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The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 open beta starts Saturday unless you pre-ordered

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC open beta will be available to all Battle.net users starting Saturday, August 11 at 10 am Pacific. Those who pre-ordered or received a beta code from Activision, however, can start playing today—the early beta access period began earlier this morning.

There seems to be a bit of confusion about it, which is fair, because it's not well communicated. While it's nice that you can pre-load, it doesn't help the confusion that anyone can download Black Ops 4 in Battle.net right now even if they can't play it yet.

If you did pre-order, you should be able to play. If you were sent a code, that also ought to get you into the early access period on Battle.net. (That could be a Battle.net code, or possibly one for redemption at callofduty.com/blackops4/beta (opens in new tab).)

We'll be playing this weekend and we'll let you know what we think next week. Sadly, we won't get to try out the Blackout battle royale mode during this beta—that's being saved for another beta in September

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases October 12. Check out Andy's preview from June for more on this year's CoD—which is actually quite different, having ditched the traditional singleplayer campaign.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.