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How to Play the Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Alpha

Prepare to engage in your first deniable operations with the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Alpha.

Prepare to engage in your first deniable operations. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Alpha runs this weekend. It’s available for pre-load now, and you can get all the info on where and how to download the Alpha right here.

Watch the Black Ops Cold War Alpha Trailer

How do I play?

The Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Alpha will be available exclusively for PlayStation 4 players from Friday, September 18th at 10AM PT to Sunday, September 20th at 10AM PT. However, Activision tends to release their Alpha and Beta clients ahead of time, unannounced, to ease the load on servers - stay tuned to @CODTracker on Twitter to be notified when it goes live.

Head over to the PlayStation Store and download it, no code or purchase necessary! The download size of the Alpha is roughly 25GB. PlayStation Plus is not required for most players; However, those in select regions, such as Germany, may be required to have an online subscription.

Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War - Alpha
The Black Ops Cold War Alpha is FREE to all PS4™ players. The Alpha starts September 18th and ends September 20th. PlayStation®Plus Subscription not required*.<br /><br />Deniable Operations are a GO! B
PlayStation Store listing for the Black Ops Cold War Alpha

Do note that the Multiplayer Alpha is entirely separate from the upcoming Multiplayer Beta that will be available across all platforms in October.

What's included?

This is an Alpha build of the Multiplayer experience designed to provide the developers at Treyarch with the crucial data they need to continue tuning Multiplayer, and to give players a small taste of what to expect in the final version. Please note that everything you’ll see, hear, and play is still in development, and you’ll have access to just a slice of the full content planned for November 13th.

You may see some placeholders for game features that won’t be available in the Alpha, like the return of Theater mode. On the other hand, there are also plenty of Black Ops Cold War features that Treyarch is planning for the full game that you won’t see in the Alpha, including Finishing Moves, Weapon Inspect, the ability to toggle certain HUD elements in Settings, and much more.


  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)


  • Combined Arms: Domination (12v12)
  • Team Deathmatch (6v6)
  • Domination (6v6)
  • Kill Confirmed (6v6)
  • Hardpoint (6v6) (Added Saturday, Sept. 19th)


Assault Rifles

  • XM4
  • Krig 6
  • AK-47

Submachine Guns

  • Type 821
  • AK-74u
  • + more

Tactical Rifles

  • M16
  • Type 63

Light Machine Guns

  • RPD

Sniper Rifles

  • LW3 - Tundra
  • Pelington 703


  • 1911
  • Diamatti


  • Hauer 77
  • Gallo SA12

Tactical Equipment

  • Smoke Grenade
  • Stun Grenade

Lethal Equipment

  • Frag
  • C4

Field Upgrades

  • Proximity Mine
  • SAM Turret
  • Jammer
  • Field Mic


Category 1

  • Engineer
  • Tactical Mask
  • Flak Jacket

Category 2

  • Scavenger
  • Quartermaster
  • Tracker

Category 3

  • Cold Blooded
  • Ghost
  • Ninja


  • Danger Close: Equip extra lethal and tactical equipment, and start with max ammo.
  • Law Breaker: Equip any weapon in either slot and equip any Perks.
  • Gunfighter: Unlocks 3 additional attachment slots for your primary weapon.
  • Perk Greed: Equip 3 extra Perks.


  • RC-XD
  • Spy Plane
  • Artillery
  • Napalm Strike
  • Air Patrol
  • War Machine
  • Attack Helicopter
  • Chopper Gunner


  • Adler (MACV/SOG, CIA)
  • Sims (MACV/SOG)
  • Baker (Navy Seal)
  • Garcia (DGI)
  • Portnova (KGB)
  • Stone (Mil-Sim)
  • Song (Mil-Sim)
  • Vargas (Mil-Sim)
  • Hunter (Mil-Sim)
  • Powers (Mil-Sim)

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