Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare really mixed up Call of Duty‘s gameplay. It introduced exo suits with double jumps, invisibility cloaks, health shields and remote controlled drones that can take out enemies from the sky. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 plans to build on this with characters having various abilities and powers built into them, offering more variety than the exo suits.
This poses an obvious problem for players of Black Ops 3‘s multiplayer. How will people adapt to such a significant change between games? With multiplayer being such an integral part of Call of Duty, developer Treyarch will be looking to answer that the best way that they can, which is perhaps why they’re launching the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta. The beta goes live next week but you can watch a trailer for it after the break.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta – Trailer and Details
For a pre-release test, the Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta contains a startling amount of content. For starters, there are four Specialists available: Ruin, Outrider, Prophet and Battery, but those who level up to level 22 and level 28 will be able to try out: Seraph, Nomad, Reaper and Spectre. These Specialists will have their own “look, personality, voice, battle-hardened weapons and abilities” and you can also customise weapons with the Weapon Paintshop letting you create custom graphics with an “infinite number of possible combinations.”
In terms of gameplay, the beta has plenty there too. Team Deathmatch, Domination, Demolition, Kill Confirmed, Hardpoint, Capture the Flag and Search & Destroy are all being offered, and these will take place on the following maps:
- Hunted: This big game hunting lodge is situated beneath a waterfall in the lush mountains of Ethiopia, where rugged terrain opens up to long sightlines and a stealthy underwater pathway.
- Combine: Set in the remote Egyptian Sahara, this vertical farming and sustainability research facility plays fast and frenetic with tight interiors, an open middle and a dangerous flank path.
- Evac: An abandoned emergency evacuation zone atop an overgrown rooftop in the middle of Singapore’s flooded quarantine zone.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta is available to those who have pre-ordered the game. The beta will begin on August 19 for PS4 players and August 26 for PC and Xbox One players.