It's almost time for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Beta testing period, and fans are already unhappy.
The Beta hasn't even begun yet and Call of Duty fans are angry at the upcoming trial. The reason for this outrage mostly centers around the Early Access Beta and how difficult it is to take part.
For starters, it seems that those who have already purchased the game may still be locked out of the Early Access. Call of Duty fans have to jump through specific hoops to be in at a chance to play early.
How to get a Black Ops Cold War Beta Code
To get your hands on a Black Ops Cold War Early Access Beta code is a simple enough process. Unfortunately, those who have already pre-ordered a physical copy of the game will find it harder to acquire.
Although the Open Beta won't require any form of code, the Early Access is harder to access. To gain an Early Access pass, players must pre-order the game digitally.
Then, they will be emailed a code to download and take part in the Black Ops Cold War Early Access Beta. No physical retailers can offer this code, which is leading to a lot of fans being made very unhappy.
There are a few other ways to get Cold War Early Access, but these are perhaps even less convenient:
Twitter user Phrenzy mentions that they have a beta code from watching the Call of Duty 2020 Championship finals. Of course, this is no longer accessible, but those that tuned in should be checking their emails.
Another user also points out that Xfinity customers get automatic access to the Beta. For UK readers, Sky is offering a similar promotion.
While it isn't likely worthwhile signing up for the services just to play Call of Duty a few days early, there may be those players that don't realize they already have access to the Beta.
An Easy Way to Get Black Ops Cold War Beta Early Access
One workaround that will allow Call of Duty fans to get Early Access no matter how they've bought the game is more simple than it sounds. That said, it does require a substantial cost, at least for a little while.
Even if you're planning to buy a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War, you can pre-order the digital version. This should net you Early Access to the Beta, and you can join others in enjoying the game first.
After the Beta, you can then refund the title and get your money back. There should be no issue doing so, as the game is yet to launch.
Then you can purchase the physical copy you want on release. This method does require buying a full-price game for a while but, in theory, you'll get the money back in the end.
Of course, you could simply wait until the free-to-play Black Ops Cold War beta launches just a few days later. For those desperate to see the new Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Beta maps though, this is an easy solution.
We've got all the details on the Black Ops Cold War Beta schedule. Players looking to play should be certain they don't miss the upcoming dates.