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.
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.
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.
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.
Cranked Zombies Tips – Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War has added a new game mode to zombies called “Cranked.” Here are a few tips to dominate.
Cranked Zombies is a new mode added to Black Ops Cold War Zombies for Season 1.
For the midseason update, Treyarch has released Cranked Zombies as a limited-time mode. This is a fast-paced and intense mode that was originally released alongside Call of Duty Ghosts and has long been a tradition in Infinity Ward games. Now, Treyarch has adopted the mode for Zombies.
What is Cranked?
Cranked is a mode where kills are key. Once you score your first kill, a timer will start and your player will receive increased reload speed and running speed. This timer will be a 30 second timer, ticking down. If you fail to score a kill before the timer hits 0, you’ll blow up. Each new kill will refresh the timer.
For Zombies, as time continues, zombies will spawn faster and the cranked timer will continue to reduce as the game progresses. It will start at 30 seconds, then drop to 25, 20, and 15, before settling at 12.5 seconds.
Tips to Survive
- Big magazines, high damage – Be sure to drop in with a Light Machine Gun or high capacity Assault Rifle. You’ll need it for all the zombies constantly bombarding you.
- Explosives are key – Pack C4, and be sure to pick up every War Machine boss zombies drop. You’ll need these as emergency tools for quick and easy kills when time is running low.
- Pack FAST! – Pack-a-punch is unlocked automatically as soon as the power is turned on. Make sure you get your weapon upgraded as fast as possible.
- Brain Rot OP – Brain Rot is an ammo upgrade for pack-a-punch weapons that turns a hostile zombie into a friendly teammate. Be sure to utilize this for quick timer resets while reloading or traveling around the map.
- Ring of Survival – The Ring of Fire field upgrade is a must use in Cranked. Line up large waves of zombies, then activate the ring of fire for easy kills. We recommend saving your ring of fire charges for boss zombies.
- Be a Menu Master – Using the upgrade station and weapons bench will cost you time. Be sure to have the menus memorized to get what you need before you explode.
- Perk Up! – While being Cranked gives you additional reload and movement speed, Stamin-Up and Speed Cola also stack on these effects, making you even faster.
These tips should get you rolling through Weapon levels and Zombie hordes in no time. Now get out there and slay some zombies!
Image Credits: Activision
Black Ops Cold War Zombies Updates: Firebase Z, New Perk, and more
To celebrate 115 Day, Treyarch has shared a new blog post highlighting some of what’s coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War soon.
The new Zombies map, Firebase Z, arrives on February 4 for free.
In their blog post, Treyarch goes in depth on the narrative origins of Firebase Z map, reveals the new Tombstone Perk, provides updates on the Onslaught mode, and more.
Firebase Z” will arrive on February 4th during Season One, free for all Black Ops Cold War players.
Today, we’re excited to debut the official logo and new narrative details for our next Zombies map.
In less than three weeks, “Firebase Z” will introduce Zombies fans to an all-new location set in the jungles of Vietnam, along with new characters, new enemies, new gameplay mechanics, and much more. And, in keeping with Zombies tradition, a badass new Wonder Weapon awaits.
Now – without spoiling too much – let’s get into the story so far.
REQUIEM VS. OMEGA
Dimensional breaches continue to open around the world. As both Omega and Requiem work in the shadows to ensure the secrecy of their discoveries, the greater public remains blissfully unaware of this deadly new arms race between East and West.
As the two sides continue to study the Dark Aether dimension and the Aetherium Crystals found within, each strives for an advantage over the other in the ongoing Cold War. The bad news? Requiem has fallen behind.
Omega Group’s newest research outpost represents their resounding successes in harnessing Dark Aether technology for their own gains. Equipped with an on-site dimensional gateway, they’ve acquired the ability to send soldiers and other “conscripts” into the Dark Aether to harvest Aetherium Crystals straight from the source.
As a result, Omega Group’s scientific breakthroughs in the last several months have far surpassed anything Requiem could have imagined.
DESTINATION: OUTPOST 25
With the destruction of the “Projekt Endstation” anomaly site in their wake, Grigori Weaver and the agents of Requiem turn their attention to a far greater threat: a new Dark Aether outbreak site in Southeast Asia.
After learning Agent Maxis has been captured by Omega Group, Weaver deploys Requiem’s strike team to infiltrate the facility where she’s reportedly being held: Outpost 25.
Against all odds, Requiem forces will infiltrate the outpost to rendezvous with an Omega Group informant, save Samantha Maxis, and above all else, survive the new horrors that await them in this abandoned research facility.
In the coming weeks, we’ll have more “Firebase Z” story details, new intel reveals, and the official gameplay trailer to share in the lead-up to launch. In the meantime, let’s dive into the additional content coming to Zombies as Season One continues.
NEW PERK: TOMBSTONE SODA (FEB. 4)
As we may have not-so-subtly hinted on New Year’s Eve, we’re bringing a seventh Perk to Black Ops Cold War Zombies alongside the launch of “Firebase Z”: Tombstone Soda.
“But Treyarch,” you ask, “what’s so new about Tombstone?” Thanks for asking. Great question.
