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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

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

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?

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.

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.

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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 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.

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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Crazy Vanguard glitch lets players levitate above the map

Since launch, several glitches and bugs have been discovered in Vanguard. One of them takes players soaring into the sky.

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The return of an iconic Call of Duty glitch is giving Vanguard players a broken line of sight on enemies as they take to the sky.

Vanguard hasn’t felt like the smoothest gaming experience since its launch on November 5. Players have been quick to discover some game-breaking exploits that make Vanguard nearly unplayable. Although most issues have been addressed through recent patches, some still remain.

One of the issues yet to be fixed is the elevator glitch. After popping up weeks ago, its relevance diminished as other glitches came to prominence. However, this new clip showing the advantageous position players can get themselves in has renewed interest in the glitch.

This particular glitch traces its roots back to Modern Warfare 2. The glitch sees players ascend straight up into the sky emulating an elevator, hence the glitch’s name. There’s no doubt the devs are going to have a look at something this game-breaking.

As the player ascends, their view of the map changes to a top-down perspective. This gives players a clear view of all of the areas on the map including enemy players stomping around.

In the past, we’ve seen this glitch occur on the Oasis map as well as Sub Pens. Recently it has also popped up on close-quarters map Decoy. Odds are this glitch is accessible on just about every Vanguard map.

This clip perfectly explores the incredible advantage someone gains after rising to the sky. The player is equipped with a Sniper Rifle making long-range kills supremely easy to earn. In addition, the small nature of the map means that this player can practically see every enemy player who isn’t in a building.

To make matters worse, they are playing Search & Destroy. This makes the high ground advantage more impactful. With one life per round, players cannot respawn and eliminate the player in the sky. There probably has never been an easier way to guard S&D bomb sites.

With Vanguard Season 1 around the corner, Sledgehammer must be working hard to ensure a smooth rollout. Given the mixed player reaction to in-game issues since launch, a lot is riding on the success of Season 1.

There’s no doubt that Vanguard players will receive a major patch addressing the current glitches running rampant.

For all of the latest Call of Duty: Vanguard news stay tuned to CharlieINTEL.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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Vanguard Zombies players extremely disappointed with lack of Season 1 content

Fans of the popular Zombies game mode are furious with the underwhelming additions coming to Vanguard in Season 1.

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Time and time again Zombies players feel as though their favorite game mode is receiving the short end of the stick. The lack of planned content announced for Season 1 has left them feeling disappointed.

The Call of Duty devs released a ton of information on what players should expect with the launch of Vanguard Season 1 and Warzone: Pacific Caldera. To the dismay of Zombies players, little to no information concerning the game mode was included in the report.

Given the size of the announcement Zombies players were bewildered at not getting new information. They feel that the tendency to ignore the Zombies game mode is becoming somewhat of a recurring theme.

Vanguard Zombies Season 1 content

While the Call of Duty blog post detailed several new additions coming to Vanguard and Warzone, it mentions practically nothing about Zombies. There are one or two tidbits across the blog post that promise “Zombies content” without ever going into detail on what that might entail.

With how disappointed Zombies players were at Vanguard’s launch, some red flags have appeared from the blog post. They had high hopes of receiving major content in Season 1 given how hollow Zombies has been. Many believe the silence regarding Zombies is a very bad thing.

With no new information to digest, Zombies players have to rely on previously announced content to give them comfort. The devs have already promised a dedicated pause feature, the addition of scorestreaks, 1-2 objectives, and new covenants.

Receiving these minor additions in Season 1 is hardly going to satisfy the Zombies community. This is especially true considering Zombies players felt like they required some of these features at launch.

Players have even started mocking the Vanguard Zombies content by comparing it with Black Ops 3’s superior Zombies experience.

With Season 1 not likely to improve the Zombies experience in Vanguard, players will have to hope that Season 2 and beyond will be kinder to them.


For more news on all Vanguard game modes including Zombies, Multiplayer, and Warzone, stay tuned to CharlieINTEL.

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Vanguard players demand fix to ‘game-breaking’ Dead Drop glitch

Call of Duty: Vanguard players are sick of the ‘game-breaking’ Dead Drop glitch, and are begging to devs to fix it quickly.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Dead Drop glitch allows players to keep deploying high Killstreaks, and frustrated players are calling for the ‘game-breaking’ exploit to be removed.

Vanguard has been praised as one of the smoothest CoD launches ever, but a few bugs and glitches have got in the way. The Combat Pacing filter still doesn’t work properly and a player’s dog even turned on them. However, it’s the Dead Drop glitch that has players most frustrated.

This allows players to maintain their high killstreak after dying, causing games to be plagued with Attack Dogs and Bombing Runs. Fed-up players are demanding that Sledgehammer Games fix the issue as soon as possible.

Dead Drop is a Field Upgrade in Vanguard that allows players to maintain their Killstreak after dying. However, it’s not working as intended, with players being able to repeatedly call in the same streak.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard subreddit has been chock-full of players calling out the devs for the Dead Drop glitch still being in the game.

One post was particularly critical, saying that “it’s ruining the game.” The OP claims that the Dead Drop glitch “happens every other game” even though “the problem has been known about for weeks.”

Another user acknowledged that the devs have been on holiday, but said that the “Dead Drop bug is game breaking” and that Sledgehammer “should have addressed this by now.” They also brought up that there’s no mention of it on the official Trello board of known bugs and issues.

With the community complaining about the glitch so widely, it’s likely that it’s on Sledgehammer Games’ radar They were quick to patch out the unlimited armor glitch, so there should be a fix incoming.

There’s no guarantee when it will be fixed, but Season 1 launches on December 8, which will bring a host of changes to the Vanguard. Be sure to stay tuned to CharlieINTEL for the full patch notes.


And for more Vanguard, you can check out the leaks that suggest Infected and other classic modes will be arriving soon.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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