Activision and Treyarch have announced that the 12 October Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launch will be preceded by two online betas –

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Confirmed, HQ. Two online betas. Over and out.

– so that’s two online betas, featuring the game’s multiplayer modes and its new Blackout battle royale-’em up.

The multiplayer beta is up first, including six maps, multiple Specialists, and standard-issue Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Control, and Search & Destroy modes, with special VIP priority for PS4 players. Entry for the console beta and PC early access beta is limited to pre-orders, and the PC open beta exclusively for Battle.net users.

PS4 (early access): 3 August at 19:00 local time – 6 August at 19:00 local time

PS4 and Xbox One: 10 August at 19:00 local time – 13 August at 19:00 local time

PC (early access): 10 August at 19:00 local time

PC (public access): 11 August at 19:00 local time – 13 August at 19:00 local time

More info about the Blackout beta is coming soon, according to the studio, but “for now, we wanted you to know that it was on the way”. So, now you know. The new, if perhaps somewhat inevitable, mode apparently introduces the franchise’s biggest ever map, “1500 times bigger than Nuketown”, made up of “the most iconic parts of your favourite maps” from previous games.

“The team has been having a ridiculous amount of fun playing it internally. We are so excited to be able to share that fun with you in September,” says senior producer Yale Miller. “The community feedback generated from going hands-on is always incredibly important, and it’s never been more so than with Blackout.”

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