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Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War PC beta start date and details

Here's exactly when the beta starts for those without the 'PlayStation advantage'

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Looking for details on the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War PC beta? It’s that time again – the frenzied couple of months before the next Call of Duty release, where every minute detail is scrutinised and obsessed over. CoD o’clock as we call it at PCGamesN (we don’t). Up until now, we’ve been happily playing Warzone, but we’re always keeping our ear to the ground for news on Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, especially when it comes to PC beta access.

Right now, we don’t know everything about the full release of the game – apart from the fact that it’s launching on November 13, 2020. However, we’ve got details about the PC beta of Black Ops Cold War, and we’re delighted to be sharing everything we know about it with you.

So if you’re raring to go get some unnecessarily flashy 360 no-scopes then here is everything we know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War PC beta. If you’re too excited to wait, however, you should probably check out Modern Warfare’s free-to-play battle royale, Warzone.


The beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War started on October 15, 2020 at roughly 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST. If you don’t have a PC beta code by either pre-purchasing or getting a code from the Twitch Drops system then you’ll have to wait until October 17 to get access to the Call of Duty – Cold War open beta on all platforms.

This beta period will last until October 19 and cross-play will be available throughout. So yes, you can absolutely style on some console players.

Black Ops – Cold War PC beta code Twitch Drops guide

If you haven’t pre-purchased and want to get a feel for the game then you can grab a PC beta code through the Twitch Drops system.

You’ll need to watch at least 4 hours of any stream playing Black Ops Cold War with ‘Drops Enabled’ on Twitch from October 15 at 10:00 PT to October 16 at 11:59 PT.

You will also need to have linked your Twitch and Battle.net accounts for this to work.


You can also get access to the PC beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War through pre-ordering the game. Here’s a link to the pre-order. If and when you do get access, make sure you have the latest drivers installed as we have run into a number of technical difficulties that were immediately remedied by updating our drivers.

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We haven’t got all that much information on the campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War yet, but from a multiplayer reveal stream and some other promo we’ve uncovered some neat details.

First, let’s talk about the guns. Of course, we’ll get weaponry like the classic AK-47 or the MP5 but we’ll get some newer additions like the Diamatti pistol and Krig 6 assault rifle, too. We’ve got a list of the confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War Guns already going, and we’ll add to it as we see more.

How about the class system? Everyone loves to decide a build don’t they? In short, the create-a-class system will be an update for Modern Warfare players where you get a primary and secondary weapon with perks, lethal and tactical equipment and field upgrades.

Don’t forget Wildcards which can be added into mix too. We can’t wait to try it out and see what works best for us, but until then here’s our Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War class system explanation for your enjoyment.