Call of Duty: BlOps 3 beta due late-August

Black Ops 3

An update to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 website reveals that the bombastic sequel will start beta testing on PC in late-August. Thanks to a new deal between Activision and Sony, PS4 users get first dibs with the beta on August 19. PC and Xbox One users will be ushered through the gates a week later, on August 26.

BlOps 3 is an interesting one. It's zombies mode looks pleasingly ridiculous, and the main campaign seems like an attempt to build upon some of the best systems of Advanced Warfare. But then, it's a Call of Duty—surely it won't break too far from the series' basic template.

Unfortunately, you have to pre-order to get beta access. Generally our standing advice is not to pre-order anything. That said, this is the 12th Call of Duty. You probably already know whether BlOps 3 is a game you're going to get.

Thanks, Blue's News.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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