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As most gamers will probably well know, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is the latest shooter in the long-running series from Activision and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 12.
But ahead of the title’s launch, the developers at Treyarch are holding two special private beta tests. One starts tomorrow, August 3rd, for PS4 players only. And another next weekend for PS4 and Xbox One players.
This not only allows players to get a taste of what’s to come in the game, but also allow the team to get ready for the millions of players jumping into the games servers at launch.
The only downside to both these Private Beta’s is that it’s only available to those who have pre-ordered the game.
Thankfully though, Daily Star has managed to nab 50 beta codes to giveaway – for next weekend’s private beta – for anyone looking to play on a PS4 (sorry, Xbox owners).
Better yet, we’ve also got TWO PlayStation 4 consoles to giveaway as well.
For your chance to win, all you’ve got to do is fill out the form below. Good Luck!
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Overview
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – What we know so far
The next entry in Activision’s famous franchise will be a continuation of the Black Ops series. The game won’t carry a traditional single-player mode, but instead will focus the players on the zombie, PvP and a newly-added Battle Royale mode.
The game was leaked before it was formally announced, with Treyarch even leaving a trial of breadcrumbs in the previous Black Ops title leading to teases about the title.
The game was formally announced on March 8, and two months later Activision hosted a Reveal Event – which you can read more about here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is currently slated to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 12, 2018.
The game will run a beta earlier than this though – with one set of the tests running over the summer, and another separate test going live in September to debut the series’ first Battle Royale mode.
You can read more about these tests in the paragraph at the top of the page, detailing what to expect from the beta, and what platforms it’ll be available on.
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Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Previews
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is making some pretty big changes to multiplayer.
In developer Treyarch’s own words, this version of Black Ops’ PvP is the most ambitious multiplayer to date – and we concur. Black Ops 4’s multiplayer offering is a more refined tactical team experience that – at first glance – is a richer experience than previous CoD efforts.
We played the game for an hour, and in that time, the main thing we noticed was how dynamic the rhythm and flow of the game has become thanks to the dedicated button you have with which to heal yourself.
This alters the fundamental mentality of a CoD firefight: instead of a straight-up battle with one player winning and one dying, this allows you to think more tactically.
If you get dropped on, you’ll still die, but if you enter a one-on-one with another player, you can get out of the action and heal up.
Time to kill is a little longer in this game compared to WWII, and that helps this dynamic, too. Add in the improved gun animations that telegraph more about what your opponent is doing, the muzzle flashes that show you where bullets are coming from more clearly, and the easier-to-identify bullet impacts and you have a CoD game that gives you more on-screen information than any other CoD game out there.
The ‘boots on the ground’ focus from the previous title is still here – there is no wall running, no thrust jumping. This keeps the action streamlined, keeps to focus on player to player gunplay, rather than evasion. This is good – especially paired with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s other big innovation: your gun is up at all times.
This is, at first, an odd thing to get your head around. But when you cook and throw grenades, when you operate equipment, when you sprint or mantle your gun is always up. Granted you take an accuracy penalty when you multitask, but this really helps keep you focused and always draws your eyes into the battle, keeps you checking all this information Treyarch is giving you about player location, threat levels and your own status.
These differences are the shot in the arm Call of Duty needs – it’s very different, it’s very involved, and it’s very good. This has every chance of being the best CoD to date.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Beta
Activision has announced it will be holding a private beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 over the summer.
The first will be run from August 3 to August 6 and be exclusively run on PS4, as per the company’s marketing deal with Microsoft, whilst the second beta test will run from August 10 to August 13.
Players will have access to five playable modes, six maps and a host of the games new specialists.
For more specific details on each platforms beta, check out the two links below:
Timings for the Blackout beta are yet to be released.
More information will be published at callofduty.com/beta.
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Blackout / Battle Royale
The new Blackout mode is perhaps the biggest change to Call of Duty this year. The mode is heavily inspired by the successes of Fortnite and PUBG (the biggest successes in the Battle Royale genre right now), but developer Treyarch is keen to assure players that the mode will have its own flavour versus its competitors – that it’ll retain that trademark Black Ops feeling.
