The first public beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ran this past weekend on PS4, and now developer Treyarch has outlined some of the changes in the pipeline for the next beta. The second beta is a much bigger one, as it’s coming to Xbox One and PC as well, and there will be cross-platform multiplayer support.
Weekend 2 players can expect a series of changes, including the team deathmatch score limit rising from 75 to 100 “for better match pacing,” as well as a change to the Duster Stock attachment that will slow down sliding speed.
The cooldown on the Spy Plane scorestreak has been increased to lessen the experience of having too many of them in the sky at the same time from different players.
There have also been some general changes to improve the experience, such as join-in-progress now preventing players from joining a match when it’s too close to ending.
A series of bugs have been fixed as well. Different scopes like the Snappoint, Diamondback, and Hawksmoor could block the player’s view while aiming down sights, but this has been fixed. The update also fixes an issue that could prevent players’ names from being visible in the pre-match lobby. You can see the full patch notes below.
Weekend 2 will also feature new maps, weapons, modes, playlists, Scorestreaks, Perks, Wildcards, and equipment, and Treyach will provide a rundown of these new additions soon.
Weekend 2 kicks off on October 15, which is when all PS4 players can get in, as well as Xbox One and PC players who have preordered the game digitally. On October 17, the beta opens to everyone, regardless of preorder status, and it runs until October 19.
The Weekend 2 beta will end at 10 AM PT on Monday,
With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s open beta starting on October 8 for those who preordered on PlayStation 4, the official Call of Duty Twitter account has confirmed that beta preloading starts Tuesday, October 6.
An official time for when preloading will be available was not disclosed. It’s also unclear if preloading the beta is an option for everyone or only those who preordered on PlayStation 4. In either case, the first beta period runs from October 8-9 for PlayStation 4 preorders. Then, from October 10-12, Black Ops Cold War’s beta opens for all PlayStation 4 users. From October 15-16, PC and Xbox One users who preordered Black Ops Cold War and all PS4 players will gain access to the beta. Meanwhile, the beta will open to everyone on all platforms starting on October 17. October 19 concludes the game’s beta.
Publisher Activision has also shared a trailer for the beta, detailing what will be available when it goes live on October 8. This includes traditional game modes like Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, as well as the new 6v6 objective game type VIP Escort. Check out the trailer below.
One of the perks for preordering Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4 is two days of early access to the game’s open beta. In addition to early beta access, players also receive Operator Frank Woods, an assault rifle weapon blueprint, and the Confrontation Weapons Pack. Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War preorder guide to learn more about what comes with the various available editions.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/Series X. The game will support cross-progression and cross-play between all platforms. It will also feature shared