How to join the Call Of Duty: Vanguard open beta this weekend

Call Of Duty: Vanguard screenshot

Call Of Duty: Vanguard – something for the weekend (pic: Activision)

Everyone can play Call Of Duty: Vanguard this week and it even has cross-play, but is the new open beta worth your time?

Keeping track of when a video game is released and when you can play all the various alphas, betas, and demos has never been more complicated, especially with the pandemic regularly making a mockery of planned release dates.

There’re also extra complications from timed exclusivity deals, which when it comes to Call Of Duty means PlayStation owners get to play most things early, including the most recent beta.

This weekend, though, the beta is open to everyone, not only that but it supports cross-play and doesn’t require you to pre-order the game – so there’s no excuse not to give it a go yourself.

When does the Call Of Duty: Vanguard open beta start?

The open beta begins at 6am BST on Saturday, September and lasts until 6pm BST on Monday, September 20. Sometimes these things go on for a few hours longer than originally planned, but there’s no guarantee of that ahead of time.

You don’t need to have pre-ordered the game to play the beta (those that did got early access to it on Thursday – see what we mean about this being complicated?) but you will need a account.

It’s free to sign up for a account, which is used for all Activision Blizzard games, and you can do so here.

What’s in the Call Of Duty: Vanguard beta?

Your progression in the beta will be carried across to the final game, if you want it to be, and there is quite a bit of content to sift through, including six operators to try out.

You’ve got all the basic modes, including Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Search & Destroy, but also new Gunfight variant Champion Hill and Patrol – a variation of Hardpoint where the scoring zone is always moving.

The size of the maps is one of the biggest talking points with Vanguard so far, with some players complaining that the maps are too big for 6 vs. 6 matches. Tactical matches always have that number of people though, with Assault allowing for between 20 and 28 players in total and Blitz for between 24 and 48.

Which you choose is up to you, but the obvious advice is give everything a go and see what you like, and whether the game as a whole is something you’ll be interested in buying when it’s released on November 5.

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