Call of Duty Vanguard: Unlock Alpha Today - First Test on PS5 & PS4

Call of Duty Vanguard: Unlock Alpha Today - First Test on PS5 & PS4

Call of Duty Vanguard

The start of the Call of Duty Vanguard Alpha is getting closer: The activation is planned for tonight at 7 p.m. Players on PS5 and PS4 will then have the opportunity to try out the new first-person shooter for the first time. To participate you need an internet connection and - in Germany because of the age rating - a membership with PS Plus. In the alpha you test the new Champion Hill mode, which Sledgehammer Games presented around the announcement of the new first person shooter. The variant can be described as a kind of evolution of the well-known Gunfight mode. However, you are not on a small map, but on a larger map that is divided into four areas.

Your squad - in the alpha either a duo (2v2) or a trio (3v3) - steps in one turn-based deathmatch tournament against other squads. Of course, you can try out some of the weapons in the Vanguard Alpha and modify some of them with up to ten attachments. All players start with the same equipment. You receive money for defeating opponents, which you can use to purchase new weapons, equipment, extras and killing series between the games. Alternatively, you can collect the loot from fallen soldiers. "The alpha is the next taste of the final game. More modes, maps and weapons will be seen in the upcoming beta in September and when the game is released on November 5th," writes Sledgehammer Games.

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Sledgehammer Games gives first information about Champion Hill mode in Call of Duty Vanguard. An alpha will start soon on PS5 & PS4. var lstExcludedArticleTicker = '1378521,1378435,1378262,1378197'; For September 7th, the developers have announced another multiplayer presentation of Call of Duty Vanguard (buy now € 29.99). After that there will be a beta. The test phases run on two weekends: from Friday 10 September to Monday 13 September and from Thursday 16 September to Monday 20 September. The first weekend (September 10-13) is for PlayStation owners who have pre-ordered the game. After that, all other players on PS, Xbox and PC can join the beta. The full version will be released on November 5th.

Call Of Duty: Vanguard PS5 Alpha Starts Today: How To Download And What's Included

Call of Duty: Vanguard's alpha test kicks off today, August 17, on PlayStation consoles. To get you primed and ready for the 48-hour test, we're rounding up the key details like how to download and what to expect as you try out the new Champion Hill mode.

How To Download Call Of Duty: Vanguard Alpha

The Vanguard Champion Hill alpha is available only on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, per the ongoing timed-exclusivity deal between Sony and Activision. Pre-loading has been available for some time already, but if you haven't done that yet, you can find the Champion Hill alpha client in the PlayStation Store on PS5 and PS4 and get started that way. The test begins today, August 27, at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and runs for a period of 48 hours, ending at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on August 29.

Anyone who already has Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone, or Black Ops Cold War will find the Vanguard Champion Hill alpha in the main menu of those games once it's downloaded. You can then navigate to the Alpha blade on the far left to get started.

What To Expect

The Champion Hill alpha lets you try out ... wait for it ... the new Champion Hill mode. Developer Sledgehammer Games said internal playtests of the 3v3 mode have gone over swimmingly, and the studio is now geared up to let fans try it out. The developer reminded fans that what's available in the early test is only a 'small slice' of what will be available in the forthcoming beta in September and then the full launch in November. Still, this is the first time the public gets to go hands-on with Vanguard and test out its core multiplayer features.

Champion Hill is a round-robin deathmatch tournament where you compete against other squads. Everyone starts with the same loadout, and then you collect cash by killing enemies or acquiring it on the map. Cash can be spent on upgrading weapons and buying more equipment, perks, and killstreaks.

The test includes four maps: Courtyard, Trainyard, Market, and Airstrip. There are Duos and Trios playlists available, letting you play on teams of two or three. As announced previously, Champion Hill includes a pre-set variety of weapons, and each has 10 upgrades available. There are two weapon sets available in the alpha, and they include ARs, LMGs, shotguns, and pistols. In terms of equipment, players can expect multiple types of grenades, a throwing knife, and a proximity-triggered explosive mine.

Multiple types of perks and streaks are available for players to better equip themselves on the battlefield, while there are four main Operators that will be randomly assigned when matches begin. These include Lucas Riggs, Polina Petrova, Wade Jackson, and Arthur Kingsley.

You can see a full rundown of the content available in the Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha below, as written by Sledgehammer.

  • Courtyard
  • Trainyard
  • Market
  • Airstrip
  • Champion Hill (Duos and Trios)
  • Weapons are persistent through matches. There are ten upgrades per weapon and each weapon upgrade adds one attachment.
  • Weapon sets will rotate. Both Weapon Set 1 and Set 2 include: ARs, LMGs, Shotguns, and Pistols.
  • MK2 Frag Grenade: Cookable Fragmentation Grenade.
  • No. 69 Stun Grenade: Slows victim’s movement and aiming.
  • Throwing Knife: Retrievable knife that is lethal when thrown at the body or head.
  • Gammon Bomb: Impact Grenade.
  • MK V Gas Grenade: Explodes on impact with the ground, releasing a lingering cloud of gear gas that causes slowed movement, blurred vision, and coughing.
  • S-Mine 44: Proximity-triggered explosive.
  • Ghost: Undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel, and Field Mics.
  • Survival Training: Maximized resistance to stun effects. Immune to gas.
  • High Alert: Your vision pulses when enemies outside of your view see you.
  • Tracker: Enemies leave behind a footprint trail. See markers at enemy death locations and hide the death markers of enemies you kill.
  • Demolition: Extra lethal on spawn. Thrown lethals display an indicator showing the path of the lethal.
  • Double Time: Double the duration of Tactical Sprint. Increase crouch movement speed by 30%.
  • Spy Plane: Calls in a spy plane which reveals all enemy positions on the minimap to allies. Can’t be shot down. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Flamenaut: Receive a flamethrower with unlimited fuel and a protective suit. Both lost on death. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Deathmachine: Equips a machine gun with explosive rounds and a fixed number of bullets. Persists through death until ammo is depleted. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • V2 Rocket: Activates instantly, and drops a V2 Rocket, killing all players and ending the match.
  • Extra Life: Gain 1 additional life for your team.
  • Armor Plate: A single piece of Armor.
  • Full Armor: Full set of armor plates.

    Note: Operators will be randomly assigned.

  • Lucas Riggs
  • Polina Petrova
  • Wade Jackson
  • Arthur Kingsley
  • Rewards

    Everyone who takes part in the Vanguard Champion Hill alpha will get a calling card and an emblem to use in Vanguard when it releases. This content will also be available in Warzone.


    While the Vanguard Champion Hill alpha is exclusive to PS5 and PS4, there will be an open beta coming to all platforms in September. PlayStation members who preorder Vanguard get in first, from September 10-13, while preorder members on all platforms can play September 16-17. Then from September 18-20, everyone can play, regardless of preorder status. This will all happen after Vanguard's multiplayer is formally unveiled on September 7.

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