your profile and stats with you. Experience the next generation of global combat when you upgrade. Visit the official FAQ for the Next Generation Upgrade for more details. 

Digital Cross-Gen Editions 

The Cross-Gen digital editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War deliver even more for players, including a dual entitlement for Black Ops Cold War which allows you to play on current (PS4, Xbox One) and next-generation consoles within the same console family (PS5, Xbox Series X).

Ultimate Editions

The Ultimate edition includes a dual entitlement for Black Ops Cold War, the Land, Sea, and Air pack (more info below), and a Battle Pass Bundle for any post-launch Season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which includes 20 Tier Skips.

Purchase the Ultimate edition in the Modern Warfare and Warzone Store to receive 10 instantly activated Tier Skips for the current Battle Bass system in Modern Warfare (and Warzone). 

For more information on these digital editions, visit the official FAQ for the Next Generation Upgrade. 

Digital Standard and Ultimate Editions (PC only)

PC players can purchase the digital Standard (MSRP $59.99 USD) or Ultimate (MSRP $89.99 USD) editions via 

All digital PC editions (Standard and Ultimate) include the Confrontation Weapons pack for use in Black Ops Cold War. Plus, pre-purchase for additional rewards and open beta early access.  

The Standard edition includes a copy of game. 

The Ultimate edition includes a copy of the game, the Land, Sea, and Air pack, and the Battle Pass Bundle for any post-launch Season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which includes 20 Tier Skips. 

Prepare for Battle on Land, Sea, and Air Through Ultimate Edition Digital Pre-Orders 

Those who digitally pre-order the Call of Duty® Black Ops: Cold War Ultimate Edition (all current and next-generation consoles or PC) will receive the Land, Sea, and Air Pack.

Activision briefly spoke about what the Land, Sea, and Air Packs entail…

Themed around the three classical dimensions of warfare ideal for executing deniable operations in the field, this nine-item bundle will grant three vehicle skins, three Operator skins, and three weapon blueprints, available immediately within Black Ops Cold War at launch. In addition, all Digital Pre-Order Rewards and Open Beta Early Access (see below) are a part of the Ultimate edition.

Here’s what you get:

Land Themed Pack

Whether you call it the “motherland” or the “homeland,” these three items will help clean house of any hostile forces.

·      Operator Skin –Ground infantry with bandolier and mesh face camouflage.

·      Weapon Blueprint – “Sucker Punch” Shotgun – A sawed off-stock and shorter barrel more than mitigates the weight of shells taped to the side, with the weapon’s simple appearance allowing it to blend into most non-tundra engagement environments.

·      Vehicle Skin “Red Bear” – The colorful blue hue seems a little worn, but the bright red star on the side will made this a standout tank among a platoon.

Sea Themed Pack

Suit up for operations at sea to maneuver behind enemy lines.

·      Operator Skin –Special operations wetsuit.

·      Weapon Blueprint “Black Tide” Assault Rifle – Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO cartridges, the Black Tide’s a gold standard for any Operator, a fitting label for a blueprint that features subtle, yet intricate, gold accents.

·      Vehicle Skin “Leviathan” Skin– A striking zebra-like pattern is only broken up by necessary accessories, including its classy seafaring trim and decals.

Air Themed Pack

Be a maverick and prepare for take-off with this pack – its contents allow any Operator with ace flying skills to also look the part.

· Operator Skin – Airborne division operator flightsuit.

· Weapon Blueprint “Wingman” Pistol – Like any good co-pilot or emergency parachute, this reliable sidearm can be phenomenal in a pinch, and comes with a design that includes a signature fin flash insignia and checkered muzzle.

· Vehicle Skin “Death Dealer” Skin – This hulking beast of a chopper forgoes the more extreme checkered pattern seen on a Blueprint and Operator Skin for yellow markings on a blue-painted base, with a devilish bomb-dropping caricature plastered on for a dark comedic effect.

In addition, Ultimate edition pre-order players will receive the Battle Pass Bundle (Battle Pass + 20 immediately activated Tier Skips) for use in any Black Ops Cold War post-launch Season.

Activision talked about Pre-Order rewards, and how to get Open Beta Early Access

Digital Pre-Order Rewards and Open Beta Early Access

Experience Black Ops signature combat and gain early access to the pre-launch Open Beta when you digitally pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

In addition, digital pre-order players will receive the Woods Operator pack, available for immediate use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® and Warzone.

The Woods Operator Pack includes the iconic Black Ops SOG operative, Sgt. Frank Woods, as a playable Operator, an assault rifle weapon blueprint, quip, and Finishing Move.

