Weekend 1 of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta on PS4 is here. We’ve got everything you need to know in this post.
UPDATE – Monday, October 12: The Black Ops Cold War PS4 Open Beta Weekend 1 is now offline. The beta returns for Weekend 2 starting October 15. Get the schedule here and stay tuned for the latest info!
UPDATE – Saturday, October 10: The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta is now open to everyone on PlayStation 4!
All PlayStation 4 players, regardless of preorder, can now download and experience Black Ops Cold War MP ahead of its November 13 launch. Players can visit the PS4 Store on their console and search for ‘Black Ops Cold War’ to find the beta file. If you want to download it remotely, you can do so on the PlayStation Web/Mobile Store.
PlayStation Plus is not required for the Beta (except in German, due to laws).
Alongside the beta becoming an open beta, Treyarch has made some updates to the game:
- New Mode: Combined Arms: Assault added
For new players jumping in, the Level Cap is at 25 for this weekend. Experience Quick Play modes with TDM, Kill Confirmed, and Domination, and new modes like Combined Arms and VIP Escort.
Weekend 1 ends Monday, October 12 at 10AM PT.
The beta returns as an Open Beta for everyone on PlayStation 4 October 15 through October 19, plus debuts on Xbox One and PC. Weekend 2 details to be revealed soon. Stay tuned.
UPDATE – Friday, October 9: See what’s new here in the Black Ops Cold War Beta on Day 2, including new mode, new level cap, and bug fixes.
Thursday, October 8:
Treyarch has officially activated the Beta Servers for players on PlayStation 4 that have pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War. Pre-loading the Beta was available earlier this week for PS4 players who pre-ordered digitally.
Black Ops Cold War Early Access Beta for PS4 features 6v6 modes and 12v12 Combined Arms: Domination, with more modes to be added as the beta continues.
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 Schedule:
Treyarch has released a breakdown of what to expect during the first weekend of the PS4 Beta.
On October 8, the level cap will be Rank 16, and modes will include TDM, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Combined Arms: Domination.
Treyarch will expand the beta to include VIP Escort on Friday, October 9, and expand the Level Cap to 25.
To coincide with the Open Beta starting on October 10 on PS4, Treyarch is adding in Combined Arms: Assault, alongside the modes available.
The Early Access Period of the Black Ops Cold War Beta on PS4 ends on October 10. On October 10, the Beta becomes an Open Beta for everyone on PlayStation 4. PS+ Subscription is not required (except Germany).
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.
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.
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.
Dive into the beta now on PS4, and stay tuned for the latest updates on changes during the entire Beta!
New Firebase Z teasers reveal more information about returning Zombies characters
Treyarch has released more teasers regarding characters featured in the new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, “Firebase Z”.
Treyarch have revealed new teasers regarding the upcoming new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map “Firebase Z.”
Today, January 22, 2021, Treyarch has released images detailing three characters in the current Zombies storyline.
One of these characters is a returning fan favorite from the classic Black Ops franchise, and two are brand new.
Doctor William Peck
Doctor William Peck is a man with a genius IQ, and the Program Manager at the Department of Defense, who seems to have attracted the eye of the Soviet Omega group.
According to spies, they believe he could be turned to the Soviet cause if offered the right monetary incentive and career opportunity.
When Firebase Z releases, we’ll be sure to see the fate of Dr. Peck following this message from Dr. Valentina from the Omega group.
Captain Revenov is a disciplined follower of the soviet cause who has worked as a counter-terrorism operator and has served in the Caribbean, Central America, Angola, and Afghanistan. At the request of the Omega group, he was transferred as an operative that they could trust.
Due to his track record of excellence and service, he was the perfect pick for a man to carry out any orders.
Samantha Maxis is an ex BND (German Intelligence Service) operative. Recently, she has acquired stolen Soviet intel about Projekt Endstation, the location of the Die Maschine zombies map.
