Call of Duty: Black Ops III isn't due until Nov. 6, but you can experience the game's high-tech first-person shooting action much sooner than that. Activision has revealed the official details on the game's multiplayer beta, which launches on August 19 for PS4 owners, and on August 26 for those on Xbox One and PC.
In order to get into the beta, you'll need to pre-order a copy of the game for either PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. You'll be eligible for a code whether you reserve the game at retailers such as Amazon or GameStop, or pre-purchase it digitally on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Steam. Once you have a beta code, you can redeem it here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the latest futuristic take on the massively popular shooter series, featuring a four-player co-operative campaign, a wealth of multiplayer options and an all-new, noir-inspired Zombies mode.
While PlayStation 4 gamers get first crack at the beta, everyone will get to test Black Ops III's multiplayer for an equal amount of time. The PS4 beta will run from August 19 to August 23, while the Xbox One and PC beta will start on August 26 and run through August 30. This is much more fair than how Activision handled last year's Destiny beta, which lasted significantly longer on PlayStation systems than it did on Xbox.
Pre-ordering Black Ops III is the only way to fully secure your chance at the beta, but we recommend keeping an eye out for random code giveaways from around the Web. There's no beta planned for Xbox 360 and PS3, so those clinging to their older systems will have to wait until the game's November release. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the beta, as well as our full review later this year.