After much anticipation the next iteration of CoD Black Ops will be beta testing for both Xbox One and PC from August 26th- 30th. This is a few days after the conclusion of the PS4 beta which is August 19th-23rd.
Activision has decided to partner with Sony as opposed to Microsoft for this title and moving forward. Sony had built on the relationship made during the creation of Destiny. Adam Boyes, PlayStation VP of Publisher & Developer Relations, was personally invited to come preview the game by Activision. Saying:
“We fell in love instantly,” Boyes said describing the game as “transformative” for its various new features.
“As soon as I started playing it, I said, ‘This feels incredible! You can wallride!’ It’s just so smooth; it’s almost like poetic. And so obviously, we just continued talking with our partners at Activision and worked something out. And now we’ve got I think a great benefit to all the gamers.”
At this time there is no information available as to what will be available during this beta, which players will have to preorder a physical or digital copy to gain access to.
As with other Black Ops series this will include a Zombie mode called “Shadow of Evil”. The take on this, however, is very different to the past. Touted as being the deepest form yet, the star studded cast will include Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman, and Robert Picardo. The setting is 1940s and our heroes have met under “mysterious circumstances” and wish to unravel the mysteries of the world. With other Easter Eggs have been announced to be in game, yet no details released, just to keep us guessing.
Beyond all this is something even better. Activision and and online charity donation site called Omaze have made a contest called the Call of Duty Endowment to get people to donate to help get veterans back into the work force here at home. For donations players will be drawn at random to have a chance to get their likeness in the game on some zombies as well as more chances to win prizes like a juggernaught mini fridge or even a walk-on-role on the set of a future game trailer filming if your willing to part with enough money.
The all important release date is slated for November 6th for PC, and current gen consoles. As well as PS3 and Xbox 360.