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Black Ops Cold War Crossplay Open Beta now offline

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Crossplay Open Beta has ended.

Stay tuned to this post as we provide updates as the beta continues for the second and final weekend.

Tuesday, October 20 Update:

The Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War Beta is now offline.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches Friday, November 13 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Sunday, October 18 Update:

The Black Ops Cold War Open Beta continues on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC!

On Sunday, October 18, Treyarch released a new game settings update for the Beta that updated all weapons to have a Max rank for players. This should allow players the chance to experience all attachments across the beta and build out loadouts in the Gunsmith.

In addition, as mentioned earlier, the Black Ops Cold War Beta has been extended! It will now end on Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM PT – a 24 hour extension.

Stay tuned for the latest news as the Beta wraps up.

Saturday, October 17 Update:

Black Ops Cold War Beta is now an Open Beta on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 for all players — no pre-order or codes required!

You can start downloading and playing the Open Beta now by visiting the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Store, or Battle.net and downloading the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Open Beta file. 

The beta file is 30GB on PS4, 20.1GB on Xbox One, and 40GB on PC.

If you’re having trouble finding it, here’s a direct link:

On PlayStation 4, PlayStation Plus is not required; on Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold is required. And for PC players, a valid and active Blizzard Battle.net account is required. 

Alongside the beta becoming Open for everyone, Treyarch has increased the Level Cap to Level 40. More content is now available to unlock and test out, including: 

  • WEAPONS: RPD light machine gun, RPG-7 launcher, Magnum pistol + more
  • PERKS: Quartermaster, Ninja
  • SCORESTREAKS: Air Patrol, Chopper Gunner
  • WILDCARD: Perk Greed
  • EQUIPMENT: Decoy, Semtex
  • FIELD UPGRADE: Jammer

In addition, Treyarch has made a playlist update to add a returning mode: Control! Control first debuted in Black Ops 4, and it’s back in Black Ops Cold War. 

Control joins our selection of 6v6 modes in the Crossplay Open Beta. We’re excited to bring back this Black Ops 4 fan-favorite, where opposing teams fight to capture or defend two objectives on the map or wipe out the other team before running out of lives.

Each team of up to six players has 30 lives distributed among the team, injecting a new layer of strategy for both attacking and defending teams. Jump into Control this weekend on Cartel, Miami, and Moscow

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Open Beta Weekend 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC is live until Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM PT.

Drop in and get your last hands on experience with the game before the November 13 launch! 


Friday, October 16 Update:

The Black Ops Cold War Beta Weekend 2 continues. Open Beta is LIVE on PlayStation 4, and Xbox & PC players can play with a digital pre-order. 

New in the beta on October 16: Treyarch has activated Double XP and Double Weapon XP to help players level up! 

Starting Friday, Oct. 16th, we’re enabling 2XP and 2X Weapon XP for everyone throughout the rest of the Crossplay Open Beta weekend! 

We’ve heard your feedback about wanting to try out more attachments on the weapons available in the Beta, and with even more weapons joining the fray as we increase the level cap on Thursday and Saturday, we’re cutting the time it takes to level up your weapons in half. Enjoy!

This will allow you to get to higher player rank and weapon level in order to unlock and experience more of the content during the Beta. 

Double XP and Double Weapon XP are live until the Beta ends.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta becomes an Open Beta on all platforms starting October 17 at 10AM PT. 

Black Ops Cold War Beta ends Monday, October 19 at 10AM PT. 


Thursday, October 15 Update:

Starting now, Xbox One and PC players that pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War digitally can play the Black Ops Cold War Beta in Early Access! And, all PlayStation 4 players can jump back into the action as the Open Beta continues.

This weekend of the Beta features Cross Play between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, allowing players on all platform to play with and against each other. You can invite your friends through the Activision friends feature and play with all players — regardless of platform.

Black Ops Cold War Weekend 2 Beta for PS4, Xbox One, and PC features 6v6 modes and 12v12 Combined Arms: Domination & Assault, the debut of Hardpoint, and Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.

Player can access the Gunsmith in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War during the Beta to test out the Weapon customization and building system.

Beta Content:

Treyarch has released a schedule of what to expect during the Beta weekend.

  • NEW on Thursday, October 15:
    • New Level Cap: 31
    • New mode: Fireteam: Dirty Bomb & Hardpoint
    • New maps: Ruka & Alpine (both are Fireteam maps)
  • NEW on Sat., October 17:
    • New Level Cap: 40
    • New mode: Control

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb is a brand new mode that Treyarch is debuting in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This mode features 40 players with 10 teams of 4.

Treyarch has also made a host of weapon tuning updates for Weekend 2 of the Beta.

Beta Updates:

Treyarch has also provided a full list of changes they’ve made since the Alpha, with specific topics touched on including movement, scorestreaks, Gunsmith, and before. See the full patch notes before you dive into the beta from what was changed from Alpha.

The studio also announced a major new addition: Field of View Slider on all platforms. Players can change the default FOV value from 60 to a larger value to see more on their screen. This feature has been on PC for a while, but now makes its debut on the consoles. Get an in-depth look at the best settings to use for FOV on our Dexerto site.

