Activision and Treyarch have revealed the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer beta schedule, which will in fact see two different test sessions held: A "multiplayer beta" in August, and then a Blackout battle royale beta in September. Formally announced last month, Blackout is, obviously, not the most original idea; but, Activision and Treyarch are taking steps to ensure it has its own unique Call of Duty flair. The PC open beta starts the next day, August 11, at 10:00 PT, and runs through August 13th, 10:00 PT. For Xbox One and PC players, the private beta will kick off the following weekend. "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". PC players who pre-order can start playing the "early access" beta August 10th, starting at 10:00 PT.
As a private beta, it will only be accessible by those who have pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with download codes being sent out for both digital and physical pre-orders.
For the Private Multiplayer Beta, players will begin fighting through six maps - two of which will make their first public appearance.
In Control, teams alternate rounds between attacking and defending two static objectives.
Let's be honest though, most players are probably more interested in the Blackout beta. The standard multiplayer will arrive first on PS4 in August, with the other formats to follow a week later. And every player that achieves max rank in the beta will earn a Permanent Unlock Token to apply to any piece of Create-a-Class content when the game launches. It will be held first on PS4, with more details to come close to the end of summer.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC Oct.12.