The Battle Royale mode is sort-of a love letter to Black Ops games past: the map (which will be 1500 times the size of Nuketown, by the way) will be filled with elements from previous Black Ops maps.
So for Call of Duty aficionados, there will be a lot for you to pick through and discover as you play – that’s pretty cool.
Also, the development team is keen to reinforce the idea that this will be a Battle Royale with all the hallmarks of a CoD game: high fidelity, stable framerate, a massive pool of weapons, incredible production values.
We’re seeing Activision enter the currently quite small pool of Battle Royale games as a bonafide triple-A publisher with a lot of clout behind it – this could really shake up the scene that Fortnite and PUBG has been instrumental in creating.
We’re eager to see if the old giants can topple these new young upstarts.
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Zombies
From what we’ve seen of the Zombies mode so far, it’s clear that Activision and Treyarch are taking the mode seriously.
The game will ship with three Zombies modes at launch, with the promise of more to come later.
Taking its cues from the likes of Destiny and broader Activision multiplayer titles, Zombies will also feature seasonal events called Callings and will introduce daily, monthly, and yearly events to the title to keep things mixed up – keep you coming back for more.
Difficulty levels return to the mode, too – something that we think is going to help entice lapsed players back to the mode. In previous games, Zombies became convoluted, with so many layers of mechanics, easter eggs and actions to perform that the pure thrill of simply surviving and killing was cast aside.
By giving us three experiences at launch (The Nine, Voyage of Despair, and the throwback Blood of the Dead), Treyarch is keeping it mixed up, offering three avenues for players to enjoy.
Also, by adding in Mutations to the game and giving players the option to experiment with their own setups, this mode gets a lot more depth, and becomes a much larger social platform.
We’re keen to see how Activision and Treyarch keep this mode alive and support the various campaigns on offer – they’ve created a massive beast, and we’re hoping they’ll be able to keep alive and in control for months after the release window.
Call of Duty and Activision has announced a Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – and it’s huge.
The new special edition – called the Mystery Box Edition – lights up, makes zombie noises and is brimming with bonus content and collectible items.
Here’s everything the special edition contains. Spoiler alert – it’s extensive:
- CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 GAME – Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royale experience.
- COLLECTIBLE ZOMBIES MYSTERY BOX – Inspired by the in-game Zombies Mystery Box, this collectible box features an eerie skeleton exterior along with frightening sounds and lighting.
- ZOMBIES HEROES FiGPiNS™ – Get the exclusive set of our new Zombies Heroes FiGPiNs featuring Scarlett Rhodes, Bruno Delacroix, Diego Necalli, and Stanton Shaw from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- 10th ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIES PUZZLE – This 1,000-piece puzzle features unique art celebrating 10 years of Treyarch Zombies history.
- DARK HORSE ZOMBIES COMIC ISSUE #1 – This first issue of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Dark Horse Comic comes with an exclusive cover only for the Mystery Box Edition. The comic series will unveil details about our Zombies Heroes’ backstories.
- ZOMBIES LITHOGRAPHS – These three collectible lithographs commemorate Voyage of Despair, IX, and Blood of the Dead, three Zombies Experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
- POPSOCKET™ – With its intimidating skull logo, this limited-edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PopSocket is the perfect way to show off your Black Ops
- COLLECTIBLE STEELBOOK™– Limited edition SteelBook game case featuring unique art.
- LIMITED EDITION SPECIALIST ICON PATCHES – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4reintroduces the fan-favorite Multiplayer Specialists, each with their own unique weapon, equipment, and icons. This set of collectible patches is inspired by each of the 10 Specialists’ in-game icons.
- BLACK OPS PASS*– The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Ops Pass includes Classified, a bonus Zombies experience, available at Launch, 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences, 12 Multiplayer maps, and 4 exclusive Blackout characters.
- ADDITIONAL BONUS CONTENT
Activision has yet to announce how much the box costs, or where you can order it.
So do you want the regular edition of the game, or would you trade it all for the box?