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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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How to unlock and use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system. Here is how to unlock and use them.

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The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War opens up new challenges and rewards for players. One of the unique rewards you can earn is a Prestige Key. This is how you can acquire and use it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is finally here, and things are a bit different this year with its progression system. Once you reach Military Rank 55, you will earn your first Prestige. In previous seasons, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset. That is no longer the case.

Instead of grinding your levels back, you will be able to work towards more Prestige Levels without losing your existing gear and class. The new Seasons will bring more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is the Prestige Key.

Here is everything that you need to know about using Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War.

How to unlock Prestige Keys

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Grind through the Multiplayer until you earn enough XP to surpass the base 55 Military Ranks. At this point, you’ll become season prestige rank 1 and enter into the prestige system.

Every time you reach a new Prestige rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

How to Use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use it at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

The bad news is that the Prestige Shop is not available until Season One opens up on December 10. When it finally begins, the game will also add additional Prestiges. You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

At the moment, we can only wait for December 10 to come around so that we can use the Prestige keys. We’ll keep updating this article as more information becomes available.

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Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced

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Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 23 Patch Notes: MP Spawn Updates

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Treyarch has released a patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 23rd.

A new in-game update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now live on all platforms that addresses spawns, stability, and bugs across MP & Zombies.

The update includes a pass on Hardpoint spawns and preps the game for the launch of Nuketown, coming November 24 at 10AM PT. Nuketown will be available for free for everyone on all platforms.

Patch Notes

MULTIPLAYER

Spawns

  • Adjusted Hardpoint spawn logic to reduce average travel time to active Hardpoints.
  • Adjusted enemy weighting for spawns in Crossroads Strike and Armada Strike.

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb

  • Addressed a UI error that could sometimes occur when loading into a match of Fireteam: Dirty Bomb on Ruka.

Perks

  • Addressed an issue that would prevent Flak Jacket from properly protecting the player from explosive damage in Hardcore modes.

ZOMBIES

Field Upgrades

  • Addressed an issue where the player could earn Field Upgrade charge while their Ring of Fire was currently activated.

Enemies

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused zombies to use their ranged attack unexpectedly.
  • Addressed a rare issue that could rarely cause the Megaton to be permanently invincible after splitting.

Stability

  • Added various stability fixes.

Source: Treyarch

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