'Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3': Treyarch Celebrates Rollout Of Groups Beta Feature With Double XP And Double Weapons XP Today, All The Need-To-Know Facts About The New Group Feature

Hey, you. Wanna get extra experience in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3? Treyarch is granting your wish. To celebrate the premiere of the Groups beta feature, the Call of Duty creators are rolling out some new bonuses for players. Starting today, players will get double experience on their profiles during the game, as well as double the normal weapons experience. Plus, there's also the awesome fact that the new feature will begin being available in its Beta phase starting today.

The ability to customize and "level up" weapons has always been central to the Call of Duty games, so it's safe to say the double weapons XP is a big deal. This feature is perfect for the Black Ops series as well, since players will get to carry out more contracts more easily with better weapons and attachments being unlocked faster. The Black Ops bonuses are for a limited time, though, as VG247 noted; players will have to play in groups of two or more today through this Friday at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern.
The new groups feature announced today will let players play in and organize parties for different missions. As DesignTrends mentioned, Black Ops 3 also let players migrate clans over from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare before the beta came out. Presumably, the rules surrounding clans will be the same in Black Ops as they were in Advanced Warfare. The Call of Duty series has had co-op multiplayer games online before, but clans will bring a new depth to the game along with the double experience bonuses.Players can also get the experience bonuses when playing in Zombies mode. This mode pits Black Ops 3 players against an endless wave of zombies who progressively become tougher and tougher to defeat. The zombie waves keep coming until the player is defeated, challenging Black Ops players to the ultimate game of survival.

Gottabemobile found out that Black Ops groups are open-ended and allow players to essentially make them into whatever they want them to be. They can be used, for instance, to organize parties for missions or just as a community of like-minded individuals. In addition to the requirement of having two or more members, groups also have to play certain modes such as Zombies or Multi-Player to qualify for the experience bonuses.

If you want to get in on the action, you can search for groups by name or create one of your own. Unfortunately, the ability to import clans from Advanced Warfare isn't available anymore, as it needed to be done by May 9. Group and clan chat systems have also appeared in other games such as Runescape and Halo, though some are more complicated than the ones presented in Black Ops 3. There's no word on whether there are different ranks within the group system.Should you decide you're ready for the new feature Activision calls "...the evolution of clans," you can head to the Call of Duty website to peruse existing groups. If group creation is more your style, you're unfortunately left in the dust for now since the only way to create one was to migrate a Clan over from Advanced Warfare.

As for the return of a Clan Wars-esque feature, Activision was fairly mum on the subject, only saying that groups do not include all features of Clans (so presumably it's a no). What's been your experience with Call of Duty clans and groups so far? Do you have an overall positive feeling, or not so much? Let us know below.

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