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Call of Duty Vanguard beta: When is the Vanguard beta? Can I play Alpha on Xbox and PC?


The Call of Duty Vanguard beta will be the first chance all gamers will have to join and play the new shooter in 2021.

Activision revealed its latest game earlier this month, confirming a WWII setting for its next COD game.

This was done through a special Warzone event, making it possible to take down an enemy train, unlock rewards, and watch a new Vanguard trailer.

And now, Activision has confirmed its plans to start testing the new Call of Duty game, which is set to integrate with Warzone later this year directly.


The Call of Duty Vanguard beta will be the second official test conducted by developers Sledgehammer Games and has a scheduled release date of September 10 on PlayStation platforms.

Activision is sticking to its exclusivity deals with Sony, meaning that there will be delays for gamers on Xbox and PC.

The good news is that September will include an open beta period for all platforms, which will be held between September 18 and September 20.

A message from Activision explains: “After a worldwide Multiplayer Reveal on Tuesday, September 7, get ready to experience the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta! This will be held over two weekends: from Friday, September 10 to Monday, September 13, and Thursday, September 16 to Monday, September 20.

“The first weekend – September 10 to September 13 – will be for PlayStation owners who have pre-ordered the game.

“The second weekend will be considered an Open Beta in its entirety for PlayStation owners. Those on other platforms will need to pre-order the game to access the first two days of the Beta (September 16 and 17), before it becomes an Open Beta for all platforms from Saturday, September 18 to Monday, September 20 at 10 AM PT.”

The Alpha will be based around the game’s new Champion Hill mode, with Sledgehammer telling fans this week:

“In Champion Hill, your squad — either a Duo (2v2) or Trio (3v3) during the Alpha — will compete in a round-robin deathmatch tournament against other squads. Your mission is to reduce all other squads’ life count to zero before your whole squad is eliminated.

“Everyone starts with the same Loadout, and while it can be lethal, collecting Cash — earned by taking enemy lives and picking up drops scattered around the map — will allow you to upgrade your starting weapons and purchase new armaments, equipment, Perks, and Killstreaks during Buy Rounds that happen between Combat Rounds.

“Champion Hill also takes place on one large map split up into five sections. Specifically, there is a central Buy Station Area and four arenas for Combat Rounds: the Airstrip, the Trainyard, the Market, and the Courtyard.

“Once you are eliminated, you can watch how the tournament ends from the Buy Station Area spectator platform, but ideally, you survive long enough to see victory for yourself.”

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