How to Access the CoD: Black Ops 4 Beta (And When You Can Play)

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The release of the next installment in the popular Call of Duty franchise is quickly approaching.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will become available around the world on Oct. 12, 2018. But before that, Call of Duty fans will get the chance to test the game out thanks to a private beta—which begins soon (for some players).

Related: The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta is coming in early August

Here’s everything you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta.

How do I get a code for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta?

Anyone who preorders Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can gain access to the private multiplayer beta.

If you preorder the game from a participating retailer, you’ll receive a private beta access code. If you preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 digitally through the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Live Store, or Battle.net for PC, however, you don’t even need a code for the private multiplayer beta. Your account on these platforms will automatically be validated to play the beta once you’ve downloaded it.

When does the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta start, and which platforms can you play it on?

The private multiplayer beta will first come to PlayStation 4 from Aug. 3 to 6. A second week will then be held on PS4 and Xbox One from Aug. 10 to 13. An early-access PC beta exclusively on Battle.net will start on Aug. 10, with the open PC beta set to run from Aug. 11 to 13.

How do I redeem my code for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta?

If you preorder Black Ops 4 from a participating retailer instead of digitally on your console of choice, you should receive an access code for the private multiplayer beta. The beta code will most likely be printed on your retail receipt or emailed to you after you’ve successfully preordered the game.

Once you have redeemed your code on the Call of Duty website, you’ll receive a private beta token via email just before the beta begins. You’ll need this token to download the beta.

You will, however, need to log in to your Call of Duty account to enter your private beta access code—but if you don’t have an account, you can create one for free. Once you’ve made your account, just enter your private beta access code, and wait to receive your email with a private beta token.

If you have any issues redeeming your private beta access code, you can visit the Black Ops 4 beta FAQ page.