Treyarch announced an extension of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta Sunday. The beta was originally supposed to end on August 30, but has been given an extra day on the Xbox One and PC plus a level cap boost.
Black Ops 3 players will be able to run and gun to just late into the night on Monday, depending on their time zone. The beta will officially conclude on Monday, August 31, at 10 p.m. PST. That means those the east coast will until 1 a.m. EST on Tuesday, September 1.
That’s not the only change, as Treyarch also boosted the level cap to 49 today. The extra day should give Black Ops 3 beta players a chance to hit the new cap and check out all of the new unlocks.
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The PlayStation 4 beta that launched a week earlier also went through a similar cycle when it launched the week prior to the other two platforms. Treyarch opened the beta to everyone just before the weekend and then extended the beta an extra day and bumped the level cap.
Ultimately, the hype worked. Activision announced the PS4 beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the largest ever for the console. It saw the “most downloads, gameplay sessions, and hours of gameplay to-date,” according to the publisher and PlayStation.
“This is about making sure we deliver to our fans the best possible game at launch,” said Rob Kostich, senior vice president and general manager of Call of Duty®, Activision Publishing. “Becoming the biggest beta on PS4 speaks to the excitement felt by gamers and the quality of work by Treyarch. And remember, this beta is just a fraction of the overall multiplayer experience and a portion of what’s coming on November 6 when the full game – spanning campaign, multiplayer and Zombies hits worldwide.”
“Our goal is to deliver the best Day One experience possible and this beta – along with the input from our passionate community of fans – has helped position us to do just that,” said Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch.
If you haven’t jumped in yet, the Black Ops 3 beta weighs in at 15 GB and features three maps along with seven different multiplayer game types.
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.
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