Black Ops Cold War Alpha Was the Most Downloaded Alpha/Beta in Franchise History

by in Call of Duty | Sep, 28th 2020

Activision has revealed that the recent Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War alpha testing phase was one of the most impressive early looks at a game in the series ever. Details were given regarding the Black Ops Cold War alpha downloads and it looks like they were record-breaking.

Black Ops Cold War Alpha Downloads Break Records

Activision posted about the Black Ops Cold War alpha downloads on Twitter, not giving specific numbers but still revealing its success. The Twitter account thanked the PS4 community for downloading and checking out the alpha in the weekend before.

Because of all the players who checked it out on PS4, the Black Ops Cold War alpha downloads broke records and became the No. 1 most downloaded PS4 alpha or beta in Call of Duty history. No other multiplayer beta or demo for past games have come close to what this one did.

Now, some details for this need to be broken down. For one, the actual numbers of the beta were not revealed, but we can assume that it will be a lot since it was record-breaking. And then there is the issue of the platform since this alpha was only available to one system.

The Black Ops Cold War alpha downloads were solely comprised of PS4 players since the Xbox One and even PC platforms could not check the game out during the alpha portion. Instead, they will have to wait for the next testing phase of the upcoming Call of Duty title to check it out.

Cold War Alpha Was Downloaded More Than Any Past Call of Duty Game

With the downloads only available to the PS4 platform, it seems that this record is only broken for past PS4 betas. It isn’t likely including total numbers across all platforms but just the PS4 one. Even still, though, it is impressive to know that more players wanted to test this game out on PS4 than any of the other past Call of Duty titles.

If anything, that proves just how important the upcoming Black Ops Cold War release will be for the series. There is a lot in the Call of Duty franchise that relies on this game to be a success given past hiccups and mistakes. It seems the community is intrigued to see how it goes.

What also makes the record-breaking number of Black Ops Cold War alpha downloads so impressive is that this is far from the only PS4-exclusive testing phase of a Call of Duty game that we have had. In the past, there have been several examples of similar weekends.

With just about every Call of Duty game, you can expect Activision to release a multiplayer beta or something similar where players can get in there and check out what the game is all about. Most of the time, the PS4 platform has received early or exclusive beta testing in some way.

What Could Have Factored Into This Happening

Be it a few more days of testing or the beta beginning the weekend before the other platforms. This has been done before. For a random Black Ops Cold War alpha to suddenly do better than any of those others when it is not even a beta is rather impressive.

What’s even crazier is that the alpha was only available for two days in total, barely 48 hours. That isn’t nearly as long as the upcoming beta testing will be, which we expect to break even more records now. The community is intrigued by Cold War, which could become one of the most successful games in series history.

It comes at just the right time, after problems with past games, the pandemic going on, the release of the brand new consoles and generation, and so much more. The time is ripe for this new Black Ops entry to be one of the best and most successful of all time.

But part of the success of this alpha could have to do with the PS5 showcase that happened just before it. Many people tuned into that event and watched the latest footage of the upcoming Call of Duty game. That footage, paired with the alpha announcement, might have convinced many to check it out.

Not to mention, the launch of a new console is typically barren with new quality games to play. That is a good time for players to check out their first Call of Duty game in a long time. Then, there are issues with Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 that could have caused players to download the alpha.

In the case of Modern Warfare, it was a great game, but its traditional multiplayer experience mixed in the community. While some didn’t mind the SMG metagame, others were not fans of it, including the Call of Duty League’s pro players.

All Platforms Can Check Out the Upcoming Beta

Then, the Black Ops 4 situation was the first game in the series to not launch with a singleplayer campaign. Cold War will potentially fix both of those problems. It makes sense that the community would be excited for a potential return to form for developer Treyarch.

But if you were on a different platform or didn’t download the alpha, you still have a chance to check it out soon. There will be an open beta in October that will likely be a much better glimpse of the full game. It will be on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

However, the PS4 platform will get another exclusive and start the beta early on Oct. 8, while Xbox and PC will have to wait until the following week on Oct. 15 to check it out alongside PS4. Cross-play will be available during that second weekend so you can see how it is to team up across platforms with friends.


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