Field of View Settings
Field of View Settings

As a reminder, players who reach Level 10 in the Beta will get a SMG Blueprint in Black Ops Cold War at launch. And for those enjoying Call of Duty: Mobile, playing the Black Ops Cold War beta will unlock Russell Alder character.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 6 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 6, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has already offered Double XP since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster.

It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 6

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on October 29 and end on November 1.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Warzone Season 6 and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • GMT – 5:00 PM
Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Double XP schedule

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 6 Battle Pass to earn the new Grav Assault Rifle and .410 Ironhide Shotgun weapons and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Vanguard devs explain why game size will be much smaller than Warzone & Cold War

Thanks to new tech, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s file size is set to be much smaller than Warzone and Cold War at launch.

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Call of Duty players have grown increasingly frustrated with Warzone and Cold War’s massive file size, but Activision has explained why the problem will be fixed in Vanguard.

As Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War continue to update, the games’ file sizes have kept growing. Black Ops Cold War is now sitting at around 200 GB, with Warzone adding at least another 50 GB. If you have a smaller hard drive, Call of Duty doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Activision already allows you to uninstall certain aspects of the games such as Campaign and Zombies, but they have plans to significantly reduce Vanguard’s file size at launch.

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“Good news for hard drives everywhere,” tweeted Call of Duty on October 26. “Vanguard’s install size at launch will be significantly below previous Call of Duty releases.”

They didn’t reveal Vanguard’s exact file size, but players can expect to “save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space.” Although last-gen consoles weren’t mentioned, next-gen editions take up significantly more room, so this should bring the sizes more in-line.

This will be done through “new on-demand texture streaming tech,” which is already available in Modern Warfare and Warzone for PC. Rather than taking up space on your hard drive, textures are downloaded on the go. Warzone players previously saved around 25 GB when it was introduced, but their new tech appears to be more effective at reducing file size.

Of course, this could cause issues for players with a poor internet connection, so it remains to be seen if it’ll be optional.

This also lines up with the Microsoft Store listing that Vanguard will be 75 GB on Xbox One, and 95 GB on Xbox Series X|S. These early sizes are much smaller than Cold War’s 133 GB launch size.

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Warzone and Vanguard will integrate later this year, bringing the new RICOCHET anti-cheat and new Pacific map. Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to shift over to Vanguard with Season 1. This could bring across the new tech, but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation.

We’re less than a fortnight away from Vanguard’s November 5 release, so we expect to find out more details before launch.


For more Call of Duty: Warzone, you can check out YouTuber JGOD’s best weapons ahead of Vanguard’s integration.

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Overwolf respond to Warzone & Cold War Windows 11 player bans

Overwolf have responded to reports that Warzone and Cold War players are getting permanently banned for using it alongside Windows 11.

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Call of Duty PC players have reported that using a combination of Windows 11 and Overwolf software is getting them permanently banned from Warzone and Cold War, and Overwolf have now responded to the issue.

Call of Duty devs have been waging an ongoing war with hackers and cheaters, with one dev saying that they are “ruining some of the best work” of his life. Over 800,000 accounts have now been banned, but perhaps not all bans are fair.

Cold War and Warzone PC players are claiming that upgrading to Windows 11 and using it alongside Overwolf is causing them to be permanently banned. Overwolf have now acknowledged the issue and put measures in place to prevent these wrongful bans.

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Overwolf is a platform used to create and install in-game apps, such as ‘Outplayed’ which allows players to record their footage. However, this Overwolf app is reportedly causing permabans when used alongside Windows 11.

Several users, including Reddit user WraithGG, claimed they were permanently banned from Warzone after attempting to open Cold War on an Insider Build of Windows 11, with Outplayed from Overwolf open. WraithGG said that this is a “well known and apparently rather common issue,” and both Activision and Overwolf are “refusing” to lift the ban or help.

“I have finally received a response from Activision telling me that despite being innocent, they cannot unban my account,” said WraithGG. “They have acknowledged the error in the ban, but are refusing to lift the ban as all bans are final.”

Overwolf have now responded to the issue. In a blog post, they said that “we are aware of a number of users who have been banned after playing Cold War and Warzone on Windows 11 while using Overwolf.”

“While we are not responsible for the bans, Support Main is one of our core values and we immediately began to look into the issue to protect gameplay and our community,” they continued. “For background, Cold War has been supported on Overwolf for months without any bans or issues.”

They then outlined the steps they’ve made since:

  1. “We have released an update to our games list to change the way the Overwolf overlay works and will no longer trigger a ban from Activision while using Windows 11. It’s important to note that in the 24 hours following this change, we have not had any new ban reports.
  2. We’re working closely with the very top levels at Activision, and we’ll do whatever we can to help those whose accounts have been banned. We can’t promise it will work, but we’ll give it our best shot.”

Overwolf said they will keep the community updated if they have any more information to share.

Now that the issue has been officially acknowledged, Activision may change their stance and unban players flagged for using Windows 11. This could be a similar story to Cold War Zombies players who were unfairly banned by the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug, and later had their accounts restored.

These reports have made some users worried about Vanguard’s upcoming kernel-level RICOCHET anti-cheat, which launches with its Warzone integration.

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