Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Alpha has been officially announced for PlayStation players, giving players the chance to experience the new Champion Hill mode in MP for the first time.
With the Alpha being only on PlayStation, continues Call of Duty’s long-standing partnership with Sony, which also offers PlayStation players unique game modes, exclusive packs, and first access to betas. This was the case for both Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War and is now confirmed for Call of Duty: Vanguard.
The Alpha for Call of Duty: Vanguard will feature the new Champion Hill mode, which sees players compete in 2v2 or 3v3 to be the last team standing.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha Dates
The Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation Only Alpha will be available to play on Friday August 27 at 10 a.m. PT and end on Sunday August 29 at 10 a.m. PT.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha will be available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users through PlayStation Store.
How to download and play Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha
PlayStation players will be able to pre-download it for free from the PlayStation Store before leaving. There will be both a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 version of the Alpha.
Players can start pre-loading the Vanguard Alpha on PlayStation platforms at Aug 23 at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. BST.
Here’s how to download Vanguard’s Alpha when it’s available:
- Open the PlayStation Store on PS5 or PS4 (or visit the PS Store website here)
- Search for ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha’
- Select Vanguard Alpha
- Click on ‘Download’
- Launch Vanguard from the download screen or your home page
To play Alpha Vanguard, gamers don’t need to pre-order the game. And, like in previous years, PlayStation Plus isn’t necessary. You just need to download and play once it’s available.
How big is the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha?
The Alpha’s leaked list via @PlayStationSize indicates the Alpha is about 20 GB on PlayStation 5, you may need to free some space before starting the download. Additionally, size may vary by region and on PlayStation 4.
What is Champion Hill mode in Vanguard?
The Open Alpha will feature a brand new game mode called Hill of champions.
Champion Hill mode sees players compete against each other in a series of rounds to be the last team standing. Champion Hill will feature 2v2 or 3v3 options, mixing elements of Battle Royale, Gunfight and more into a new experience.
The mode offers teams that compete on 4 different maps. As players take down other teams, they continue to progress through the mode until there is only one team standing.
More info from the Call of Duty Blog:
In 2019, Infinity Ward innovated Modern war® Multiplayer with Gunfight, a new mode based on close quarters combat in small squads, fast-action, easy to learn but difficult to master. Over the next two years, IW and Treyarch continued to innovate, introducing the concept of Gunfight tournaments to reward top duos with exclusive rewards and allowing frenzied small-scale mode maps to see the action in more traditional modes. like Team Deathmatch in playlists like Showdown.
Now, Sledgehammer Games introduces Champion Hill, a tournament-style, multi-card, multi-life mode of play where tactics and strategy go beyond just pulling the trigger.
In Champion Hill, your team – either a Duo (2v2) or a Trio (3v3) during the Alpha – will compete in a round robin tournament against other teams. Your mission is to reduce the life count of all other squads to zero before your entire squad is wiped out.
Everyone starts off with the same loadout, and while it can be deadly, collecting cash – earned by taking enemy lives and picking up drops scattered around the map – will allow you to upgrade your starting and finishing weapons. ” purchase new weaponry, gear, perks, and killstreaks during purchase turns that occur between combat turns.
Champion Hill also takes place on a large map divided into five sections. Specifically, there is a central shopping station area and four arenas for combat rounds: the airstrip, the train station, the market, and the courtyard. Once you are eliminated you can watch how the tournament ends from the Buy Station Area spectator platform, but ideally you survive long enough to see the victory for yourself.
Will Vanguard’s Alpha be on Xbox and PC?
Vanguard’s Alpha will not be available on Xbox and PC. Due to Call of Duty’s partnership with Sony, only PlayStation players will be able to play in the Alpha.
Xbox and PC gamers will have to wait for Open Beta to be able to play Vanguard. More information on the Open Beta will be announced in the coming weeks.
Full details on Call of Duty: Vanguard’s main MP mode offering will also be announced in the coming weeks.
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