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Vanguard’s controversial Ship Haus playlist and Double XP event come to an end

Vanguard players were spoiled this weekend with a free trial, double XP, and Ship Haus playlist, but all good things must come to an end.

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After four days of chaotic gameplay and accelerated level progression, Vanguard’s mostly well-received event comes to an end.

Call of Duty fans were sad to see the event come to a close on November 22. All in all, the event can be viewed as a mixed bag. Although most players would agree they had a great time over the weekend, some minor details prevented the event from being a flawless one.

This weekend, Vanguard gameplay was littered with bugged MVP screens, killstreak exploit glitches and server bugs that kicked you out of lobbies. Despite these inconveniences, most players still managed to have a great time which speaks highly of Vanguard’s core Multiplayer design.

Ship Haus playlist and Double XP no more

The free weekend succeeded in convincing many players to purchase the full version of Vanguard. Those who played Vanguard for the first time over the weekend were pleasantly surprised. On the flip side, you likely had to endure more cheaters than ever this weekend.

The same goes for the Ship Haus playlist. Shipment is the prime example of a mixed bag. The map is fun and chaotic but the awful spawns can produce an extremely frustrating experience.

Despite the love-hate relationship with the map, players used the chaotic environment to grind some weapon levels.

Luckily, players were able to find a workaround to the slow weapon level progression in Vanguard.

With Double XP now gone, unlocking weapon attachments just got way more difficult. It’s not all sad news, as players can expect more Double XP events very soon.

Sledgehammer has already confirmed that players can expect Double XP, 2X Weapon XP, and 2X Battle Pass XP from November 24 to 28.

You might also want to keep an eye out for the return of Ship Haus sometime around the release of Season 1.

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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’s multiplayer mode for free and experience exciting Season 3 content.

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Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced a free access period for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer mode. Find out how you can snag this free trial and enjoy Season 3 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 one week of free access during Vanguard Season 3.

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, May 18 at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET, 6 PM GMT, and end on Tuesday, May 24 at 9 AM PT, 12 PM ET, 5 PM GMT.

The free access weeks will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC as a part of the Season 3 update.

How to download the CoD Vanguard free access

Finding and installing the free week of access 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 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

The Call of Duty: Vanguard MP Free Access will include access to Season 3 content such as the new Mayhem map. Alongside this new map, players will be able to enjoy 20+ Vanguard maps. In addition, this period will grant players access to a whopping nine multiplayer modes including the innovative Arms Race mode.

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 new players who will make the most of this special, one week of free access during Vanguard Season 3.


For more Vanguard news, check out how Elden Ring dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone and Vanguard – the most expensive Blueprint ever.

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Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint as part of the Godzilla vs King Kong collaboration. It’s set to be the most expensive weapon Blueprint ever, so here’s how to get your hands on it.

Vanguard and Warzone players have been loving the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla skins and bundles, but there’s one more Operation Monarch cosmetic for players to unlock — the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint.

Although announced alongside the Season 3 Battle Pass, the devs didn’t reveal which gun it would be for, nor what it looked like. Now, thanks to an email sent out by Activision, we know that the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint is for the Owen Gun, which is arguably one of the best SMGs in Warzone.

The Owen Gun Blueprint isn’t a straightforward unlock and you’ll need to put down a hefty amount of CoD Points, so here’s how to get your hands on it in Warzone and Vanguard.

How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Unlocking Warzone‘s Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint is unique in that you need to purchase all three of the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles.

Even though Operation Monarch ends on May 25, you’ll have until June 16 to purchase all three bundles and claim the Apex Phase Rifle.

How much is the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint?

As players need to purchase all three of the Godzilla vs Kong bundles, the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint will cost a whopping 7,200 CoD Points or $74.99 / £69.99.

Of course, you’re not just paying for the Blueprint itself, you’ll also get the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles with all of their cosmetics. Plus, for buying two out of the three bundles, you’ll get the exclusive “Godzilla vs. Kong” Weapon Sticker and the “Superspecies” Player Title.

When does Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint unlock?

Don’t worry if the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint hasn’t appeared in your account yet, as it won’t become available until Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, we expect Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded to go live on Wednesday, May 25. This update is also set to bring the H4 Blixen SMG and the Serpentine Perk to Warzone, as well as Vanguard’s Sphere map.


For more Vanguard and Warzone, be sure to check out how Sledgehammer have changed matchmaking, as well as the highest K/D weapons in Warzone.

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Vanguard May 16 update patch notes: Major Combat Pacing changes & camo challenge fixes

Vanguard’s May 16 update patch notes brought major changes to Combat Pacing as well as fixes to camo challenges.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard devs Sledgehammer Games released an update on May 16 that delivers major changes to Combat Pacing, and fixes some camo challenges in Season 3.

Vanguard players have long since complained about the poor map rotation and disappointing Combat Pacing mechanic, but it now seems like the devs are actively working to alleviate this major issue in Season 3.

On May 16, a brand-new update hit Vanguard and it focuses on improving the map rotation by making some major changes to how Combat Pacing functions. The update also provides a few fixes to camo challenges.

Vanguard Combat Pacing changes

For starters, the devs decided to remove Assault Combat Pacing from the Quick Play and Featured Playlists. This leaves Tactical and Blitz as the two remaining Combat Pacing options in Vanguard. The devs explained that only 5% of players choose to play on Assault Pacing, and they believe that removing it altogether will lead to an improvement in map rotation.

Since Assault Pacing has been removed, the minimum and maximum player counts for both Tactical and Blitz have been tuned. You can take a look at the number of players per match on each map in the chart below.

Full Vanguard May 16 update patch notes

Feature Update

  • Assault Combat Pacing filter removed from Quick Play and Featured Playlists
    • This change intends to improve diversity in map rotation. Although Assault Combat Pacing is the choice for just 5% of players, its impact on matchmaking cannot be understated. By removing this option, we aim to improve map rotation across all Quick Play playlists. We will be monitoring your feedback and game analytics to assess if this change has made the desired improvements. Give it a try, and let us know how you feel. 
  • Minimum and maximum player counts for Tactical and Blitz Combat Pacings have been tuned. For more details check out the Sledgehammer Games blog for the most recent Patch Notes.

Camo Challenges

  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Corrected the requirements for multiple Camo Categories.
      • Pack Tactics: 40/80/120/160/200/240/280/320/360/400 Eliminations
      • Surgical: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Headshots
      • Predatory Ambition: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Multikills
      • Reptilian: 3/6/9/12/15/18/21/24/27/30 Bloodthirsties
  • M1916 (Marksman Rifle)
    • Corrected the requirements for multiple Camo Categories.
      • Pack Tactics: 30/60/90/120/150/180/210/240/270/300 Eliminations
      • Predatory Ambition: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Multikills
      • Reptilian: 3/6/9/12/15/18/21/24/27/30 Prone Kills
      • Wildcat: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Holding Breath Kills

For more Vanguard, be sure to check out the best Vanguard Season 3 quickscoping class or how Elden Ring dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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