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How to play CoD Vanguard PlayStation Alpha: Dates, Download, Content, More

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s PlayStation Alpha is available now. Here’s how everything you need to know, including PS5 & PS4 download, content, dates, and more.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Open Alpha has been officially arrived for PlayStation players, giving players the chance to experience the new Champion Hill mode in Vanguard Multiplayer.

The Alpha being only on PlayStation continues Call of Duty’s longstanding partnership with Sony, which gives PlayStation players unique game modes, exclusive bundles, and first access to Betas.

The Alpha for Call of Duty: Vanguard will feature the newly announced Champion Hill mode, seeing players compete in 2v2 or 3v3 to be the last team standing.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha Dates

Call of Duty Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha dates

The Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation only Alpha will be available to play on Friday, August 27 at 10 AM PT and end on Sunday, August 29 at 10 AM PT.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha will be available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users via the PlayStation Store.

How to download & play Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha

Call of Duty Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha Operator

PlayStation players are now able to pre-download Vanguard Alpha for free from the PlayStation Store. There will be both a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 version of the Alpha.

Here’s how to download and play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha:

  1. Open the PlayStation Store on PS5 or PS4 (or visit the PS Store web here)
  2. Search ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’
  3. Select Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha
  4. Click ‘Download’
  5. Launch Vanguard from either the downloads screen or your home screen

To play the Vanguard alpha, players do not need to preorder the game. And, similar to years past, PlayStation Plus is not required. You just need to download and play once it’s available.

How big is Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Alpha?

The Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha is 20GB on PlayStation 5 and around 15-30GB on PlayStation 4 depending on your region.

What is Champion Hill Mode in Vanguard?

Call of Duty Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha Operators

The Open Alpha will feature an entirely new game mode called Champion Hill.

Champion Hill mode sees players compete in a series of rounds to be the last team standing. Champion Hill will feature 2v2 or 3v3 options, mixing battle royale, Gunfight elements, and more into a new experience.

The mode features teams going head to head in 4 different maps combined to create one large battleground. As players take down other teams, they continue to move up in the mode until there’s only one team standing.

Vanguard champion hill map

Here’s some more info from the Call of Duty Blog:

Now, Sledgehammer Games introduces Champion Hill, a tournament-style, multi-map, and multi-life game mode where tactics and strategy go beyond pulling a trigger.

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.

Vanguard Alpha Trailer

Will Vanguard’s Alpha be on Xbox and PC?

Vanguard’s Alpha will not be available on Xbox and PC. Because of Call of Duty’s partnership with Sony, only PlayStation players will get to play in the Alpha.

Xbox and PC players will need to wait until at least September 16 to play Vanguard, when the Open Beta goes live after PlayStation’s early access.

Champion Hill Alpha weapons

According to a new blog post from Sledgehammer Games, weapons will be persistent through matches, with ten upgrades per weapon. Each of these upgrades adds one attachment.

Weapon sets will rotate with both sets, including Assault Rifles, LMGs, Shotguns, and Pistols.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha Equipment

There will be six different pieces of equipment that players can use in the Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha. You can find these six pieces of equipment below:

  • MK2 Frag Grenade: Cookable Fragmentation Grenade.
  • No. 69 Stun Grenade: Slows victim’s movement and aiming.
  • Throwing Knife: Retrievable knife that is lethal when thrown at the body or head.
  • Gammon Bomb: Impact Grenade.
  • MK V Gas Grenade: Explodes on impact with the ground, releasing a lingering cloud of gear gas that causes slowed movement, blurred vision, and coughing.
  • S-Mine 44: Proximity-triggered explosive.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha perks

Players jumping into the Alpha will be able to purchase up to six perks when they are playing the Champion Hill game mode. These perks are consistent through matches and can be found below:

  • Ghost: Undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel, and Field Mics.
  • Survival Training: Maximized resistance to stun effects. Immune to gas.
  • High Alert: Your vision pulses when enemies outside of your view see you.
  • Tracker: Enemies leave behind a footprint trail. See markers at enemy death locations and hide the death markers of enemies you kill.
  • Demolition: Extra lethal on spawn. Thrown lethals display an indicator showing the path of the lethal.
  • Double Time: Double the duration of Tactical Sprint. Increase crouch movement speed by 30%.

Champion Hill Alpha streaks

A total of seven different streaks will be available for players to use to help them eliminate enemies and achieve victory during the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha.

These streaks will automatically activate in the next match after they are purchased.

You can find all of the streaks that will be available for players to use during the Champion Hill technical test below:

  • Spy Plane: Calls in a spy plane which reveals all enemy positions on the minimap to allies. Can’t be shot down. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Flamenaut: Receive a flamethrower with unlimited fuel and a protective suit. Both lost on death. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Deathmachine: Equips a machine gun with explosive rounds and a fixed number of bullets. Persists through death until ammo is depleted. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • V2 Rocket: Activates instantly, and drops a V2 Rocket, killing all players and ending the match.
  • Extra Life: Gain 1 additional life for your team.
  • Armor Plate: A single piece of Armor.
  • Full Armor: Full set of armor plates.
Champion Hill Alpha Operator Polina

That is all of the currently known information regarding the Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill, which is expected to be an exciting experience, as it will be the first time players get to jump into the next entry in the fan-favorite franchise.

Full details on Call of Duty: Vanguard’s main MP mode offering will also be announced in the coming weeks, starting with the official Multiplayer reveal on September 7.

