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Black Ops 4 battle royale beta preloading has begun, early access is available to everyone

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout beta will go live on PC at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on September 15, or at the same time a day earlier if you've already preordered the game. If you haven't preordered but want to get in early anyway, that can also be arranged.

Anyone who watches at least an hour of Ninja, Shroud, Summit1G, or TimTheTatman on Twitch between 10 am and 2 pm PT on September 14—during which time I assume they'll be streaming Blackout—will also be given early access to the beta. Just be sure you've linked your account to your account before you start, or else it won't count—you can do that here.

To ensure you don't waste any precious time downloading the Blackout beta when you could be playing it, you can preload it right now on Regardless of when you start playing, the beta will come to an end at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on September 17. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes out in full on October 12. 

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.