Revealed as part of the big PS5 Showcase this week, the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Alpha is launching very soon on PS4. The good news is that the new test will be free for all PlayStation 4 gamers, regardless of if you have a PS Plus subscription. But the downside is that there are no dates set for the Call of Duty Alpha to launch on Xbox One or PC.
CALL OF DUTY COLD WAR ALPHA RELEASE NEWS
Unlike the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops beta, Activision has made it clear that there will only be one weekend of Alpha testing.
And unfortunately for gamers on Xbox One and PC, this means that other platform owners won’t get the chance to join in.
The Black Ops Alpha kicks off on Friday, September 18, 2020, as a PS4 exclusive.
The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Alpha release time has been set for 6pm BST, or 10am PT, if you live in the United States.
The Cold War Alpha is set to have a download size of approximately 25 GB, with the preload now live on the PlayStation Store.
A message from Activision adds: “Just under two months before the release of the direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, and mere weeks ahead of the game’s Beta, ALL PlayStation 4 owners will be able to participate in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha.
“This exclusive weekend commences on September 18th at 10 a.m. PDT, and is set to conclude on September 20th at 10 a.m. PDT. The Alpha is FREE to all PS4 players. PlayStation Plus Subscription not required for most owners.”
Activision has not explained why the Alpha is not available on other platforms, or if gamers can expect any more surprise testing opportunities in the future.
Xbox One and PC gamers are missing out on this weekend’s free gaming event, and will be waiting a few more weeks for their own chance at free access.
As confirmed earlier this year by Activision, there will be several open beta testing periods for Call of Duty Cold War in October.
It has been confirmed that the first weekend of multiplayer action will be released on October 8, 2020 for PS4 players who have pre-order the game.
Activision has also revealed that the first COD open beta will be coming to PS4 on October 10.
Weekend Two of the Cold War beta will include players from Xbox One and PC who have pre-ordered the game, as well as open access for all PS4 players.
October 17 will be the start of the Call of Duty Black Ops open beta for everyone, running until October 19.
OPEN BETA WEEKEND ONE
- OCT. 8-9: PS4 EARLY ACCESS
- OCT. 10-12: PS4 OPEN BETA
WEEKEND 2 CROSSPLAY BETA
- OCT. 15-16: XBOX + PC EARLY ACCESS + PS4 OPEN ACCESS
- OCT. 17-19: OPEN ALL PLATFORMS
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