When deciding on the next Perk to introduce to Zombies, the design team reviewed the full history of every Perk and ability from the past that centered around death, and ultimately rolled them into an incredibly useful Perk for Black Ops Cold War. Tombstone Soda is all about manipulating and cheating the consequences of death, and you’ll need it against the forces waiting for you in Vietnam.
Unlike its first incarnation in Black Ops II, the new-and-improved Tombstone Soda will now transform the player into a shadow within the Dark Aether after being downed. In this shadow form, you’ll be equipped with weapons to help give you a fighting chance to revive yourself. However, if your health is reduced to zero while in shadow form, you’re dead.
Fortunately, Tombstone’s benefits only get better from there. Each Perk comes with its own set of upgradeable Skills in Black Ops Cold War, and this one’s no different. By investing Aetherium Crystals into your Tombstone Perk Skill, you’ll unlock the following upgrades:
- Tier I – Shadow form can regenerate health.
- Tier II – Increase downed duration to 60 seconds.
- Tier III – On death, drop a Tombstone stash that saves your weapons, equipment, and resources.
You’ll be able to grab a can from the Tombstone Perk machine in “Firebase Z,” and you’ll also find it in the Der Wunderfizz machine in “Die Maschine” on Feb. 4th. When in doubt, just remember those timeless jingle lyrics: Rest in pieces, down for the count…
NEW SUPPORT SCORESTREAKS AND INTEL (FEB. 4)
February 4th will also bring two new Support Scorestreaks to call in against the undead: the devastating Artillery and always-satisfying Napalm Strike. When the action gets a little too hot, head over to the Crafting Table and turn the heat even higher.
Ahh, we love the smell of crispy zombies in the morning.
And of course, a new Zombies map means new in-game Intel. Keep an eye out for new audio logs, documents, radio communications, Dark Aether dispatches, and artifacts hidden throughout “Firebase Z” starting on Feb. 4th. You never know what you might find.
Friendly reminder: if you haven’t discovered 100% of the in-game Intel hidden within “Die Maschine” and Onslaught yet, now’s the time to complete your collection before the story continues!
5 best Gunfight tips in Black Ops Cold War
Gunfight is a terrifically tense mode and requires proper skill. So we’ve come up with 5 great tips to make the mode even more fun in BOCW.
Gunfight is an extremely tight affair. The enclosed environments in BOCW make for some thrilling back-and-forth contests. But if you want to perform better and increase your chances of winning, then here are 5 of our best tips to improve.
The dynamic of Gunfight is vastly different from that of a normal game of Team Deathmatch. The greatly reduced numbers on each team combined with the smaller, more claustrophobic nature of the maps means that Gunfight needs a whole new way of thinking.
A more measured and tactful approach should be considered. If not, it’s easy to be overrun by your opposition round after round until you succumb to a crushing defeat. Take these tips and learn how to adapt to your surroundings.
BOCW best Gunfight tips
Not all of these tips may necessarily complement your playstyle, but you sometimes need to adapt to win.
Furthermore, these tips aren’t map-specific, so try and bear this in mind when you’re reading them as there isn’t one that will absolutely apply to Game Show or ICBM, for example.
1. Be aggressive
Airing on the side of caution is likely to get you killed in Gunfight due to its frantic nature. The rounds are short. The map is small. The likelihood of combat is certain.
You need to make sure you’re either part of it or the instigator of it. Unless you’re 0-5 down and clearly being outclassed, then offense is the best form of defense. Be on the front foot and catch your foes unaware. Be the hunter.
2. Watch the timer, be near the middle
You’d be amazed at how many rounds you can snatch by just simply being in the right place at the right time.
Some games can become cagey affairs. If this happens to you, at least make sure you stay somewhere near the middle of the map. Once the opportunity to claim the flag in the middle arises, you want to be in the prime position – either to claim it or to kill your opponent(s) going for it.
3. Inspect your loadout
When you’re thrust into a new game, you get a new loadout every two rounds. Quickly absorb all the information presented to you on your HUD before the round starts.
Otherwise, you might come face-to-face with the enemy team, having the advantage, and unload a round of burst fire into them. But because you think it’s a machine gun, you’re just holding the trigger, not firing, and now you’re dead. Always check what you’re given.
4. Teamwork and communication
Chances are that if you’re playing Gunfight then you’re doing so with a friend. Both of you having a headset is a must, but constant communication can also win rounds ahead of any discernible skill or ability.
If one of you has just killed an enemy, or you’re in a skirmish with someone, let the other person know. It doesn’t matter if it appears in the killfeed or anything like that. Keep talking. If it’s 2v1 and one of you knows where the final person is, speak up, hunt them down, and claim your round win.
5. Listen to the audio
In those fleeting moments of silence, make sure your headset is turned right up. If you have the Superhuman hearing function on your headset then that’s a bonus.
Again, due to the limited space, you can easily hear enemy footsteps near your position.
With these tips safely ensconced in your brain, Gunfight should now be an even more exciting prospect for you. Show more aggression, make use of your headset, and be alert.
All these are big factors in conquering and dominating Gunfight. May our advice serve you well.
Image credits: Treyarch
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