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Warzone train gets destructive change ahead of Vanguard reveal event

Warzone is getting ready for Battle of Verdansk, the Vanguard reveal event, and things are already getting destructive with the train.



Warzone Train Battle of Verdansk Vanguard Reveal Event

With the Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal event taking place imminently within Warzone Season 5, it seems something suspicious is happening with Verdansk’s train.

Call of Duty: Warzone is about to get a lot more interesting with the Battle of Verdansk event, which will ultimately reveal the next installment for the franchise, Vanguard.

Apart from the Season 5 launch, this event will draw a lot of attention and excitement to Warzone’s Verdansk, and it seems the impact of the event has already started with the Warzone train already being affected greatly.

Call of DUty: Vanguard Warzone reveal event

The Battle of Verdansk event will be taking place on August 19 at approximately 10 AM PST, so make sure you tune in to obtain rewards and see the reveal for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Verdansk is the staple map of Warzone that the community has become fond of since its launch. Although we did see big changes when Verdansk ’84 was introduced, Vanguard’s release will see a whole new map for Warzone, so make the most of it while you can.

Warzone train gets destructive change

Warzone Train

The impact of a new Call of Duty game releasing and integrating with Warzone can already be seen, as the Warzone train has been given an explosive update on Verdansk.

Today, players were surprised when they noticed the Warzone train wasn’t cruising around the map and creating gameplay opportunities. As it turns out, the train is now no longer operational.

The Warzone train can be found at a halt along its route with fire and debris around it. It seems the train may play an important role in the Battle of Verdanks event, with the Call of Duty Twitter page hinting at its importance: “This is what you’ve been training for… Less than 24 hours to go until the #BattleOfVerdansk

Who knows what the Battle of Verdansk will entail, but what we do know is that Call of Duty: Vanguard will change Warzone and Verdansk forever.

For more Warzone, check out our article on the top ten Call of Duty games according to those in the community.

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CoD: Vanguard Beta updates: Armor, Visibility, Audio, more

Sledgehammer Games have revealed the latest round of updates for the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta that have addressed major player concerns.



Vanguard Polina Operator

The second Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta weekend is now live for players to experience, and Sledgehammer Games has revealed all of the updates it has made and plans to make for the game as we advance.

PlayStation players were able to experience Call of Duty: Vanguard first with the Champion Hill Alpha and first Vanguard Beta weekend.

However, the second Beta weekend for the next entry in the fan-favorite franchise is underway, and players who secured early access on Xbox and PC can now join in on the action.

Utilizing community feedback from the first Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta weekend to make changes, Sledgehammer Games have revealed their first set of major changes for the first-person shooter that are effective for the second Beta weekend.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta updates

The two major areas that received updates were armor and visibility, which were two areas that were on the receiving end of a great deal of player feedback.

You can find the official armor and visibility Vanguard Beta updates below:

  • Visibility: Distortion has been turned off globally to improve visibility when Aiming Down Sights. Since we’ve disabled distortion globally, this will also affect the appearance of fire and explosions throughout the Beta and reduce overall visual fidelity. This change is a temporary solve to mitigate visibility issues so players can focus on gameplay.
  • Armor: Increased recharge rate from Fast to Slow. Decreased Armor health from 150hp to 50hp.

Another major area that players were hoping to see improvements and changes in for the game following the first Beta weekend was the game’s audio.

Sledgehammer Games stated that they are aware of the feedback and are working on updates, but these particular updates will not be made during the Vanguard Beta. You can find the studio’s full statement on the audio updates below:

“We’re aware of volume and mixing issues and have discovered more bugs thanks to your feedback. While most changes won’t be made during Open Beta, we’re hard at work balancing everything for launch to fix bugs related to weapon audio, atmospheric audio, and more. We will continue to tune audio based on feedback as it rolls in – so keep it coming.”

There is no doubt that many players will be excited to try out all of the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta updates during the second weekend of action.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the best 3-Line and STG44 loadouts for the Beta, and stay tuned for future news and updates.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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How to play CoD Vanguard Open Beta: Dates, Download, Platforms, Content, Rewards & More

Here’s everything you need to know about the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta, including dates, content, pre-load, download, and rewards.



Call of Duty Vanguard Open Beta

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?

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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 platforms and Early Access on Xbox and PC.

Here’s the 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

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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 pre-load the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta digitally on the PlayStation Store ahead of the Open Beta on the platform. No PlayStation Plus membership required.

