Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ping System Debuting in Beta

Published: October 7, 2020 2:30 PM /


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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is kicking off the first wave of its beta tomorrow and it has a little surprise for players — a Call of Duty ping system is making its debut in the newest version of the popular first-person shooter franchise.

If you haven't been keeping up with this game, you might not know that the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta starts tomorrow for PS4 players. We learned a fair amount about multiplayer gameplay when the beta was announced, but it seems that the developers haven't yet introduced all of the new features coming to the game — until now.

Check out all of the cool new stuff coming for PS4 players in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Trailer!

How Does the New Call of Duty Ping System Work?

The new Call of Duty ping system will be well-familiar to Apex Legends players; in fact, it's going to replicate many of the features found in Respawn Entertainment's Battle Royale.

"For the first time in Black Ops Multiplayer, we’re adding a locational Ping system as a feature across all MP modes, allowing you to ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies for your teammates during a match," read a blog post on Treyarch's website.

As with some other games, players will also be able to double-tap the Ping button (which is D-Pad left by default on consoles) to highlight a dangerous area to your allies. PC players will be getting a dedicated "Danger Ping" keybind that they can press instead.

When Does the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Start?

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta starts tomorrow, October 8, 2020, at 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT. The open beta for PS4 runs from October 10–12, followed by a PC & Xbox Early Access open beta on October 15–16 and an open beta for all platforms on October 17–19. PS4 players will need 23GB of free space to install the beta.

Unfortunately, the first wave of the beta will only be open to PS4 players who have already pre-ordered the game; you can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent and still make it in time.

What do you think of the new Call of Duty ping system? Do you think it will change the dynamic of the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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