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Call of Duty: Vanguard: Release date, beta dates, and more

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is closer than ever, with an alpha and a beta under its belt. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to release this November, and as we know from the recent swath of reveal trailers and Gamescom 2021 coverage, it will follow four different people from four different countries as they experience WW2. One of those people will be played by the now-iconic voice actor Laura Bailey, who will portray a Soviet sniper named Polina Petrova. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard will also integrate with Call of Duty: Warzone, but it's not clear how it will do so yet – with Vanguard being revealed in Verdansk, it would appear both games will be coming together in a big way. This year's installment to the series will also have its own Zombies mode, which we will detail more below.

We've gathered everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard ahead of its release, from multiplayer details, Zombies, and more. Read on for everything you should know before you jump into Vanguard. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard Fast Facts

  • Call of Duty: Vanguard release date: November 5, 2021
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Format:  PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One

Call of Duty: Vanguard release date

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard launch date is set for November 5, 2021. Since Black Ops Cold War came out last fall, we were expecting Call of Duty: Vanguard to come out around this time, and Activision didn't disappoint. Currently, there's no timeline for when Vanguard will be integrated with Warzone. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard beta

The Call of Duty: Vanguard beta dates, modes, maps, and more have been confirmed, so it's time to prepare yourselves for battle. The beta will include the new Champion Hill and Patrol game modes, as well as the usual suspects: Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed. 

The Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will release in waves that favor PS4 and PS5 players. Here's the schedule:

  • Friday, September 10 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST  to Monday September, 13 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST(PS4 and PS5 only)
  • Thursday, September 16 @ @ 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST to Monday, September 20 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X players who have pre-ordered the game)

Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer

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A recent Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer leak revealed create-a-class weapon options. Thanks to the alpha that ran the weekend of August 28, some players were able to get a sneak peek at how the create-a-class feature will work in Vanguard. It looks like we'll have 10 attachment slots to work with along with the now-standard charms and stickers to spice up your weapon build.

We don't have many details on the Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer maps, but we can certainly expect a wide variety of locations based on the campaign. The Champion Hill map from the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha can be seen above. 

A Call of Duty: Vanguard open beta will take place in September from the 10-13 on a PlayStation exclusive beta. A second beta will be held from September 16-17 on PS4 and PS5, and for Xbox and PC players who pre-order the game. An open beta will be held on all platforms from September 18-20. 

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies will be a prequel to the current Black Ops Cold War Zombies storyline. The mode will be developed by Treyarch, the studio now infamous for its COD Zombies work. Aaron Helen, studio head at Sledgehammer Games, called the Vanguard Zombies mode the "first crossover" of the call of Duty franchise. "And, of course, while our historians were less helpful with this part of Vanguard, Treyarch has covered providing continuity with some lore while innovating on core gameplay, and we can't wait to share more about zombies in the weeks and months to come," Helen jokes. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone changed dramatically when it integrated with Black Ops Cold War. Not only did Verdansk become Verdansk '84, but a whole host of new weapons joined the battle royale. Expect something similar to happen after Vanguard debuts - although there's no details on what will actually happen in Warzone. Fans suspect Verdansk will be gone for good, with rumors swirling that Verdansk will be replaced by a WW2 setting

A reputable leaker hinted at the map on Twitter, suggesting the new Warzone map will launch the same day as Call of Duty: Vanguard. We don't have any confirmation of this, but stay tuned, as we'll update you on Vanguard/Warzone integration as soon as we hear news. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard setting

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is set during World War 2 – but it's not your great-grandfather's World War 2. It's promising a brand new take on the commonly covered content by taking players to various different nations during the war and honing in on specific individuals' experiences. You'll swap between the perspectives of four main characters including Soviet sniper Polina Petrova and British paratrooper Arthur Kinglsey.  

The "multinational group of soldiers" are known as Task Force One, and you'll travel with them to North Africa, the Eastern Front, the Western front, and the Pacific. That means you can expect a ton of different environments, locations, and weapons which will of course carry over into multiplayer maps and modes.

Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha kicked off Friday, August 27 and ended Sunday, August 29. It was available only for PlayStation players and included just one brand-new mode: Champion Hill. Champion Hill is a mini round-robin tournament that pits duos or trios against each other in smaller battle areas on a large map. Grabbing pick-ups or taking out enemies will earn you cash that you can spend during buy rounds. It's a fun mode, but if you missed out on it don't fret, as a Call of Duty: Vanguard beta is on the horizon. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal trailer

The Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal trailer dropped right after Call of Duty Warzone players went up against a train in another example of Warzone integrating new Call of Duty games. The Warzone meta dropped players into a Battle of Verdansk event which involved blowing up a tank that was on the rail line in Verdansk with roof-mounted turrets. After defeating the durable train, the reward was a few cosmetics and the Vanguard reveal. Not too shabby. 

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Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.