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So you saw the official Call of Duty: WWII reveal trailer and you're eager to jump in on the multiplayer World War II action? Luckily, there's a private beta on its way. But there's some terms, conditions, and information you need to know.

And yes, you have to pre-order to get a shot on the battlefield.

Curious for more info on the beta? Here's everything we know so far:

  • Like we said, this is a private beta. If you want in, you have to pre-order. The reveal trailer hints that codes are limited, too, so it's better to act now than wait if you know you want to try the game.
  • However, GamesRadar+ states that you're automatically set to play Call of Duty: WWII's private beta if you pre-order via the Xbox Store or through the PlayStation Store. So beta and code availability may be more complicated
  • GamesRadar+ also notes that the beta is only available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you pre-order the PC version, you won't be able to participate.
  • There's a minimum of three days within the private beta, and the starting date is still to be declared. So we don't know for certain yet how long players will be able to hop in, just that you'll be able to play for at least three days.
  • The official Call of Duty website also drops a major point: the private beta begins first on PlayStation 4.
  • Oh, and platform start dates depend on the system in question. So yeah, if your friend is on Xbox, but you're on PlayStation... don't expect to compare stats right away.

One last sucker punch:

  • Experience won't carry from the beta into the full game. Sorry!

Aw, dang. That's pretty common, though, so we'll take it.

What Can We Expect? Let's Look Back!

So, what can we expect to get with the upcoming private beta? It's hard to say from here, but we can pick up some clues thanks to previous pre-order betas that Activision hosted for Call of Duty.

Back when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was about to come out, Activision threw together a pre-order beta that ran from October 14th to October 17th on PlayStation 4 during Week 1, and then October 21st to October 24th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during Week 2. In the beta, players got the chance to play through three maps: Frontier, Frost, and Throwback. Four game modes were also included: Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and the Defender "keep away" mode.

Activision previously hosted a beta for another Call of Duty title, too. Call of Duty: Black Ops III featured a multiplayer beta with three maps and seven game modes. That beta ran much earlier, during August, and let players sample the game ahead of time.

Comparing Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare side-to-side gives a pretty clear picture of what to expect when the Call of Duty: WWII beta lands sometime later this year. Here's our speculation below:

  • The WWII private beta will most likely feature several game modes taking place on three or four maps. Ranking up will be limited, but you'll be able to play with the multiplayer mode's customization a bit.
  • The private beta's format looks very similar to Infinite Warfare's. Expect a PlayStation 4-only week followed by a combined week with Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This explains the "minimum" term and condition: Xbox players will probably only get three days to play around.
  • Expect a new game mode or feature to be sampled in the beta.
  • Lastly, don't hold your breath. This beta isn't coming right away. Expect it closer to late summer at the earliest, October at the latest.

That's all the info we can muster from looking at past betas. Keep checking back as more info develops, and remember -- if you want to get into the beta, the only way so far is to pre-order.

Are you going to pre-order Call of Duty: WWII? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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