For everyone who pre-ordered the upcoming Call of Duty: WW2, Activision has a special private beta on the horizon. The multiplayer beta was kept under wraps for the longest time, forcing gamers to ponder exactly what it would contain. Well, Sledgehammer Games finally detailed what you can expect from the Call of Duty: WW2 private beta.
The news rolled out over on the official Activision Community website, where it was announced that the beta will take place on August 25th on the PS4. This comes ahead of the November release date for the game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The Call of Duty: WW2 beta will feature three multiplayer maps that include Pointe Du Hoc, Ardennes, and Gibraltar.
There will be a War Mode featuring Operation Breakout, Team Deathmatch, Domination and Hardpoint present during the beta.
Progression will also be limited during the beta, but you will be able to go from Rank 1 up to a set point that includes unlocking certain weapons, scorestreaks, equipment and skills in order for Sledgehammer and Raven Software to test certain features and functionality.
The post also details what won't be in the private multiplayer beta, noting that Headquarters, Supply Droops, Loot, eSports, full progression and other War Mode features will not be present during the private beta.
One thing that is explained in the post is that two of the modes are brand new to the Call of Duty franchise, including the Divisions and the War Mode. The Divisions will replace the previous Pick 10 Create-a-Class system that was used in previous outings such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, both of which allowed players to create their own character. This was also featured in last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but it was a system utilized through what was called Combat Rigs, which featured customizable classes.
For Call of Duty: WW2 the Divisions will allow players to join one of five groups, which will allow players to designate their role either as Infantry, Expeditionary, Airborne, Armored, or the Mountain Division. Players will be able to swap back and forth between divisions in order to unlock new ranks within that group.
The final version of the Divisions won't be featured in the private beta, and Sledgehammer notes that this will be fine-tuned and tweaked leading up to the game's release.
There's also a mysterious new War Mode, but there aren't many details let loose about how this mode works exactly, other than that Sledgehammer has been working with Raven Software to develop it.
The beta isn't just about the new game modes, player customization, and the introduction of the Divisions. The beta will also allow Sledgehammer to stress test servers, find compatibility issues, and monitor feedback for performance. So the beta will also serve the traditional role that most other beta tests are used for ahead of a game's launch.
You can look for Call of Duty: WW2 to launch on home consoles and PC later this year, starting November 3rd.