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The life cycle of Call of Duty: Vanguard is in full swing and players will soon have the chance to play it. Over the weekend, Sledgehammer Games let players see some extra gameplay of Vanguard in the form of a new trailer. The trailer showcased the Champion Hill game mode, which is what the open alpha will revolve around. The studio also released information surrounding multiplayer and its open beta.

The open alpha and beta are taking place soon, and players want all of the details on how to play both. Call of Duty: Vanguard is following a similar process to previous titles but some players might need a refresher on how to access the alpha and beta.

Accessing the Vanguard open alpha and beta

Open Alpha

The open alpha is taking place this weekend from Friday, Aug. 27 to Sunday, Aug. 29. Unfortunately, for any non-PlayStation player, the alpha is only available on the Sony-owned platform. If players are on PlayStation 4 or 5, the alpha is open and free for all on the console.

The pre-download for the alpha is now live in the PS Store. All players need to do is search for the Vanguard alpha, download its files and wait for Friday to roll around. Champion Hill is all players will be able to access, but they can also see some of the settings for Vanguard as well.

Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha settings
Some of the settings for Vanguard. | Provided by Activision

Open Beta

The open beta will focus solely on multiplayer. Players will have access to a small portion of multiplayer in the beta. This means a set amount of weapons, maps, game modes and other features — like killstreaks — will be open to players.

The reveal for multiplayer is set for Sept. 7, with the open beta following on Sept. 10. The first weekend of the beta will be exclusive to PlayStation players that have pre-ordered any version of Vanguard. This pre-order can be digital or placed in a retailer like Gamestop. However, if players pre-order digitally, they gain immediate access to a weapon blueprint in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

Players that aren’t on PlayStation will have access on Sept. 16. From Sept. 16-17, only pre-orders on Xbox and PC, along with PlayStation users, will have access. Then, on Sept. 18, the beta will go live for all platforms and players. This means that a pre-order isn’t necessary to play. Players can simply download the application on their platform of choice.

Vanguard open beta
The dates for the Vanguard multiplayer reveal and open betas. | Provided by Activision

Once Sept. 20 hits, the open beta will close. Vanguard fully releases on Nov. 5. During this period, and throughout the alpha and beta, fans can provide feedback to Sledgehammer Games about various aspects of Vanguard. In the past, the studio has listened to what the community says, so any feedback may be valuable.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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