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

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC open beta will be available to all 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 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 (That could be a code, or possibly one for redemption at

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 Wilde
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Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.