Call of Duty: Vanguard: How to access the PlayStation Alpha this weekend

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With Call of Duty: Vanguard on the way, and set to release this November, Activision and Sledgehammer Games are giving PlayStation users the chance to jump into the game’s newest multiplayer mode: Champion Hill.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation Alpha runs for 48 hours from August 27 (10:00 a.m. PT) through August 29 (10:00 A.m. PT). Clearly, it’s only available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. But other than console, there are no limitations. As long as you own a PS4 or PS5, you can jump in and play — not even a PlayStation Plus subscription requirement.

The Alpha will give players a chance to go hands-on with Champion Hill, the newest mode that’s an evolution Gunfight. As previously detailed, Champion Hill is a “tournament-style, multi-map and multi-life game mode” that emphasizes individual player skill. The game mode supports Duo (2v2) or Trio (3v3) squads with the ultimate goal to be the last squad standing.

Although everyone begins the game with the same Loadout, you are able to collect cash — by taking enemy lives or finding it scattered across the map — and purchase weapons, armaments, equipment, Perks, and Killstreaks during the Buy Rounds.

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A more in-depth guide to Champion Hill will be shared prior to the PlayStation Alpha.

Pre-loading for the Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation Alpha is now live. Here are the downloads for the PS4 and PS5 versions for the Americas.

Those of you who have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War installed can access the Vanguard Alpha through the main menu after it is downloading. Selecting the Alpha menu on the far left of those individual game’s main menu screen will either bring you directly into the Alpha or to the Vanguard Alpha download page on the PlayStation Store.

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Participating in the Call of DUty: Vanguard Alpha will not only give you a chance to play the game early, but will reward you with a Calling Card and Emblem, accessible in the game upon release as well as in Warzone once it is updated.