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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta raising level cap, adding another map and mode

Plus, Treyarch reveals only 10 percent of players have reached the current level cap.

The ongoing Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta on PlayStation 4 is expanding with new maps, modes, and more. Treyarch has announced that, starting August 21 at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, the beta will introduce the following new content (via CharlieIntel):

  • New mode: Uplink (bringing total number of modes to eight)
  • New map: Stronghold (bringing total number of maps to four)
  • New level cap: 34 (lets you unlock new items such as the VMP SMG, Reaper Specialist, Power Core scorestreak, and the H.A.T.R. scorestreak)

According to Treyarch senior design director David Vonderhaar, less than 10 percent of Black Ops III multiplayer beta players had reached the current level cap as of 10 p.m. PT on August 20.

That the Black Ops III multiplayer is expanding with new content is not much of surprise. Before the beta even launched, Treyarch listed it as having "7+ maps" and "3+ modes," suggesting more would be added.

The Black Ops III multiplayer beta started for PS4 on Wednesday, August 19, and runs through Sunday, August 23. Xbox One and PC users will get to play August 26-30. The beta, the first Call of Duty public beta in years, will not be held on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

For lots more on the Black Ops III multiplayer beta, be sure to read GameSpot's list of top five tips to help you improve your performance. Also note that progress made during the beta will not transfer to the full game.

Following the beta, the full version of Black Ops III lands on all platforms on November 6.