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CoD Black Ops 6 beta dates and how to play

Here's everything we know so far about the Call of Duty Black Ops 6 beta, including when it takes place and how to get early access.

A man in a cap and military gear holds a gun, pointing it off to the left of the shot, in the Black Ops 6 beta.

When is the Black Ops 6 beta? As sure as the sun rises and sets each day, a new Call of Duty installation is almost guaranteed for each new year and, with, it, a few days of multiplayer early access. Following the reveal of Black Ops 6, we want to know when the BO6 beta is taking place, and we’re sure you do too.

Call of Duty Black Ops 6 was first teased towards the end of May, and within two weeks we saw the FPS game’s official reveal at Summer Game Fest 2024. Earlier rumors of a Gulf War themed Call of Duty were proved right, and the Black Ops 6 release date takes us back to the 1990s. There’s more on that in our main guide, but read on to find out what we know so far about the Black Ops 6 beta sign up and dates.

The dates for the Call of Duty Black Ops 6 beta as shown on an official infographic.

Black Ops 6 beta dates

The Black Ops 6 beta takes place between September 6 and September 9, 2024. This is earlier than we expected and is earlier than the beta took place in previous years, as the game isn’t out until over six weeks later.

Looking back at Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward’s FPS was released on November 10, 2023. The PlayStation-exclusive beta weekend took place five weeks earlier during October 6 – 7, with the crossplay beta following pm a week later from October 12 – 13.

This logic would have placed a PC beta on September 28. It’s important to note that the main reason this pattern may have changed is the lack of console-exclusive betas this year. A PS-exclusive beta took place before others in previous years, but all platforms get access at the same time this year.

The reason behind this change is that Microsoft now owns Activision, and the console giant has confirmed there will be no more console-exclusive Call of Duty content. This means the PlayStation-exclusive betas are finally over, replaced with a full cross-platform beta period. The next COD Next takes place on August 28, during which we will likely receive confirmation of the rewards, content, and more details.

A man holds a gun up ready to shoot in front of a '90s video store names Fast Forward in the Block Ops 6 beta.

Black Ops 6 pre-order early access

Players who pre-order the game gain early access to the Black Ops 6 beta — again, the same as in previous years. Beta early access is confirmed by Activision as one of the benefits of pre-ordering the game, and takes place between August 30 and September 4. Terms and conditions can be found here.

The difference between the pre-order bonuses of the Vault Edition and standard edition, confirming Black Ops 6 beta early access.

How to get access to the Black Ops 6 beta

The Black Ops 6 beta will be open to everyone, while beta early access is only available to those who have pre-ordered the game. Pre-order the game on any official platform, and you will receive a redemption code close to the start of the beta.

Once you have received your code, enter it at callofduty.com/betaredeem while logged into the Call of Duty account you wish to play on. You will be able to download and play the beta when the time comes.

The game will then be available to download and play for all from September 6, 2024.

That’s all we know about the Black Ops 6 beta right now, but we’ll add more as we find out — trust us, we’re as excited as you are. While you wait, why not spend some time in the newest Warzone season and get some shooting practice in, or find out more about the Black Ops 6 safe house, your base of operations in the new game.