Disc-based, Physical Editions (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5; Xbox One, Xbox Series X)

There are also disc-based physical editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War available on consoles: 

The Standard Edition for PS4 and Xbox One (MSRP $59.99 USD). Visit our official FAQ on the Next-Gen Upgrade for more details on upgrading the Standard edition to the next generation console.

The Standard Edition for PS5 and Xbox Series X (MSRP $69.99 USD). Note that the Xbox Series X Standard edition includes an Xbox One copy of the game.  

There are no physical editions of the game on PC.

For more information on physical editions and available upgrades, visit 

Activision also released a trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta to get players hyped up….

Activision laid out the dates, and times when the beta is live, and other details of the Beta…

Open Beta Dates and Times: Time to Play

There are two weekends of the Black Ops Cold War Beta. Each “weekend” is scheduled to last a total of four days, with both play periods scheduled to begin on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. PDT and ending on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Follow @CallofDuty and @Treyarch for ‘live now’ announcements and any updates to the schedule.  

Weekend One (October 8 – October 12): PlayStation 4 Exclusive

The first Beta weekend is exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, October 8 to Monday, October 12.

Early Access: Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 are available to players who pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War digitally on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

Open Beta: The rest of the Beta period – Saturday, October 10, to Monday, October 12 – is free to all PlayStation 4 owners*. If you have a PS4 and an internet connection, ready up for Black Ops combat and join in during the Open Beta.

Weekend Two: All Platforms (Crossplay)

The second Beta weekend is available on all three platforms, and it’s scheduled to run from Thursday, October 15 to Monday, October 19. As a complete connected experience, crossplay will be active allowing you to party up with friends and the greater community, no matter what they play on.

PlayStation 4: Regardless of whether you digitally pre-ordered the game or not, Weekend 2 is a free Open Beta for all PlayStation 4 owners.

Xbox and PC Early Access: Those who pre-ordered the game digitally for Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, or pre-purchased for PC via Blizzard can begin playing the Beta on Thursday, October 15 and on Friday, October 16. Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox players, and PC players are required to have a account.

Xbox and PC Open Beta: The rest of the weekend, from Saturday, October 17 to Monday, October 19, is accessible to Xbox and PC players regardless of pre-order status. Now, everyone in the Call of Duty community can hop on and play together.

Activision turned the focus to what would be in the beta, and what you’ll receive at launch for playing the beta…

What’s Inside the Beta

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will feature a mix of maps, modes, and playlists. Similar to past Betas, the Black Ops Cold War Beta will also include a progression system where players can earn XP in order to unlock new content for their loadouts including weapons, equipment, Create-a-Class slots, and Scorestreaks.

Expect frequent updates and a few surprises to take place within the Beta across both weekends and stay tuned to official Call of Duty and Treyarch channels for specific details.

Visit the Cold War landing site to get detailed information on the game, Beta, and specific Beta Multiplayer intel like game modes and Loadouts.

Earn an SMG Weapon Blueprint for Reaching Level 10

All players who reach Level 10 within the Beta will receive an SMG Weapon Blueprint at the launch of Black Ops Cold War.

A Weapon Blueprint is a variant of a weapon family within the game, complete with its own unique name and cosmetic differences. Weapon Blueprints may also come pre-equipped with attachments, allowing you to use them on that specific weapon without needing to level it up to unlock those attachments organically. These attachments can be swapped out in favor of other attachments earned by levelling up the weapon normally.

Access the Beta

As mentioned through the schedule, digital pre-order customers will be entitled to early access (Thursday and Friday) through their account on which they purchased the game. All other players can still access the open portion of the Beta (Saturday through Monday) for free.

Download the Beta from your platforms respective first-party store and follow the prompts to download. On PC (Week Two), the Black Ops Cold War Beta can be found under “Partner Games”.

Pre-load Information

Prior to the beginning of each weekend, all players will be able to pre-load the Beta.

PlayStation 4 (Week 1 and 2): Pre-load the Beta starting on October 6 at 8 a.m. PDT.

Note: If you are on PlayStation 4 and pre-load or download the Beta during its first weekend, you do not need to redownload it for the second weekend. Also, players can delete the Alpha, as the Beta is a completely different file and requires a new download.

Xbox and PC (Week 2): Pre-load the Beta starting on October 13 at 8 a.m. PDT.

Go get the beta, and start playing!

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC via Blizzard’s service on November 13, 2020.