Call of Duty Vanguard Alpha PlayStation Test Arrives This Weekend

by in Call of Duty | Aug, 23rd 2021

The Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test will be a playable experience where players worldwide will have the chance to see the new Call of Duty game up close and personal before it releases. And the best part about the test is that it is happening very soon for a certain group of players. 

Call of Duty Vanguard Alpha Test Announced

The Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test was announced during the recent Call of Duty League Playoffs event, where the end of the 2021 season came along with the new champion team. There were plenty of beta codes and the like that we knew were going to be released during this event. 

We already knew that there would be a beta test, but there was no alpha test that had been formally revealed. Thus, it was a nice surprise for Sledgehammer Games to appear during the event and give a little announcement regarding the upcoming Call of Duty 2021 title. 

We now know that there is going to, indeed, be a Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test. It will be happening a lot sooner than we anticipated. With the game’s announcement just happening last week, the best part is that a group of players will be able to enter the event later this week. 

The Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test has been announced. It will be coming in just a few short days. You will not have to wait months or weeks to check out Vanguard and its multiplayer, as you will have the chance to see it in action this very weekend if you are a certain player. 

The Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test dates are set for this weekend from Friday, August 27, through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Oddly enough, the alpha test starts at 10 a.m. PT on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at the same time, which is a little bit weird, honestly. 

That does not give players a full three days of the weekend to enjoy the event, which is odd since there will be some players who are off from school and work on Sunday, which would be a great time to play. For some, Saturday will be the main day when they get the chance to check it out. 

It is a bit weird that the Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test is not going until Monday morning or something like that, so here’s hoping that the alpha test gets extended some to allow for more time. Regardless, it is coming up soon. Here’s what you need to know about getting into the event and what it will entail. 

How to Get Into the Vanguard Alpha Test

The Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test will be free to everyone on a certain platform, and that is, unsurprisingly, PlayStation. If you are a PS4 or PS5 owner, you can download the alpha test early, starting right now by the time you are reading this and be ready for this weekend. 

Only players on those two consoles will have the chance to be among the very first in the world to check out Vanguard. This is not a surprise since a similar event happened for Black Ops Cold War last year where PlayStation players got in on the first alpha test. 

Do note that this is considered an alpha test, meaning that the content and gameplay will likely be many months old at this point and not necessarily too reflective of the final gameplay. I remember, for instance, the massive difference between Cold War from the alpha to the beta and even the changes in the final release. It was notably not too positive of an experience in the alpha.

Unfortunately, for players on Xbox and PC, you will have to wait for the traditional open and early access beta experience to get in there and have a chance to try your hands on Vanguard before it releases. For those on PlayStation, though, this is your first glimpse at the new Champion Hill game mode

Vanguard will launch with this main event mode, where Champion Hill is a unique tournament-style experience. It is a massive arena with four maps in total that players will battle across. In many ways, Champion Hill is a large-scale, more intriguing take on the Gunfight mode introduced in Modern Warfare.  

In the alpha, duos and trios will be available (squads will be at the final launch). You will compete in a round-robin-style Deathmatch tournament. You need to get your enemy team’s life count to zero before doing the same to you. 

Everyone will start with the same loadout, but you can earn cash in the match to purchase new equipment and get better. The general idea is that you can make small upgrades over the match or save your money for some game-changing scorestreaks at the end. 

The four maps — Airstrip, Trainyard, Market, and the Courtyard — will be battling across in the tournament until there is only one team in the lobby left standing. In the middle of the arena, the fifth area is the buy station, where you can purchase equipment for the next round. 

If you are eliminated in the match, you can still spectate and see how the rest of the teams do and even switch between the four arenas at will. Preload for the Call of Duty Vanguard alpha test is already available right now. You can download the game, so you can be ready to jump in as soon as the test goes live this Friday, August 27, at 10 a.m. PT. 


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