Treyarch and Activision finally unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops III on Sunday with an action-filled trailer for the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC shooter. The video also confirmed leaked information that a beta will happen for the game, a rarity for the series. Additional details on when the beta will occur and how long it will last soon came out afterward.
The trailer confirmed that the beta will be available to those that pre-order Black Ops III for at least the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, it didn’t provide any dates and came with the caveat that “Actual platform availability and launch date(s) to be determined.”
For now, Black Ops III is only for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. There have been rumors that Activision is dropping the last-gen PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles completely for this release and competing rumors that another developer or developers will be brought into port the game. Either way, pre-orders for the game are currently only available for the new consoles and PC.
Drift0r was one of many YouTube channels that were invited to visit Treyarch and be given a preview of Call of Duty: Black Ops III and talk with the developers. He claims he was told that the beta will take place after this year’s Gamescom convention, which runs from August 6 through August 9. The team is shooting for the beta to take place one to two months prior to the game’s November 6 release. So, a September to early October time frame is likely.
The Black Ops III beta will run one to two weeks long. An exact length hasn’t been nailed down yet, but it sounds like it will be at least one week.
Only the Black Ops III multiplayer will be part of this beta. The campaign and zombies mode will not be included. Drift0r says that the beta will only include three to four maps and a limited set of guns and perks. It will be enough to give everyone a taste of the game and provide enough for Treyarch to track for bugs and balancing, but will not be everything.
The goal is to take the feedback and lessons learned from the beta and add that to Black Ops III before it is sent to final certification and “goes gold.” If that is the case, a mid to late September time frame seems the most likely for the beta to ensure the changes make it in.
This is good news for Call of Duty fans as public betas have been extremely rare for the series, only World of War has had one. Yes, it provides an incentive to pre-order from Activision’s perspective, but it gives fans to check out Black Ops III and determine if they want to make that final purchase.
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