Aug 15, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’ 15GB Beta File To Hit PlayStation 4 On Aug. 19; Sony Becomes Activision’s New Partner

By Alex Cruz

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" will be rolling out the beta client, which would reportedly be around 15 GB in size. Gamepur learned through the published Beta FAQ of Activision that players will be receiving an email first which will contain the beta codes.

The beta version will include three maps, each designed to show a new set of environment and design, according to Sentinel Republic.

The FAQ states that the release will start with PlayStation 4, beginning at 12 A.M. PST on Aug. 19. Then, it will be on a rolling basis for Xbox One and PC users on Aug. 26, also at 12 A.M. PST.

Furthermore, it stated that the download time for the full-pack content will vary, depending on the location, server traffic and connection speed.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" is a PS4 exclusive per Activision's agreement with Sony. During E3, Eric Hirshberg, chief executive officer of Activision Publishing, said that the partnership with the Japan-based company was a right decision at the moment.

"They've been a great partner on Destiny, and they have a ton of momentum with the PS4 and really got behind this thing," Hirshberg said.

"They wanted to see that deal on their platform, he added. "We're going to make it work.

Part of the deal was the 30-day platform timed exclusive release of "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" DLC in PlayStation, Eurogamer reported. It means that the multiplayer beta will launches on the PS4 first before it reaches other platforms.

Microsoft Executive Kudo Tsunoda was asked by Eurogamer how the company is viewing this shift. He said that it didn't change anything, and added that "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" will still be coming out on Xbox One this year.

The five-year timed Xbox exclusivity for the game ends in Sept. 3. This end of era will bring the future "Call of Duty" franchises to its new home — Sony's PlayStation.

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