Call of Duty Cold War Alpha Begins This Week, Free for All PS4 Users
PlayStation 4 owners are getting an early treat from Raven Software and Treyarch, as they will be launching the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War alpha on Sept. 18.
The alpha will run from September Sept. 18-20 and will begin at 10 a.m. PT. This is in advance of the open beta, which will run on all platforms next month.
Activision’s partnership with PlayStation is to thank for this early treat and carries over from their partnership from Modern Warfare. The big surprise was that we would get to play the game far earlier than expected, with gameplay having just been revealed, and details dropped on pro play moving back to 4v4.
Additionally, Treyarch and Raven Software revealed the game’s campaign in an exclusive first look trailer during the PlayStation 5 All-Access event.
How to Access the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Alpha
Players will be able to preload the 25 GB alpha on Sept. 17, the day before the Cold War Alpha begins. To do so, search for the game on the PlayStation Store, and the option to preload will be available for all PlayStation Plus users, no code required.
The Cold War beta, shared across platforms, will be available on Oct. 8 for PlayStation and other consoles on Oct. 15.
This alpha will likely be used to test servers, balance early weapons, as well as get general feedback from audiences on anything Treyarch needs to adjust before the game goes live.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Teases Combined Arms Mode
In addition to the alpha, a new 6v6 mode called Combined Arms was teased.
“A 12v12 battle that combines infantry and vehicular gameplay, Combined Arms is a larger-scale mode where the action is tailed to the environment it takes place within,” Activision said about the Combined Arms mode. “Depending on the map, vehicles such as Tanks, Snowmobiles, Attack Helicopters or Wakerunners will amplify and advance the action alongside traditional gunfights, allowing for jaw-dropping moments right in the middle of an intense engagement.”
Given that we already know that Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War will be moving back to 4v4 for pro play, it’s clear that this mode will be one for more casual players and not professionals. This mode will be available to play in the alpha test, along with more traditional modes.