Fellow PlayStation owners, be prepared to be the first to ascend to glory through a brand-new Multiplayer mode to the franchise coming with Call of Duty: Vanguard, Champion Hill.
From August 27 at 10 AM PT to August 29 at 10 AM PT (August 28th, 1 AM Malaysia Time), ALL PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners will be able to participate in the Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation Alpha, featuring Sledgehammer Games’s innovative new game mode known as Champion Hill. This 48-hour play session will be your first opportunity to play Call of Duty: Vanguard two months before its November 5 release, and for most PlayStation owners, a PlayStation Plus subscription is not required*.
* PS4 and PS5 owners in Germany will need a PS Plus subscription due to the game’s age rating. Alpha starts August 27, 2021, on PS4 and PS5. The actual platform availability and launch date(s) of Alpha are subject to change. The Minimum Alpha duration is 2 days. Limited time only. Internet connection required.
Only a console and an internet connection are needed to participate with no preorder required — but after a few rounds of Champion Hill, it might be something worth considering.
What is Champion Hill?
In Champion Hill, your squad — either a Duo (2v2) or Trio (3v3) during the Alpha — will compete in a round-robin deathmatch tournament against other squads. Your mission is to reduce all other squads’ life count to zero before your whole squad is eliminated.
Everyone starts with the same Loadout, and while it can be lethal, collecting Cash — earned by taking enemy lives and picking up drops scattered around the map — will allow you to upgrade your starting weapons and purchase new armaments, equipment, Perks, and Killstreaks during Buy Rounds that happen between Combat Rounds.
Champion Hill also takes place on one large map split up into five sections. Specifically, there is a central Buy Station Area and four arenas for Combat Rounds: the Airstrip, the Trainyard, 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 victory for yourself.
Preloading and Regional Download Links
Preloading will begin on August 23 at 3 AM PT (August 23th, 6 PM Malaysia Time) ahead of the Alpha’s scheduled to launch on August 27 at 10 AM PT.
Download the free Alpha at the links below for your respective region:
Download Free PS5 Alpha: Americas.
Download Free PS5 Alpha: Europe, Middle East, Australia, or New Zealand.*
Download Free PS5 Alpha: Japan.
Download Free PS5 Alpha: Asia.
Download Free PS4 Alpha: Americas.
Download Free PS4 Alpha: Europe, Middle East, Australia, or New Zealand.*
Download Free PS4 Alpha: Japan.
Download Free PS4 Alpha: Asia.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer Reveal and Beta Dates Announced
As the Alpha approaches, you should know about one other pre-release experience of Call of Duty: Vanguard coming in September.
After a worldwide Multiplayer Reveal on Tuesday, September 7, get ready to experience the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta! This will be held over two weekends: from Friday, September 10 to Monday, September 13, and Thursday, September 16 to Monday, September 20.
The first weekend – September 10 to September 13 – will be for PlayStation owners who have pre-ordered the game.
The second weekend will be considered an Open Beta in its entirety for PlayStation owners. Those on other platforms will need to pre-order the game to access the first two days of the Beta (September 16 and 17), before it becomes an Open Beta for all platforms from Saturday, September 18 to Monday, September 20 at 10 AM PT.