Call of Duty: WWII is set to release on November 3, but those who simply can’t wait to check out Activision’s return to the second world war can get in a bit early via the beta test. There’s a catch, though. Right now, pre-ordering is the only confirmed path to the test.
Pre-ordering Call of Duty: WWII gets you into the beta, and pre-ordering on PlayStation 4 gets you in even earlier. As of now, Activision has only confirmed that pre-ordering gets you into the beta.
Right now, the beta is only set to play on consoles. The previous game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, was tested only on consoles, and so was Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. With the openness of the PC platform and how easy it is to rifle through files looking for secrets, exploits, and surprises, developers don’t like putting their games at risk. Especially not a game as big as this one.
Activision and developer Sledgehammer have not yet announced when the beta will happen, though mid-October is a good bet based on when Activision has run previous beta tests.
And as to whether or not the beta will expand from pre-orders into an open beta? It’d be a good idea, as Activision needs to really stress their servers. But keeping people pre-ordering is a priority. Don’t pre-order games.
Call of Duty: WWII hits on November 3 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.