Activision has begun rolling out the details for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to the download size, the availability of the multiplayer beta, along with what maps and modes it includes, has all been revealed.
A Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta code can be obtained by pre-ordering the game from participating retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. Remember, you can cancel the pre-order if you find you don’t like it enough to purchase.
As previously covered for the Inquisitr, PlayStation 4 owners will receive the Black Ops 3 beta first on Wednesday, August 19 through Sunday, August 23. This will be followed by the Xbox One and PC betas from Wednesday, August 26 through Sunday, August 30.
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Beta codes will be provided by the retailer from which players ordered Black Ops 3. These can be redeemed at CallofDuty.com/BlackOps3Beta. A beta token will then be emailed to PS4 owners starting August 19 at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT and the same time on August 26 for Xbox One and PC owners, according to a new FAQ. The token is what grants the download and effectively allows for a pre-download for those among the first to get the email.
The Black Ops 3 beta will take approximately 15GB of hard drive space. PS4 and Xbox One owners that are running out of room should plan accordingly.
Three maps will be featured in the Black Ops 3 beta, per an Activision Community update yesterday.
Hunted: This big game hunting lodge is situated beneath a waterfall in the lush mountains of Ethiopia, where rugged terrain opens up to long sightlines and a stealthy underwater pathway.
Combine: Set in the remote Egyptian Sahara, this vertical farming and sustainability research facility plays fast and frenetic with tight interiors, an open middle and a dangerous flank path.
Evac: An abandoned emergency evacuation zone atop an overgrown rooftop in the middle of Singapore’s flooded quarantine zone.
Meanwhile, the game modes in beta will feature modes that Call of Duty fans should be familiar with.
- Team Deathmatch
- Kill Confirmed
- Capture the Flag
- Search and Destroy
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta players should not expect any of their progression to carry over to the full release in November. However, they will get the chance to unlock and try out all the new weapons plus the Weapon Paint Shop and the new Specialist classes that were added. These are elite soldiers with their own look, voice, level progressions, weapons, and abilities.
For example, Battery has her own back-story that resolved into her being a high explosives expert with a grenade launcher that fires bouncing grenades and a “Kinetic Armor” ability that deflects bullets away from the body. Meanwhile, Spectre is the stealth specialist that can use the “Ripper” weapon with its twin blades and the ability to use active camouflage.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set for a November 6 release. What are you looking forward to trying out in the beta?
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