In a few hours the second phase of the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta, which will give players a chance to try out the multiplayer modes of the new shooter from Activision and Sledgehammer Games. In this guide we will explain how to access the beta, date and times, available modes and maps, what rewards you will get for participating and everything you need to know.
How to access the beta
The second weekend of the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will begin at 19:00 on Thursday 16 September and will be divided into two phases. During the first, all PS5 and PS4 players will be able to participate, while those on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC will only have access if they have pre-ordered the physical or digital version of the game, or if they have a promotional code. During the second phase, however, the beta will be open to all platforms without restrictions. In particular:
- From 19:00 on Thursday 16 September to the same time on Saturday 18 September, the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will be open to all PS5 and PS4 players and with early access (i.e. for those who have pre-ordered the game) on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S.
- From 19pm on Saturday 00 September until the same time on Monday 18 September, the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will be available on all platforms and open to all players.
The beta client is already available in the reference digital stores of each platform. If you have not already done so, then we recommend that you download it right now so that you are ready for the servers to open.
Level cap, progress transfer and free rewards
Those looking to invest a lot of their weekend on the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta will be happy to hear that it will be possible to go up up to level 30 which will allow you to access some functions, such as custom loadouts (starting at level 4), unlock perks and much more. However, please note that progress made in the beta will not be transferable to the full game.
On the other hand, by participating in the testing phase you will get a series of free rewards. Reaching at least level 20 will receive the Rat-A-Tat weapon blueprint when Vanguard is launched. Instead, as a giveaway for simply logging into the beta, you'll unlock Operator Arthur Kingsley for free in Call of Duty: Mobile.
To get the Operator you will first need to make sure you have linked your Activision account to Call of Duty Mobile, here you will find more details about it. If you have met this requirement and started the Vanguard beta with your account at least once, you will receive a code to redeem Kingsley by email at this address. Once this step is complete, launch Call of Duty: Mobile and redeem your reward from the inbox.
Maps, Beta Modes and Operators
During the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta you can try the mode Classic Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Search and Destroy. Added to these is Patrol, a new Hardpoint-based objective-based mode. These will take place on the Hotel Royal, Red Star, Gavutu and Eagle's Nest maps. In addition, you can also try the Hill of Champions mode, a fast and frenetic tournament in Solo, Couple and Threesome on the Airstrip, Trainyard, Market and Courtyard maps.
In the Vanguard beta it will also be possible to play the role of 6 Operators:
- Daniel Take Yatsu
- Arthur Kingsley
- Roland Zeimet
- Lucas Riggs
- Polina Petrova
- Wade Jackson
Battle Rhythm is a new feature introduced in the Call of Duty series that allows players to choose match intensity based on the number of players. Here are the options available in the beta:
- Tactical: These are the lobbies that veterans of the series know well. It's the experience classic Call of Duty combat has accustomed you to. The tactical combat pace is always 6v6.
- Assault: This option offers a balanced Battle Rhythm that offers breathing room and plenty of targets to kill. Assault is a cross between Tactical and Blitz. During Beta Weekend 1, the number of players will fluctuate between 20 and 28.
- Flash: Highly active lobbies will experience an increase in intensity to frenetic levels. Prepare for endless combat by choosing a Blitz. During Beta Weekend 1, the number of players will fluctuate between 28 and 48.
Those who want to jump into a game quickly can always set the Battle Pace to "All" and get a variety of Battle Pace between each match, just as Quick Match allows you to jump between modes.
The PC system requirements of the beta
Activision shared the system requirements of the PC version of the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Note that these may vary from those of the full game.
Here are the system requirements minimum and recommended Call of Duty: Vanguard beta for PC:
- Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit (1909 or later)
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
- RAM: 8GB
- Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380
- Storage space: 45 GB
- Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
- RAM: 16 GB
- Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
- Storage space: 45 GB