Image Credit: Activision

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Creepy Vanguard bug turns dead bodies into objective obsessed demons

Vanguard’s latest bug is eerily turning dead bodies into animated corpses that are obsessed with playing the objective.

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Sub Pens Vanguard bug dead bodies

Vanguard players will finally be relieved to see teammates dedicated to playing the objective as a new bug is turning dead bodies into unkillable demons. These seemingly possessed corpses can still earn objective points in what looks like the weirdest Call of Duty bug of all time.

Vanguard rolled out a minor update on January 27 that adjusted the Fortified and Cold Blooded Perks while also fixing certain spawns. Although CoD fans were happy to see the game receive minor tuning before Season 2’s major update, it seems another issue is afoot.

This new bug is turning dead bodies into gliding corpses that cannot be killed while they continue to earn objective points for their team.

Sub Pens Vanguard map

As of now, it’s unclear whether the glitch can occur on all Vanguard maps, but the two separate videos shared to the Vanguard subreddit showcase the bug on the Sub Pens map.

Sub Pens is far from a fan-favorite map and this new bug might offer players another reason to avoid it altogether.

After an enemy body appears in the Patrol point, the capture point goes from blue to yellow which indicates the point is contested. When the player looks for the enemy contesting the point, they’re shocked to see a dead body with its back to the floor scamper around the objective.

The player then attempts to unload a clip into the possessed corpse only to find out that the bullets are useless. Furthermore, the red nameplate showcasing the player ID indicates that the enemy player is technically still active.

Despite how frustrating Vanguard’s multiplayer experience has become with the number of bugs and glitches it’s difficult not to look at this video and chuckle. It seems as though the enemy player maintains control of the corpse as it continues to contest the moving objective.

Hopefully, the devs identify the issue and roll out a fix to make Sub Pens safe again. When a fix is available, we’ll be sure to update this article so stay tuned.


For more Vanguard news check out when the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event is.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard devs finally buff Perk to counter dogs Killstreaks

Vanguard’s dogs Killstreaks were so powerful because there was no counter, but that all changed after the devs buffed a Perk on January 27.

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Attack Dogs in CoD Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard players had no defense against the powerful Attack Dogs Killstreak, but the January 27 update buffed a Perk to finally counter dogs.

Attack Dogs first arrived in Call of Duty: World at War, allowing players to deploy a pack of vicious hounds that would hunt down enemies. They returned in Vanguard, but not without their issues. These dogs terrorized players by teleporting, and frustrated players wanted to see them nerfed.

Part of the reason they were so powerful was that there was no direct counter, but that changed in Vanguard’s January 27 update, with the Cold Blooded Perk now countering Attack Dogs.

Vanguard Cold Blooded Perk counters dogs Killstreaks

Dog Killstreak in Call of Duty Vanguard

Vanguard’s multiplayer drastically changes when a player reaches a 10 Killstreak and calls in the Attack Dogs. The player just needs to sit back as these AI-controlled hounds hunt down every enemy on the opposite team, killing them in one bite and sponging a ton of bullets.

Vanguard players have been desperate for Sledgehammer Games to either nerf the dogs or buff a Perk to counter them. This finally happened, with Vanguard’s January 27 patch notes confirming: “Cold Blooded now protects against dogs.”

Cold Blooded Perk in CoD Vanguard

Cold Blooded’s description has always read: “AI-controlled killstreaks will not target you.” So, this was likely a mistake rather than a feature, and it’s since been corrected.

Alongside being able to hide from player-controlled Killstreaks and the Forward Intel Perk, the Guard Dog and Attack Dogs will no longer target you. This will be especially useful on small maps such as Shipment and Das Haus, as it can be almost impossible to get away from them in the close-quarters chaos.

Sledgehammer Games are also investigating an issue where Cold Blooded breaks aim assist. However, players have also started reporting that they’re losing aim assist against non-Cold Blooded players too.

Hopefully, Sledgehammer Games can get on top of these glitches soon, perhaps February’s Season 2 update that brings Ranked Play.

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Vanguard players beg devs to fix aim assist glitch making game “unplayable”

Aim assist issues are being reported by Call of Duty: Vanguard players, as they call for the devs to implement a fix.

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Vanguard operators holding weapons

Vanguard players are reporting aim assist issues in the multiplayer mode which is making the game “unplayable.”

Despite recent updates and the ultimate delay of Season 2, Vanguard players are continuing to experience issues that have supposedly been in the game since launch.

With Ranked play coming soon to the game, players are hoping for fixes, with players calling for the devs to look into an aim assist bug that is making the game “unplayable.”

vanguard gun fire

Reddit user Proud_Penguin123 reported the aim assist bug to the Vanguard subreddit with the intention of “trying to raise awareness for it.”

Apparently, this issue has been happening since the start of Season 1 and is causing something funky to happen with aim assist for players on console. The user is reporting that they are not getting any “aim assist slowdown” when dragging aim over enemy players.

The explains in the post that they are experiencing the issues on Xbox Series X, and that they know they are “not the only player experiencing this,” as their brother is having the same problem.

Others in the comments are also sharing similar experiences, with one comment stating: “Same issue here with the Series X. I’ve tried everything including testing a new controller. Whatever it is the aim is off and it’s unplayable. Even with crossplay off it’s too frustrating to play so I’ve given up.”

Players are even experiencing the same issue on other consoles as well, as some comments under the post suggest that the bug is also on PlayStation.

It seems the issue may be much bigger and something that the devs will hopefully be aware of. Whenever a fix is available, we will be sure to cover it so stay tuned.


For more, check out Vanguard’s fastest killing guns in Season 1.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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