14 Oct 2020 2:12 PM +00:00

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Beta - What Xbox One players should expect

With the Cold War Multiplayer Beta arriving soon, we've gathered all the information Xbox One players need to know.

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Crossplay Beta

During the beta, experience signature Black Ops combat across traditional 6v6 modes, 12v12 Combined Arms, and a brand-new 40-player mode, Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.

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TEAMWORK: Play 6v6 in the Cold War multiplayer Beta

The Beta will feature a selection of the game’s Multiplayer maps set in distinct global locations during the Cold War.

Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific levelling system where loadout items, including new weapons, Field Upgrades, and Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.

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The Black Ops Cold War Open Beta will be free on Xbox One, with players who pre-ordered digitally gaining early access.

Xbox Early Access

Those who pre-ordered the game digitally for Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S can begin playing the Beta on Thursday, October 15 and on Friday, October 16.

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SNEAK PEEK: Gain early access to COD Black Ops Cold War on Xbox

Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox One players.

Xbox Open Beta

From Saturday, October 17 to Monday, October 19, the Beta is accessible to Xbox players regardless of pre-order status.

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TAKE TO THE SEAS: COD Black Ops Cold War Land, Sea and Air pack revealed!

At this point, all Call of Duty players can match up and play together.

When will the Beta go live?

The Crossplay Beta Weekend is scheduled to run from 6pm BST on Thursday, October 15 to 6pm BST on Monday, October 19.

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RANK UP: Earn XP during the Crossplay Beta

Crossplay will be active allowing you to party up with friends and the greater community, regardless of the device they play on.

What's inside the Beta?

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will feature a mix of maps, modes, and playlists.

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SWITCH IT UP: Multiple different game modes will be available in the Cold War Beta

Similar to past Betas, the Black Ops Cold War Beta will also allow players to earn XP in order to unlock new content.

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Players who reach Level 10 within the Beta will receive an SMG Weapon Blueprint upon the release of Black Ops Cold War.


How Xbox players can access the Beta

Digital pre-order customers will be entitled to early access (Thursday and Friday) through their account on which they purchased the game.

All other players can still access the open part of the Beta (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) for free.

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GET AHEAD OF THE OPPOSITION: Unlock weapon blueprints whilst playing early access

Search for the Beta from the Xbox Store and follow the prompts to download.


Beta pre-load starts on October 13 at 4pm BST for digital pre-order customers and will unlock the Beta to play on October 15 at 6pm BST.

The Beta will be available to download for free for all other players starting October 17 at 6pm BST.

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