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How to play CoD Vanguard Multiplayer free access: Dates, download, & content

Here’s how you can play Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer mode for free and experience the Festive Fervor content.

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Vanguard Multiplayer free access

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced a free access period for Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer mode. Find out how you can snag this free trial and enjoy the latest CoD game for free.

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.

Here’s everything you need to know about the free access week for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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

New players will have some time to get to grips with Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer as the next free access week will start on Thursday, December 16 at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET, 6 PM GMT, and end on Tuesday, December 21 at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET, 6 PM GMT

The free access week will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC as a part of the Festive Fervor Holiday event.

How to download the CoD Vanguard free access week

Finding and installing the free access week doesn’t take too much effort or trouble. A quick search and a few button prompts later, and 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 on 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

The direct link for PlayStation or Xbox Stores download:

For PC players, there is 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

The Call of Duty: Vanguard MP Free Access will include access to all of the game’s base content released at launch on November 5, and access to Festive Fervor content such as Shipmas (a holiday-themed version of Shipment), new playlists, new maps, new modes, and more for players to drop in.

Players can experience all of the content as part of Call of Duty: Vanguard, and if they decide to purchase the full game, will have all of their unlocks carry over to the game.

All this awaits existing players and newbies who will make the most of this special, free access week during the Festive Fervor Holiday event.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard’s Double Barrel meta is over and players couldn’t be happier

Vanguard players are delighted following a recent nerf to the Double Barrel Shotgun that has limited “toxic players”.

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After weeks of torment, the Akimbo Double Barrel meta is finally over in Vanguard following a recent nerf and players are overjoyed with the change.

After Vanguard players requested a change to the overpowered Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun for almost a month, their prayers were finally answered on January 20 as the weapons received a significant nerf.

Due to absurd range and damage output, players gravitated to the Shotguns resulting in a vicious circle of frustrated players. It hasn’t taken long for the community to notice drastic differences with Vanguard’s Multiplayer.

Depending on your stance in the debate, the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun either helped improve your K/D ratio or completely ruined it. Even players who didn’t necessarily want to use this broken weapon were forced to do so in order to keep up with enemy players.

However, now that the Double Barrel is no longer as dominant, it seems some players are having a hard time adjusting to the nerf.

After weeks of prospering and abusing the Double Barrel shotgun, Reddit user Kalashcocknov expresses the joy that comes from watching “toxic” players revert to their old selves.

The post expresses how the noob-friendly Akimbo Shotgun catered to less experienced players and that these players are struggling to adapt to traditional CoD weapons.

The nerf to the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun has made it so the weapon is bound to be a less frequent option.

However, players are worried that those who loved the overpowered weapon will move to the Combat Shotgun, which has reemerged as the most dominant close-range weapon in the game.

Only time will tell if Shotguns will once again infuriate Vanguard players but for now, you can rest easy knowing the most broken weapon in the game has been dealt with.


For more Vanguard news check out a ranked list of the best Assault Rifles and SMGs in Vanguard.

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Vanguard players furious with “broken” Attack on Titan bundle

The highly-anticipated Attack on Titan bundle is leaving Vanguard players feeling frustrated with the unfinished product they purchased.

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Just one day after the release of the highly-anticipated crossover and Vanguard players are already frustrated with the “broken” Attack on Titan bundle.

There’s a ton of overlap between fans of both franchises therefore a crossover between brands checked a lot of conceptual boxes. However, early feedback from Vanguard players has been incredibly disappointing as they’ve highlighted major flaws with the cosmetics.

The Attack on Titan bundle already received its fair share of negative feedback prior to release due to the poor design of the Survey Corps Operator skin but some new flaws are leading players to claim the bundle as “broken”.

It didn’t take long for things to go sour with the Vanguard Attack on Titan bundle and given the fact that the bundle costs around $20 it’s easy to understand why players feel shortchanged. Paying customers expect a finished product and the bundle is clearly failing to deliver on this promise.

The bundle consists of one Operator skin, three weapon blueprints, three in-game animations, one emblem, one sticker, and one charm. Players have already called out the skin for its poor design and now it seems like two of the weapon blueprints and some animations are not working as advertised.

As you can see in the clip posted to the Vanguard subreddit, the weapon blueprints that advertise Orange Tracers actually boast lackluster “cartoonish muzzle flash.” Without the Tracers working as intended the weapon blueprints look and feel like half-finished products.

A separate post detailing issues with the bundle’s animations is additional proof that the bundle is broken “Dunno if it’s just me but the MVP highlight is broken, just shows every character beating someone with an invisible gun.”

Once again, the most significant selling point fails to work as intended. Without the iconic AoT blades, the MVP highlight animation is meaningless.

Ideally, the bundle would work as intended from the getgo instead of presenting an unfinished product to paying customers.

As this bundle isn’t cheap, costing players $20, hopefully Sledgehammer Games will look into these issues and ensure that they work as intended moving forward.


For more Vanguard news check out our guide to the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard as well as a ranked list of the best SMGs in Vanguard.

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Vanguard graphics glitch makes CoD Zombies “unplayable”

A new Vanguard graphics glitch appeared after the January 20 update, and it’s making CoD: Zombies “unplayable.”

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CoD: Vanguard’s January 20 update brought a new graphics glitch to the game, and players are frustrated as it has made the game’s Zombies mode “unplayable.”

Sledgehammer Games released a major Vanguard update on January 20 to address the game’s problems. This patch finally nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and fixed some frustrating glitches.

However, this update also brought some frustrating new issues for players to deal with. A new visual glitch has been ruining the graphics in Vanguard’s Zombies mode and making the game unplayable.

Reddit user ‘SecretlyHiddenSelf’ showcased this glitch in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. The image they posted showed missing textures in the game’s Zombies mode, with large polygons taking up most of the screen.

This isn’t the first time that Vanguard players have had to deal with frustrating graphics issues. The Redditor called these new graphical glitches “insane,” claiming that they’re making Zombies “unplayable.”

The commenters were equally frustrated with these texture issues and some of them came to the conclusion that this glitch is a result of the NVIDIA Drivers update on PC. So, they began looking for ways to fix it.

How to fix Vanguard Zombies graphics glitch

A few of the commenters in this thread stated that reverting the NVIDIA Drivers update on your PC will fix this graphics glitch. “If you’re on PC roll your NVIDIA Driver back to 497.29,” suggested one user.

You can get this done by going on NVIDIA’s website and manually choosing a specific driver version to download and install. If you already have the latest driver installed then you can simply uninstall it.

Ultimately, this is a game-breaking glitch that the developers will need to address soon. At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not they’re aware of the issue, but we’ll be sure to update you if they announce a fix.


For more Vanguard content, check out this Ranked mode that’s been confirmed for Vanguard Season 2 as well as the best SMGs to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.

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