Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Revealed; Beta Dates Announced

Activision and developer Treyarch have revealed the multiplayer trailer and details for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will once again be using operators just like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare did last year. The mini-map will also be returning in this year’s entry.

The game will have modes such as 12v12 Combined Arms, 6v6 VIP Escort, and a new 40-player objective warfare mode called Fireteam. This mode splits the players into 10-man teams and has them battling on large maps with vehicles like tanks, attack helicopters, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and more.

Create-a-Class will be returning but will have a slot-based loadout system now instead. Scoresteaks return but dying no longer causes you to lose your score. If you get multiple kills in the same life you can build up score multipliers. The game will also let players auto-regen health and have unlimited sprint.

The game will launch this November on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series platforms, Xbox One, and PC and will support full cross-play. You can watch that first gameplay running on PlayStation 5 below.

Declassified Intel: Multiplayer Modes Overview

Expect to see familiar core modes, such as Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, Domination, and Kill Confirmed brought back alongside new ways to play like VIP Escort, Combined Arms, and Fireteam. Black Ops 4’s fan-favorite competitive Control mode makes a return, as well!

VIP Escort

In this new 6v6 objective core game mode, teams either protect or subdue a randomly selected player who becomes a VIP. This Very Important Player only gets a kitted-out pistol, a smoke grenade, a UAV for team intel, and the satisfaction of having up to five other squadmates defend them.

These protectors must escort the VIP to an extraction point as they fend off the attacking team, whose goal is to neutralize the VIP before they escape. A non-VIP who dies during the round is out until the next one, but a downed player at zero health can defend themselves in Last Stand or be revived by a teammate to get back into the fight.

Combined Arms

A 12v12 battle that combines infantry and vehicular gameplay, Combined Arms is a larger-scale mode where the action is tailed to the environment it takes place within.

Depending on the map, vehicles such as Tanks, Snowmobiles, Attack Helicopters or Wakerunners will amplify and advance the action alongside traditional gunfights, allowing for jaw-dropping moments right in the middle of an intense engagement.

At launch, expect to play multiple Combined Arms Maps across a handful of Combined Arms Modes, including Domination, which places multiple flags around a given map for teams to capture and defend.

Fireteam

Fireteam is a new 40-player category of Black Ops Multiplayer with up to 10 teams of four, where the action is centered around not just the operators in the field, but also the environment they battle in. The first available Fireteam game type is called Dirty Bomb, which we’ll have more information on as we get closer to launch!

A Connected Experience

Black Ops Cold War is set to support cross-platform and cross-generation play as well as cross-progression, breaking ground for the Call of Duty franchise as it introduces the next generation of global combat.

This sense of interconnectedness will be felt across all modes of play and for every available platform including PC, where Beenox is the lead developer. Through Battle.net, PC players can expect major improvements made to the Call of Duty PC experience of the past, along with better monitoring widgets, notifications for performance anomalies, additional gameplay settings, and numerous visual features driven by the latest in software innovations.

Early Access and Open Beta Times*:

There are two weekends of Black Ops Cold War Beta content with each “weekend” lasting a total of around five days, scheduled to begin each Thursday morning at 10AM, with exact timing to be decided.

Weekend 1: PlayStation®4 Exclusive Beta

The first Beta Weekend is exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners, running from Thursday, October 8 to Monday, October 12.

Weekend 1: Early Access

Thursday, October 8, and Friday, October 9 are available for early access on PlayStation 4 to players who have pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Check online here for pre-order information.

Weekend 1: Open

Saturday October 10, to Monday, October 12 is free to all PlayStation 4 owners. If you’ve got a PlayStation 4 and an internet connection, you should be ready to engage, though PlayStation®Plus may be a requirement in some territories.

Weekend 2: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC Beta (Crossplay)

The second Beta Weekend is for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners, starting from Thursday, October 15, and running to Monday, October 19.

If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, regardless of whether or not you pre-ordered the game, you can resume and continue to play the Open Beta free for the entire Weekend 2 period.

Weekend 2: Early Access

The first two days of the weekend – Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16, – are available for early access to anyone who has pre-ordered or pre-purchased the game on Xbox One/ Xbox Series X, or on PC via Blizzard Battle.net respectively. If you’re an Xbox One or PC owner and want to play Weekend 2 of the Beta for the longest possible time, be sure to pre-order. This period will be open for PS4 players. Check online here for pre-order information.

Weekend 2: Open

The rest of the Open Beta period, running from Saturday, October 17, to Monday, October 19, is accessible to all players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. If you’ve got an Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold is required to play. If you have a PC, a Battle.net account is required to play. Other than these prerequisites and an internet connection, you should have everything you need to play. And as a reminder, the Weekend 2 of the Beta Test will include crossplay.

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