Xbox players who pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard digitally on the Xbox Store can now pre-load the beta ahead of the early access start. Note: for the early access period from Sept. 16 through Sept. 18, Xbox Live Gold is required.

PC players who have pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard on can pre-load the beta as well via the client on your computer. Select the drop-down next to “Install” and chose the “Beta” as the version.

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.

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.

rat-a-tat weapon blueprint in cod vanguard

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.

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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

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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
  • Gavutu
  • 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
  • Domination
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Patrol
  • Search and Destroy


Champion Hill

  • 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.

Core MP

  • 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

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

Also, don’t forget to check out our full review of the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha and the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard: All confirmed maps so far

With 16 confirmed 6v6 maps, here is a guide to all the maps we know of so far in Sledgehammer games’ Call of Duty: Vanguard.



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The Beta for Call of Duty: Vanguard has already revealed several of the game’s maps, and we know of more to come, so here’s a quick guide to all the confirmed CoD maps so far.

Maps are a vital component of a Call of Duty game and can determine how successful it is. Campaign missions and guns are fun, but it’s the best Call of Duty maps that players remember the most fondly.

Crash, Terminal, Nuketown, Raid, Highrise, and so many others evoke memories for players and even create new ones as their popularity leads to map remasters.

Call of Duty: Vanguard looks to carry on this trend by offering prospective buyers and fans another year of compelling gameplay on interesting and varied maps.

Here is every confirmed Call of Duty: Vanguard map so far.

All Call of Duty: Vanguard 6v6 maps so far


gavutu map in cod vanguard

A location that truly makes use of the capabilities of state-of-the-art, modern-day hardware. Gavutu is a stunning war-torn island that pelts the player with rain and various weather effects, whilst also offering several different ways of fighting.

There’s the classic beachfront complete with cover and means to flank the opposition, there are several pathways that link the three main channels together (even providing sniping lanes), and the matter of a giant ship situated on land that provides different levels of combat and verticality.

Hotel Royal

hotel royal map in cod vanguard

Centered around a giant hotel complete with a full kitchen, bar, lounge areas, and other facilities, Hotel Royal might be one of Call of Duty’s most expansive and ambitious maps ever made.

If you’re not eager to throw yourself into the inevitable carnage within the building, you can opt to flank all around the outside of it, contesting ledges and rooftops.

But the real fun is on the inside of the premises, as the game’s new emphasis on destruction leads to explosives blowing doors open and bullets puncturing holes in the walls. You’ll need to wade through scattered glass into tight rooms filled with multiple players – thanks to the game’s Combat Pacing options.

Red Star

cod vanguard red star map

A frosty hello awaits anyone who crosses your path in this open square covered in snow. The desolation is apparent throughout each of the map’s buildings with large chunks missing, making for more devious gunfights and sniping and flanking opportunities.

The map definitely feels like the biggest map in the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta and can become slightly problematic if it’s only a 6v6 match. But once you start to add numbers to the scenario, games become open, frantic, and extremely varied.

Eagle’s Nest

cod vanguard eagle's nest map

The fourth map is arriving in the second week of Vanguard’s Beta testing, and multiplayer footage of it showed Eagle’s Nest to be a quaint location atop some mountains.

It’s similar to Hotel Royal in that fixates on a building located in the middle of the map, but the two spawn areas have a lot of room to negotiate and could make for some interesting duels in themselves.


cod vanguard castle map

The Call of Duty: Vanguard official multiplayer blog outed two remake maps that would definitely be featuring in the newest CoD shooter.

The first of which is Castle from Call of Duty: World at War, and has never been seen in a CoD game since, until now. Its primarily situated in and around a Japanese castle, which is evident because of the iconic rooftops and shoji screens – which are now destructible.

It will be interesting to see how much the map has changed compared to its original 2008 release, but one thing that’s certain is it’s nice to see it back.


cod vanguard dome map

The second of our two confirmed remasters is Dome – a map requested by Call of Duty fans in fact. It’s very reminiscent of smaller maps like Shoot House, Dust, and Shipment, and guarantees frequent bloodshed.

Effects such as Combat Fog will tie in with enhanced levels of detail to make Dome feel more alive than ever. Expect high-intensity games, chaotic action, and a good time!

As we get closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, Sledgehammer Games will inevitably hint towards other maps, with more to come after launch, and we’ll keep updating this page as we learn more.

In the meantime, check out all the latest on Call of Duty: Vanguard, and our full Vanguard Beta Review.

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