Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 isn't out until Friday, but as with most games, you can pre-load it on PC so you can begin playing it on release. However, users on Reddit have reportedly discovered a way to pre-load the upcoming shooter without actually owning a code.

Redditor CrypticPlayer discovered that the beta install for Black Ops 4 can be updated to the full version of the game (if it's still on your PC), as Battle.net automatically checks for any updates for your installed games. 

Not only that, but another user called Mendecj812 has found that you don't even need the beta install to get the full version of the military shooter downloaded. To do this, head to where Battle.net is installed and right-click while hitting Shift. Next, select 'Open PowerShell Window Here' and you can type in code that will initiate the download.

All that's left to do then is type .\Battle.net.exe --game=viper --install and you're good to go. This reportedly works for Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Obviously, you still need to buy Black Ops 4 in order to play it come release day, but this saves you some time as it means all of the files are already in place. Just pop in your code in at launch and you're away.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is due out on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on October 12.

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