Everything you need to know about the Vanguard alpha and beta

It’s almost the curtain call on the theater of war.

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Think you know all there is to know about World War II? Call of Duty: Vanguard sees the series return to the 20th century’s greatest conflict for the first time since 2017. The familiar setting might be a little different this time around. The experience has been upgraded with swanky new graphics, weaponry, and gameplay.

Ahead of the game’s launch on November 5, Activision and Sledgehammer are hosting several test periods in order for keen gamers to test out the latest installment of the military shooter. All you need to do is follow a few steps to get involved.

Here’s everything we know about the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta.

When is the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta start date?

Lucky you! There are multiple betas and start dates for you to enjoy! Which one you play will depend completely on your platform and other external factors.

Those enjoying the game from a PlayStation will get first dibs on the beta. The Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation beta will start on September 10 and last until September 13. This beta is exclusively for those who have pre-ordered and playing on PlayStation.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will then open up to everyone who pre-ordered on September 16. From September 18 through September 20, the beta will be available to everyone. This includes those who didn’t have the bravery to pre-order.

A character in Call of Duty: Vanguard.


What are the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta platforms?

PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC will all have access to the beta.

How do you get a Call of Duty: Vanguard beta invite?

From what it currently sounds like, everyone will eventually have access to the beta. However, you can play earlier if you pre-order Vanguard.

If you pre-order a digital copy of the game, early beta access will be automatically given to you after the purchase is complete. Alternatively, if you ordered a physical copy of the game, you’ll be granted an Early Access beta code that you can redeem online. You should be able to find this code on either your physical or digital receipt.

How do you redeem a Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta Early Access code?

To redeem your early access code, head to Once there, log-in with your Activision account.

What will be in the Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer Open Beta?

The exact content that will be included in the Open Beta is currently unknown, but we do know what will be in the final multiplayer due to a tweet from the official account. You can expect:

It’s unknown how much of this will make it into the Open Beta. There will be a full multiplayer reveal on September 7, 2021.

Does Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta progress carry over to the full game?

Sadly, it doesn’t. You’ll have a fresh start when the actual game comes out, but there might be some small bonuses for playing the beta.

When is the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha start date?

In addition to the Open Beta, there’s a multiplayer alpha coming. It will provide the earliest look at the game.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha begins on August 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern and concludes on August 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

This alpha is exclusive to PlayStation players. For playing, you’ll get a free Calling Card and Emblem to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

What will be in the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha?

The alpha will focus on the new Champion Hill mode, which contains a 2v2 game mode and 3v3 one. It’s essentially a small-scale deathmatch akin to CS:GO. There will be more information on the game mode ahead of the alpha.

How do you access the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha?

Once it’s available, you’ll be able to download the alpha directly from the PlayStation store. It can be accessed via the clients for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Make sure to have one of those downloaded if you want to get some game time in the alpha.

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