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How to play CoD Vanguard multiplayer free access: Dates, download, Shi No Numa & content

Here’s how you can play CoD Vanguard’s multiplayer mode for free and experience Season 4 content including Shi No Numa Zombies.

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Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced a free access period for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer and Zombies modes. Find out how you can snag this free trial and enjoy Season 4’s content.

Every now and again Activision hands out free access trials to try and entice new players to experience the latest Call of Duty, and the company is continuing the tradition for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

The free access period for Vanguard will allow players to check out the multiplayer mode of Vanguard for free for a limited time, as well as the round-based Shi No Numa Zombies map.

Here’s everything you need to know about the one week of free access during Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard Season 4 free multiplayer access artwork

When does the next Call of Duty: Vanguard MP free trial start?

New players will have some time to get to grips with Vanguard’s multiplayer as the one week of access will start on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST, and end on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 AM PT, 11 AM ET, 4 PM BST.

The free access weeks will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC ahead of the Season 4 Reloaded update.

How to download the CoD Vanguard free access

Vanguard players in USS Texas map

Call of Duty players just need to find the Vanguard Free Access download in their platform’s store, then a few button prompts later, players will be able to get stuck into the game’s offerings.

Here’s what players will need to do:

  1. You need to go to your respective console’s store – PlayStation or Xbox
  2. Search for “Vanguard Free Access”
  3. A free trial option for Call of Duty: Vanguard should be available to download
  4. Download it, and then boot it up to play

For PC players, there will be an option to “PLAY FREE” on the Battle.net client when you load into the Call of Duty: Vanguard tab. This will kick start the download and then let you begin accessing the free trial content.

CoD Vanguard MP free access content: Maps, modes, Zombies

Vanguard player with Marco 5 in Shi No Numa

The Call of Duty: Vanguard MP Free Access will include access to Season 4 content such as the remastered USS Texas map. Alongside this new map, players will be able to enjoy all of Vanguard’s maps and modes.

Perhaps even more exciting, players can experience some World at War nostalgia by jumping into all of the Zombies maps including Shi No Numa, where they can complete the new Main Quest easter egg.

If they decide to purchase the full game, players will have all of their unlocks carry over to the full game and Warzone.


For more Call of Duty, check out how to play in Modern Warfare 2’s open beta ahead of its October 28 launch.

SOURCE: Call of Duty blog

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DEADROP dev responds as fans accuse CoD of stealing skin from Dr Disrespect game

Dr Disrespect fans are convinced Activision copied a Variant his game for their latest Warzone skin, and a DEADROP dev has responded.

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Doomslayer skin in Warzone and Vanguard

Activision dropped Warzone and Vanguard’s Tracer Pack Malware Ultra Skin but players immediately noticed a striking similarity with Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, and it looks like it’s even prompted a response from a Midnight Society developer.

Not long after Activision had to apologize for copying artwork from an independent artist, plagiarism accusations are flying once again. This time concerning Vanguard and Warzone’s new Doomslayer skin which Dr Disrespect fans immediately recognized.

Dr Disrespect’s ‘vertical extraction shooter’ DEADROP is currently in development, and there have already been plenty of comparisons with Call of Duty — mostly from Doc himself. He’s previously said that Modern Warfare 2 can’t “match” DEADROP.

Those who have bought a DEADROP Founders Pass have received one of 10,000 “Variants,” which are unique in-game characters. Senior developers have shown off their Variants, and many think they are the inspiration for Call of Duty’s latest bundle.

The Tracer Pack Malware Ultra skin dropped in Warzone and Vanguard on August 15, featuring a hooded sci-fi character with a skull-faced digital visor. Those words could also be used to describe DEADROP founder Robert Bowling’s Variant, and players were quick to make the comparison.

“Damn, they had to scrap the Dog they ripped off then went straight for a DEADROP variant,” replied one Twitter user. “Looks like whoever created this skin TRIED to copy the Variant of one of the leaders of [Midnight Society],” commented another.

While not a direct response, Bowling, who’s an ex-Infinity Ward dev, tweeted: “At least name it after me.”

Not everyone was convinced that the skin was a straight copy though, as some said that it’s a classic sci-fi design that’s been around longer than DEADROP.

We’ll need to wait and see whether Activision respond to the accusations, but Doc fans are convinced. In the meantime, check out how NICKMERCS will be “brutally honest” if he thinks DEADROP is trash.

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Vanguard devs confirm new round-based Zombies map for Season 5

Vanguard Zombies devs Treyarch have announced another round-based map will arrive with the Season 5 update.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s devs brought the classic Shi No Numa with Season 4, and another round-based Zombies map will arrive with the Season 5 update.

Although being a continuation of the Dark Aether storyline from Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty players were less-than-impressed with Vanguard’s Zombies offering. The mode was slammed for dropping the round-based format and removing classic features, and even though Season 2’s Terra Maledicta brought the Ray Gun and Decimator Shield, the non-round-based map was labeled “boring.”

Fortunately, a round-based recreation of World at War’s Shi No Numa dropped in the Season 4 update, and now the devs will bring “The Archon” in Season 5.

Both Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 are set to arrive on Wednesday, August 24, bringing “The Archon” as a new Zombies round-based experience.

What this new map will look like is anyone’s guess, but the devs teased back in June that more round-based maps are coming to Vanguard and confirmed that “yes, it’s round-based.”

The Archon is the final map for Vanguard, as Treyarch confirmed that “Vanguard Zombies concludes in Season Five.”

We would expect this map to come with all of the features you’d expect in a Call of Duty Zombies map, such as a Main Quest Easter Egg and Wonder Weapon to build. It appears Kortifex, the main antagonist of Vanguard Zombies, will be the final boss as Treyarch tweeted that “Kortifex must die.”

Hopefully, this new Zombies map will please long-time Zombies players ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s beta and October 28 launch. But, Modern Warfare won’t have its own Zombies mode.

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Warzone’s frustrating demon gun glitch is back in Vanguard

Vanguard weapon camos are being plagued by the infamous demon gun glitch which fills the screen with ruined textures.

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Demon Gun Glitch in Vanguard

The demon gun glitch is one the most infamous bugs in Warzone and now reports are coming in of it ruining the textures of weapon camos in Call of Duty Vanguard again.

Warzone Pacific players have had to repeatedly deal with the frustrating demon gun glitch that blocks their screens with distorted textures, making it impossible for them to accurately aim their weapons.

This glitch has popped up at complete random numerous times and is now causing problems in CoD Vanguard again, as players are reporting the textures on their weapon camos being reduced to polygons.

Reddit user ‘EPURON’ encountered this glitch when using a weapon camo that was part of the Godzilla vs King Kong event. They then shared a clip showcasing this in the Vanguard subreddit.

Throughout the clip, the textures on the weapon camo were glitching, and the Redditor was unable to see anything through the optic when aiming down sights. They described the glitch as “polygon madness.”

While the textures looked bad when aiming down sights, they looked even worse in the killcam that played after the player was taken out. At that point, the entire screen was blocked by the glitch.

EPURON explained in the comments that this is their first time encountering the Demon Gun Glitch, and others brought up the times they had to deal with it back when Vanguard first launched.

This glitch has become infamous among Warzone Pacific and Vanguard players since it pops up repeatedly to cause mayhem on their screens and still hasn’t been removed for good after multiple update patches.


For more Vanguard content, check out the August 11 update patch notes as well as everything we know about the next Double XP event in the game.

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