Sledgehammer Games has officially confirmed the dates, content, and download information for the second week of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Open Beta.
Call of Duty: Vanguard was officially revealed after the event in Warzone on August 19. Vanguard will feature an explosive and expansive Campaign, running on the Modern Warfare engine, while the game’s new Combat Pacing multiplayer experience will give players more control over how they play the game.
Even though the game doesn’t release until November 5, players can get their hands on it early thanks to the Open Beta.
Here’s everything you need to know about Vanguard Beta.
When is the CoD: Vanguard Open Beta?
Activision and Sledgehammer Games have officially announced the dates for the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta.
The Beta was available first for PlayStation users on both PS5 and PS4. The second weekend of the beta will open up to all PlayStation players, alongside access for Xbox & PC players.
The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is now live in an Open Beta on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The Beta ends September 22 at 10am PT, following an announcement by Call of Duty that it has been extended from its original end date of Sept. 20.
Here’s the original Vanguard Beta schedule:
- PlayStation Early Access (pre-order required): September 10 – 13
- PlayStation Open Beta: September 16 – 20
- Xbox & PC Early Access (pre-order required): September 16 – 17
- Xbox & PC Open Beta: September 18 – 20
The start and end times for the Beta at each of those dates is 10AM PT.
How to download the CoD: Vanguard Open Beta & which platforms it’s on
Like in previous years, the Vanguard Open Beta will be available to download from your platform’s store when it releases. Players can pre-order any edition of Vanguard to get early access to the Open Beta on all platforms.
All PlayStation players can now download and play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta digitally on the PlayStation Store. No PlayStation Plus membership required.
All Xbox players can now download and play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta digitally. Xbox Live Gold is not required to play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta.
PC players interested in checking out the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta can do so on Battle.net. On Battle.net client on their PC, players can download the Beta by selecting the “GAME VERSION” to be “BETA”. Once you change the game version to BETA, the button will highlight to Install or Play.
CoD: Vanguard Open Beta download size
The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta on all platforms is different sizes based on console generation and region.
For PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, the Beta clocks in at around a 9GB and 16GB download, respectively. For PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Vanguard Beta is around 11GB download.
Vanguard Beta Rewards – Battle Pass, Weapons, CoD Mobile
Players who jump into and experience the Beta will be able to earn some rewards for their efforts.
Activision has confirmed that players who play the Vanguard Beta will be able to progress the Season 5 Battle Pass in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Call of Duty: Warzone.
This means that players can continue to level up their Season 5 Battle Pass while jumping into the Vanguard Beta across both weekends.
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In addition, there’s also rewards available to earn by playing the Vanguard Beta for both the game’s launch and Call of Duty: Mobile.
Those who reach Player XP rank Level 20 during the Vanguard Beta will receive the Rat-A-Tat weapon blueprint to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard at launch with availability in Warzone later this year.
Players who play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta can also receive the Operator Arthur Kingsley to use in Call of Duty: Mobile on iOS & Android.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta Content
The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta will be the first chance for players to experience the game’s Multiplayer offering ahead of the November 5th launch.
Here’s a look at the content players can experience across both weekends of the Beta:
- Champion Hill
- Hotel Royal
- Red Star
- Eagle’s Nest
Outside of Champion Hill – Vanguard will introduce another new game mode: Patrol. Based on Hardpoint, this objective-based mode features a scoring zone in near-constant motion; if Operators want to rack up points for their team, they should keep up and move around the map within this Patrol point.
These modes are in addition to the classic offerings such as Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Search & Destroy. These are also the exact modes you can play alongside Patrol during the Beta period (Patrol and Search & Destroy to be available later in the Beta).
Available modes in Beta:
- Champion Hill (Solos, Duos, Trios)
- Team Deathmatch
- Kill Confirmed
- Search and Destroy
- Weapons are persistent through matches. There are ten upgrades per weapon, each adding one attachment.
- There will be three rotating weapon sets, featuring 2 ARs, 2 LMGs, 2 snipers, 2 shotguns, and 2 pistols.
- For Core MP, you’ll be able to level up weapons to level 30.
- PlayStation players will get +2 custom loadout slots (12 total, 10 for other platforms).
Combat Pacing is a feature that allows players to select the intensity of their games. Player count is determined by map size to achieve the intensity described in the Combat Pacing System. Player counts will vary.
- Tactical: These are the lobbies that franchise veterans know well. This is the experience that you’re used to with classic Call of Duty combat timing. Tactical Combat Pacing is always 6v6.
- Assault: Balanced combat pacing that gives you enough room to breathe and a lot of targets to kill. In Beta Weekend 1, player counts will vary between 20-28 players.
- Blitz: High-action lobbies where the intensity is cranked up to frenetic levels. Prepare for plenty of combat when choosing to join a Blitz. In Beta Weekend 1, player counts will vary between 28-48 players.
OPERATORS (Each will have 1 finishing move)
- Daniel Take Yatsu
- Roland Zeimet
- Lucas Riggs
- Polina Petrova
- Wade Jackson
- Arthur Kingsley
Vanguard Beta Trailer
Image Credits: Activision
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
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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.
Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Treyarch
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image credits: Activision
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