Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha release times, download size and Champion Hill mode explained

Curious about what’s on the horizon? Here’s what you need to know about Call of Duty: Vanguard’s alpha release times to try Champion Hill.

Call of Duty: Vanguard will host a public alpha for PlayStation players.

In addition to offering the first hands-on experience for players around the world, the alpha will focus on the new multiplayer mode called Champion Hill. This will include a look at the Vanguard weapons and accessories on the boots of the story’s four main characters. Players will also receive exclusive rewards for participating.

This page will cover the Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha release times and how to access it, as well as download sizes and how Champion Hill works to best prepare for the weekend.

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When is Vanguard alpha? Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha UK/BST, CEST, EDT and PDT release times explained

The alpha release date for Call of Duty: Vanguard is Friday, August 27.

The start times are as follows:

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • US East Coast: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • US West Coast: 10 am (PDT)

Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha will be available until Sunday, August 29.

The final times are as follows:

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • US East Coast: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • US West Coast: 10 am (PDT)

As usual, be prepared for release times to change in case there are any last-minute changes or hiccups on the part of the developer.

The alpha won’t be the only opportunity to play Vanguard before launch.

If you can’t participate this weekend, don’t worry, there will be other opportunities in the future.

An open beta will take place from September 18 to 20 with cross-play enabled, preceded by two early access instances.

How to access Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha and preload times explained

Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha is available only for PlayStation players (both PS4 and PS5).

In order to access it, you must install Warzone or Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War. After downloading the alpha version, it will appear in the main menu. Fortunately, preloading is an option.

The Call of Duty: Vanguard alpha preload date is Monday, August 23.

You can start preloading the game at the following times:

  • United Kingdom: 23:00 (BST)
  • Europe: Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • US East Coast: 6 pm (EDT)
  • US West Coast: 3 pm (PDT)

In case you’re wondering about the download size, it’s the same for both PS4 and PS4 (thanks to @PlaystationSize on Twitter for the data mine).

That said, there are some small differences depending on your region, which you can see below:

  • US: 20,376 GB
  • EU: 21,233 GB
  • Asia: 19,961GB

As we mentioned, the alpha will focus on a new multiplayer mode called Champion Hill. If you want to know more about it before the weekend, the next section should cover the basics and then some.

If you’re interested in multiplayer, we have lists of multiplayer operators and maps, as well as the best Vanguard weapons, including the best STG44 loadout, the best MP40 loadout, and the best Automaton loadout, the best BAR loadout, the best combat shotgun loadout, best Type 100 Loadout and best Kar98k loadouts. In other ways, we can explain the best zombie builds and the best pacts.

How Champion Hill works in Vanguard

Building on ideas seen in Modern Warfare’s Gunfight mode, as well as Gunfight tournaments and Team Deathmatch playlists like Face-Off, Champion Hill is a hybrid between them.

This multiplayer mode has a tournament-style structure where squads try to defeat other squads in classic deathmatch. During the alpha, squads will be Duo (2v2) or Trio (3v3) for all players.

Basically all squads start with the same loadout, but you can upgrade your weapons or buy new ones, as well as equipment, perks, and killstreaks during rounds between matches. To do this, you will collect cash from defeated enemies.

Champion Hill is located on a map divided into five sections. This includes a central purchasing station area and four arenas for combat rounds. If you are eliminated, you will be able to watch the rest of the round from the buy station area.

In addition to this new mode, you can modify some of the weapons with up to 10 accessories. As for the operators, these will be the main characters of Vanguard: Lucas Riggs, Polina Petrova, Wade Jackson and Arthur Kingsley.

Finally, participating in the alpha will reward you with a calling card and emblem, which will be available in Vanguard upon launch, as well as in Warzone once both games have been integrated.

Until then, have fun during the alpha!

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