Activision is now encouraging COD fans to mark their calendars -- the beta dates for all platforms of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” have finally been confirmed. The beta access is dubbed to be the first time that developer Treyarch will allow global hands-on access to the multiplayer months before the actual release of the game.
Announced on Activision’s official blog, Activision Communications Manager Scott Lowe confirmed an Aug. 19 to 23 beta run for PS4 players. This is the five-day early access for PS4 secured via the new deal with Activision and Sony.
Both Xbox One and PC fans will also have a five-day shot at the multiplayer beta from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30. For now, Activision can also share that the beta will let players experience the chained movement system and explore the Specialist that can be their main person when playing through “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.”
In the coming weeks leading to the beta, however, Activision has promised more details on the maps and modes that will be available during beta. The beta is accessible to players who preorder “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” from participating retailers, the PSN Store, Xbox Live Store or Steam.
The hype for the “Call of Duty” franchise goes beyond Treyarch’s upcoming title. According to the latest feedback of fans regarding the backwards compatibility feature for the Xbox One, fans are looking forward to playing the developer’s other tile, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” on Microsoft’s next-gen console.
IGN reported that “Black Ops 2” got 77,000 votes in the survey for most wanted title to have on the Xbox One’s list of backwards compatible games. It overtakes the likes of “Red Dead Redemption,” “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Halo: Reach” and “Fallout 3,” to name a few.
So far, only those in the preview program of the Xbox One are able to access the feature. Microsoft is planning to roll it out to the public this year alongside another 100 titles that will be backwards compatible for the Xbox One.
Currently, the backwards compatibility is what sets the Xbox One apart from its biggest rival, the PS4. Sony has announced that it is not yet looking at offering backwards compatibility for the PS4 in the same way that the Xbox One will be launching by the end of the year. Reports have also pointed out that the backwards compatibility feature is helping sales for the Xbox One.