One of the surprises from Sony’s PS5 event was that a free and public alpha for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War would be available for PlayStation 4 users starting September 18.
With that date rapidly approaching, Activision has now shared all of the key details for the alpha, covering how to get in, what maps and modes are available, and more. We’re rounding up all the key details here in this post, beginning with the dates.
Black Ops Cold War Alpha Dates And Pre-Loading
The alpha kicks off on September 18 at 10 AM PT, and it’s scheduled to end at the same time on September 20. As mentioned, this alpha is free on PS4, and a PS Plus subscription is not required, except in Germany.
Pre-loading for the Black Ops Cold War alpha is available right now, and the client is about 25 GB. You can find links to download the alpha below.
Modern Warfare and Warzone players can download the alpha from within the main menu of those games. Additionally, the alpha will let players move directly into Warzone, providing they have it installed, through a tab.
Everyone who plays the Black Ops Cold War alpha will receive a special calling card for use in Modern Warfare and Warzone right away, and later Cold War when it is released. An image of the calling card was not released, however.
There are three 6v6 modes in the alpha, and they are all familiar–they include Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed. In terms of maps, these include Miami, Moscow, Satellite, and you can see images of these maps in the gallery below to get an idea for what they look like.
More interestingly, the Cold War alpha lets you try Cold War’s brand-new Combined Arms: Domination mode. This is a 12v12 mode featuring large maps and vehicles like tanks, snowmobiles, wakerunners, and gunboats. Similar to the standard Domination, teams will capture and defend multiple objectives.
There are two Combined Arms: Domination maps available in the alpha, the first of which is Armada. This map takes place in the North Atlantic Ocean, and features three ships that players can move between either by swimming, taking a boat, or ziplining. Players need to control and hold capture points to win. Check out GameSpot’s gameplay video below to get an idea about how this all works.
The second Combined Arms: Domination map is Crossroads, and this one is completely different. Set in the frozen Soviet wilderness, this map features tanks and snowmobiles that you can use to zip around quickly. Being a large map, it’s also good for snipers.