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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.

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Will CoD: Vanguard have Zombies? Developer, maps, Outbreak & more

Call of Duty: Zombies has been a hugely popular mode for the franchise, but what will it be in Vanguard, and what will it be like?

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Call of Duty Zombies fans have been wondering whether Sledgehammer Games will bring the mode to Vanguard, and if so, what they can expect from it.

After players were finally able to get a taste of Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s Multiplayer during the Open Beta, players have been even more curious when it comes to the game’s other modes.

As we know from the reveal, Call of Duty: Vanguard will have a Campaign mode, which follows various characters across the global WWII fronts.

Many have been wondering whether Vanguard will have its own Zombies mode, and luckily we finally have some answers.

Will Call of Duty: Vanguard have Zombies?

Zombies in Call of Duty: Vanguard

In Call of Duty’s blog post announcing Vanguard, they gave fans a short description of what they can expect from the game.

It says that not only is a Campaign and Multiplayer mode confirmed for the game but a “universe-expanding Zombies crossover” is also mentioned. The blog also confirmed that the mode will intertwine with Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies, which is excellent for those who have enjoyed the Dark Aether story.

This makes a lot of sense, considering players have been finding hints and intel in Black Ops Cold War Zombies that reference the WWII time frame and a demonologist known as Krafft.

Vanguard’s Zombies will act as a precursor to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, with the content being available for the mode as soon as the game is launched on November 5.

Who will be developing Vanguard Zombies?

megaton boss enemy in cod cold war zombies

Sledgehammer Games have officially stated that Vanguard Zombies will indeed be developed by Treyarch, the developers who initially brought the mode to the Call of Duty experience.

“We’re excited to announce a franchise-first crossover as Call of Duty: Vanguard features an all-new Zombies game mode with development led by Treyarch Studios.”

Many will love this, as although Sledgehammer games provided a great experience in their take on Zombies back in Call of Duty: WWII, there’s no doubt that Treyarch has created the most memorable experiences for Zombies.

Will Vanguard feature Outbreak?

outbreak zombies in black ops cold war

While rumors have suggested that Vanguard Zombies will not have a round-based map for players to get into on launch, there will still be content for players to enjoy.

The content that will be available on launch is rumored to be inspired by Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak mode, with TheMW2Ghost claiming the mode will be as if “Outbreak, Onslaught, and Roundbased had a baby.” 

CoD: Vanguard Zombies maps

zombies enemies in outbreak

No official information has yet been revealed regarding the maps players can expect to see in the Vanguard Zombies mode. However, a leak has pointed towards the name of the first map being Ritual of the Dead.

It has also been speculated that the Season 6 Zombies map for Black Ops Cold War will tie into the first Vanguard Zombies map considering that the new Call of Duty game will be continuing the Dark Aether story.

We will continue to update this hub with all of the latest information for Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies when it is revealed.


For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the reason why hackers have already created cheats for the WWII first-person shooter, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Scump reveals the one thing he would change about CoD: Vanguard

2017 CoD World Champion Scump is a big fan of Vanguard, but thinks the game needs one major change before its November 5 release.

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is officially finished, and while pro player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner had a lot of fun, the 2017 World Champion revealed that he thinks ‘time-to-kill’ needs adjusting before its November release.

Call of Duty fans only had a few days to try out the Vanguard Beta, but players have already had their say about the game, and more specifically what they want to be changed, from spawn improvements to the removal of overpowered Field Upgrades.

For OpTic Gaming legend Scump though, the Vanguard Beta was definitely enjoyable, praising the gameplay, maps, and overall feel. Despite loving it though, there’s one thing he thinks should be changed: the Vanguard TTK.

Call of Duty vanguard hotel royal gameplay

In a new video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the Call of Duty legend admitted he “loved” to play Vanguard, saying: “Usually with betas, you get sick of it really quick. I played it for about 6 hours every day, that’s impressive for a beta.”

However, when talking about the game’s weapons, the 2017 World Champions revealed that he believes the time-to-kill is a little too low and needs to be adjusted slightly.

“The weapons were a lot of fun to use, the gunplay was great,” he states. “My one big quarrel with the gunplay though is the time-to-kill needs to be a little bit slower. It’s pretty quick on every single gun.”

“I wish the time-to-kill was a little bit slower. Maybe they’ll tweak that, maybe they won’t, but right now you put three bullets into someone and they drop which I don’t really agree with. It feels [kind of like] hardcore.”

Whether Sledgehammer Games will make any changes to the TTK remains to be seen, but the developers did listen to complaints from the community and make adjustments between the first and second beta weekends, so it is possible.

This may be a design choice though, with Scump mentioning that both Warzone and Modern Warfare have fast time-to-kills as well — two games that run on the same engine as Vanguard.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll know whether the devs have made any changes until Vanguard releases on November 5.

Image Credits: MLG / Sledgehammer Games

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CoD hackers explain how cheating in Warzone helped them crack Vanguard

Hackers found a way into Call of Duty: Vanguard before it’s full release. Sources have now claimed that Warzone may have held the secret.

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Many players were shocked to see that hackers had already made their way into the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Now, one hacker has revealed that the secret to breaking Vanguard came from Warzone.

The community has had its first extended look at CoD: Vanguard through the recently-ended Open Beta. This was fans’ chance to get to grips with the new maps, and the WWII aesthetic.

However, the fun was spoiled for some by cheaters that had already found a way to hack the game’s code. It has since been explained that it was past experiences with Warzone that helped them crack it.

Vanguard Hotel Royal map

Shortly after the much-anticipated Beta was opened up on September 16, players quickly began to notice that hacks like aimbots were already turning up in lobbies.

In some cases, cheaters had found a way to completely end matches early, which was frustrating fans because of the limited time they had to play the game over the course of the weekend.

In a report published by Vice, an industry source explained that it was their experience with previous titles like Warzone that paved the way for cheating in Vanguard.

“The core of the [Call of Duty] engine hasn’t changed much during the life of the franchise so porting a cheat from one game to another has always been very easy,” they said. The source also said that the code for Vanguard was very similar to that of Warzone or Modern Warfare.

According to CoD insider Tom Henderson, the Beta launched with the same protection against cheaters that is present in Warzone at the moment, which we already know has been ineffective.

In the same report, hack developer IWANTCHEATS also warned that its Vanguard cheats will work with the new Pacific Map coming as part of the integration into Warzone.

Unfortunately, we won’t know if this is true until more details surface about the updated anti-cheat system due to be added to the battle royale later this year. Fans will hope that their experiences with hackers won’t translate into the next CoD chapter.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out our guides on every Field Upgrade, and the best Assualt Rifles.

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