The Call of Duty: WWII Private Beta is now live. This is the first of two weekends, and is currently exclusive to PlayStation 4. It’ll end on August 28 at 10am PT. The second weekend will be on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That weekend will start on September 1 at 10am PT and will end on September 4 at 10am PT.
“Bringing Call of Duty: WWII to life has been a tremendous honor,” said Michael Condrey, the studio head of developer Sledgehammer Games. “We can’t wait for fans to help test it beginning today with the Private Multiplayer Beta. This Beta is an incredible opportunity for us to hear from fans about their experiences and work together with the community to fine-tune and polish the game for its release this November.”
Players will be able to participate in the game’s War Mode. In this mode players must “work as a team to defeat the enemy.” Here’s how Activision describes the mode:
Fight for control of a war-torn French village west of St. Lo, an important operation in the Allied push onward and out of the beachhead at Normandy. Allied and Axis forces clash for control of a strategic manor to secure a forward operating position. Bridge construction, ammo depot demolition and tank escorts are key strategic tasks in this do or die mission to dominate the enemy. Choose your equipment wisely – every decision can mean the difference between victory and defeat in this narrative-driven, objective-based multiplayer experience – a first for Call of Duty.
Three maps are currently playable. Here’s how Activision describes all three:
Ardennes Forest: Battle through the frigid snow-covered forest of the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, the brutal final major offensive effort by the German army to punch through the Allied front lines. Engagements are fast and deadly in the dangerous, snow-covered woodland ruins. Stay alert in this medium size map fortified with emplaced MG42 machine guns waiting to annihilate enemy combatants.
Gibraltar: Battle through the fortified bastion and steep cliffs of Gibraltar, built as a strategic defense of the Mediterranean Sea and a major refueling and supply station for the Allied forces during WWII. Prepare for multilevel combat engagements and treacherous terrain in one of the most densely fortified and fought over places in Europe. Don’t neglect the lower lane, and use the defense batteries there to pick off flankers.
Pointe du Hoc: Fight through a fortified network of German bunker complexes atop the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, an important strategic target overlooking the beaches of Normandy. Engage in fast-paced, close-quarters combat in the trenches, or flank the enemy in a brutal fight to lock down the nearby farmhouse and bunkers for control of key access routes to the bluff.
They also revealed that those that participate in the Call of Duty: WWII beta will receive a special combat pack. Here’s the full details via Activision’s blog:
Players of the Private Multiplayer Beta will also receive the Private Multiplayer Beta Combat Pack when the game launches on November 3rd. The pack includes a specially-themed Private Multiplayer Beta Helmet, Calling Card, and Emblem. Wear them with pride in multiplayer after launch and prove to the world that you were there from the start.
Call of Duty: WWII releases on November 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.