Currently, the Omega group believes she is working with Requiem and the CIA to expose the inhumane work of the Omega group to the world.
For now, that’s all the intel from today’s drop. You can read more about Firebase Z, including the release date here.
Image Credit: Treyarch/Activision
Gunfight Tournaments could be headed to Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War’s popular Gunfight mode looks set to be bolstered by the return of intense tournaments to declare the ultimate duo.
2v2 Gunfight action is about to become even tougher and more meaningful in Black Ops Cold War. One gamer’s CoD glitched and revealed a screen that suggested Gunfight Tournaments are set to return.
Gunfight has been a revelation since its inception in the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot. Focusing on close-quarters combat between two teams of two, Gunfight provides a random loadout that both teams have to utilize to survive.
Each round then boils down to sudden death circumstances and it keeps going – with new loadouts – until one team wins.
Modern Warfare eventually introduced tournaments that you could compete in and progress through to earn lots of XP and bonuses. Thanks to a new BOCW glitch, it seems like the concept will be returning soon.
Black Ops Cold War Gunfight Tournaments leaked
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But this new glitch, thankfully, casts a spotlight on something more positive. In the below image, Reddit user theManJ_217 is clearly in the process of finding a new game in BOCW. However, a random action results in a glitchy screen that blends both the matchmaking screen and a previously unseen Gunfight Tournament notice.
The nature of the image is a bit suspect because it is just an image, but it looks convincing nonetheless. It’s a rational idea, anyway, as Gunfight is continually expanding as seen with the recent Gunfight Blueprint playlist that was added.
Given that Gunfight was only added with the launch of BOCW Season 1, it would make sense to not rush all the content out too quickly.
Gunfight tournaments could likely be one of the marquee features of Season 2 and we may even see another variation of the mode in the future.
Image credits: Treyarch
Warzone devs respond to incorrect Cold War weapon attachment descriptions
Developers have confirmed a fix for Black Ops Cold War weapon attachment descriptions being incorrect in Warzone.
Several attachments for Black Ops Cold War weapons ported to Warzone don’t match their in-game descriptions. Warzone devs have confirmed that a fix is in the works.
Call of Duty content creators such as JGOD have done extensive testing on all of Warzone’s weapons. They discovered that the MAC-10’s Gallantry blueprint performed vastly better than its regular counterpart and that Black Ops Cold War sniper scopes have no glint.
The broken MAC-10 has now been patched, but there have been serious inconsistencies with the BOCW attachment descriptions. Some have no effect on the weapon, and others do the opposite of what they’re supposed to.
Raven Software has confirmed that they are working on a fix for incorrect attachment descriptions, as well as certain attachments not unlocking.
Warzone devs to fix incorrect attachment descriptions
On Activision’s official Trello Board, a card reading CW weapon attachments: Certain attachments are not unlocking or working as intended’ was added with the tag ‘under investigation’ on January 21.
The card was added by Alexis Barth, the Communications and Community Manager at Raven Software, confirming they will be handling the patch.
With Warzone featuring a detailed Gunsmith system, you can choose up to five unique attachments that vastly change your weapon’s performance. Each attachment has a different description and stats to match. Meaning you can build your weapon any way you want.
However, many of the attachments for the Black Ops Cold War weapons in Warzone do the opposite of what they’re meant to, with some even having no effect.
For example, the Stoner 63 can be vastly improved by a barrel that supposedly gives extra ‘vehicle damage’ but actually increases bullet velocity. The Striker Grip for the SMGs also grants recoil control when it’s meant to increase melee damage speed.
Most players wouldn’t even think about attachments not performing as they’re meant to, so they could be wasting their valuable slots.
Raven also addressed they are working for a fix on weapon attachments not unlocking.
It may take Warzone devs a while to fix this issue as they have to test every Cold War weapon, so keep an eye on Charlie Intel for the best weapon loadouts, such as our guide for the best AK-74u.
Image Credit: Activision
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