Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta only went live on August 19 for PlayStation 4, as revealed by the Inquisitr, but Treyarch have already announced new additions to the beta mode, including a level cap increase, a new map, and a new mode.
As reported by VG24/7, Treyarch announced that the beta will introduce the following content to players on August 21 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT.
- New mode – Uplink – A mode familiar to Advanced Warfare players (taking total number of modes to eight).
- New map – Stronghold (taking total number of maps to four).
- New level cap – Increased from 28 to 34. Reaching this level allows you to unlock new items like the Reaper Specialist, VMP SMG, Power Core scorestreak, and the H.A.T.R. scorestreak.
According to Gamespot, Treyarch senior design director David Vonderhaarhas commented that less than 10 percent of Black Ops III multiplayer beta players have reached the current level cap. The content additions are no surprise since Treyarch hinted at such content before the launch even took place. Users should make the most of their playtime though — their progress will not transfer to the full game on its release.
The Black Ops III multiplayer beta for PS4 runs through until August 23, with Xbox One and PC users receiving access for five days between August 26-30. The first Call of Duty beta held in many years will not feature on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
As of early 2015, the Call of Duty series — including Black Ops, Ghost, Advanced Warfare, and Modern Warfare — sold over 175 million copies and has topped $10 billion in revenue. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the third installment in the Black Ops series, which is developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and has a successful act to follow.
Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5.6 million units within 24 hours of release, eclipsing the record set by its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2, by 2.3 million copies. Black Ops was the best-selling game of all time in the UK and the USA until Grand Theft Auto V overtook it in 2013. Activision reported $1 billion in sales within six weeks.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II grossed over $500 million in 24 hours, making it the largest entertainment launch of all time until September 2013, when Grand Theft Auto V grossed $800 million in its first day of release. Black Ops II game sales reached $800 million in its first five days. After one year of release, the game sold 24.2 million copies.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III reports for duty on November 6.
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