When will the COD Vanguard Beta be? All about dates, content and platforms

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After having released the details of the Open Alpha of Call of Duty: Vanguardfor Activision and fans of the series it is already time to plan the Beta version of the game, which will obviously be much more substantial.

After last week’s reveal, the expected details regarding the Beta version of Call of Duty: Vanguardthe new game in the series developed by Sledgehammer Games and a few other Activision studios – including Treyarch, who will take care of the Zombies mode and the return of the Dark Aether Story.

As for the Alpha, announced a few hours ago, most of the leaks in recent days have been confirmed by the official announcement of Activision, but let’s see in more detail what awaits us in this further trial version of the game which this time will not be limited to the mode Champion Hill.

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On the occasion of the announcement of the Beta and Alpha, Activision also announced that on September 7, shortly before the beginning of the Early Access of the trial version, the multiplayer PvP of Vanguard will be unveiled.

Now let’s see everything about the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta.

[AGGIORNAMENTO 2 SETTEMBRE] Below you will find all the updated details of the Beta, released by Sledgehammer Games on September 2 for the next few days.

Contents of the Beta version

The Vanguard Beta will focus on the classic multiplayer sector, and information has been released about maps, modes and weapons. There will also be Champion Hill, which PlayStation users have been able to preview in the Alpha version.

Zero hope, however, as regards the Zombies mode. As they say, get it out of your head – the mode will not be present in the Vanguard Beta.


  • Hill Champion
  • Royal Hotel
  • Gavutu
  • Red Star
  • Eagle’s Nest (weekend 2)


In addition to Champion Hill, Vanguard will introduce another new game mode: Patrol. Based on Hardpoint, this goal-based mode features an almost constant moving scoring zone; if operators want to accumulate points for their team, they must keep up and move around the map within this patrol point.

These modes add to classic offerings like Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Search & Destroy.

Modes available in Beta:

  • Champion Hill (Solo, Duo, Trio)
  • Team Deathmatch
  • Domain
  • Killing confirmed
  • Patrol (start of Saturday of weekend 1)
  • Search and Destroy (Weekend 2)


Champion Hill

  • Weapons persist through matches. There are ten weapon upgrades, each adding an accessory.
  • There will be three sets of rotating weapons, with 2 ARs, 2 LMGs, 2 snipers, 2 rifles and 2 pistols.


  • For classic multiplayer, you will be able to level up weapons to level 30.
  • PlayStation players will receive 2 additional custom loading slots (12 in total, 10 for other platforms).

How to access the Beta

Like the past years, the Beta will be divided into two periods which will concern first those who pre-order the game, and subsequently all the players.

The Beta is in fact accessible with early access for those who decide to pre-order Call of Duty: Vanguard. If you pre-order the game digitally, in any of its editions, you will automatically be unlocked access to the Beta download when it becomes available. If, on the other hand, you pre-order Vanguard at a retail reseller, you will be provided with a code that you will have to enter on the reference digital store, depending on the platform you have chosen for the preorder, to unlock the Beta in the future.

Physical retailers may not have the codes available yet, but we’re not sure about that yet. If you have particular news on this, you can report them here in the comments.

After the Early Access reserved for those who pre-order Vanguard, the Beta will be available for free to all players.

Download size

There are no precise indications about the weight of the software yet, however rumors from the Xbox world suggest that the Vanguard Beta could weigh up to 50 GB.

If confirmed, it would be quite in line with what has been seen in recent years. The Black Ops Cold War Beta, for example, released in September 2020, weighed in at 31GB on PS4, 21GB on Xbox One, and 40GB on PC.

Furthermore, we do not know if this Beta could also be published as a sort of “update” for the Alpha version published on PlayStation. We look forward to updates from Sledgehammer Games.

At your place

The Beta will be available first for PlayStation users on both PS5 and PS4 only for customers who pre-order the game. The second weekend of the beta will open to all PlayStation players, along with Xbox and PC players.

Here are the dates of the Beta:

  • PlayStation (pre-order required): 10-13 September
  • PlayStation Open Beta: September 16-20
  • Xbox and PC (pre-order required): September 16-17
  • Open Beta for Xbox and PC: from 18 to 20 September

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