Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta Arrives In August For PC, PS4 And Xbox One

After a string of disappointing game launches (some of which were possibly made worse by inadequate testing), it’s good to see Activision and developer Treyarch running a large-scale beta ahead of its Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release. Scott Lowe of Activision announced this week that that the companies will run a worldwide multiplayer beta starting next month, giving it plenty of time to work out any kinks before the official November 6 release date.

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“During the beta, fans will have an opportunity to try the new momentum-based, chained movement system, find the perfect Specialist to fit their play style, get a feel for the new multiplayer maps and more,” Lowe wrote in a blog post.

So what are we supposed to do until the beta comes out next month? Obsess over the heart-pounding action in the trailer, of course. You’ll want to sign up for the beta, too, assuming that you’re going to buy the game – beta access will be available just for those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. You should be able to get your access code by pre-ordering on PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Store, or Steam, among other retailers. 

The beta will be available for multiple game platforms, but Activision is staggering the launch dates. PlayStation 4 owners will get first crack at the game on August 19th and August 26th will mark the start of beta action for PC gamers and Xbox One owners. The PS4 beta will run until August 23rd, while the Xbox One/PC beta will run until August 30th.

After that, you’re looking at a dry spell before the November 6 launch, unless Treyarch and Activision have any other goodies up their sleeves. Given what we’ve seen so far (including the insane zombies module), November 6th can’t come fast enough.