Calling all PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 owners! After the Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal a few days ago, we’re excited to bring more good news: From August 27 at 10 AM PT to August 29 at 10 AM PT, you will be able to participate in Call of Duty: Vanguard. PlayStation Alpha, featuring Sledgehammer Games’ innovative new game mode Champion Hill.
This PlayStation exclusive Alpha is not only the first opportunity to play the newest multiplayer mode in the Call of Duty franchise, but also the first opportunity to play Call of Duty: Vanguard ahead of its release on November 5. This will be just a small portion of the overall multiplayer offering coming to Call of Duty: Vanguard when it launches, but it’s a great opportunity for PlayStation players to get their hands on the game and provide valuable feedback to Sledgehammer Games.
For most PlayStation players, a PlayStation Plus * subscription is not required. All you need is a console and an internet connection to participate, and no reservation is required.
Before we dive into the details of how you can access Alpha, we wanted to give you some background on what Champion Hill stands for, as well as some tips to make sure you finish on top.
Champion Hill Primer
Sledgehammer Games is proud to present Champion Hill, a multi-arena survival tournament where tactics and strategy are combined with fast-action and melee shooting. The mode is all about shocking gameplay, from the intense periods of combat to the decisions made in between.
On Champion Hill, your squad, which during Alpha will be a duo (2v2) or a trio (3v3), will compete in a free-for-all tournament against seven other squads, with each squad having a set number of lives to start with. . The mission is to reduce the life counts of all other squads to zero in a series of timed combat rounds, before the same thing happens to you. Go ahead and claim victory on Champion Hill.
In this mode, everyone starts out with the same load, but will collect cash by taking enemy lives and collecting drops scattered across the map. This money will allow you to upgrade your starting weapons and buy new weapons, equipment, perks, and kill streaks during the purchase rounds that take place between combat rounds.
It’s in the buying rounds that the real strategy comes in (more on that below). No two matches will be the same, as the way you use the cash during each match (for example, if it is kept for larger upgrades as the rounds progress, or is it used in smaller, incremental upgrades throughout out of the way) will greatly change the way you and your squad counter every other squad. It’s a game of chess, and one that has plenty of opportunities to dynamically evolve as each game progresses.
But anyone knows that a great strategy is only as good as its execution. And with that, players can be sure that their skill in those rounds of combat will determine whether or not the glory is earned.
Another unique aspect of Champion Hill is that it is made up of four maps combined in the Champion Hill arena. Specifically, there is a central Buy Station area and four combat arenas: airstrip, train yard, market, and courtyard. An interesting feature of this setup is that once you are eliminated, you can see how the tournament continues from the Buy Station Area spectator platform. You can also press the Up direction button to enter spectator mode, get a bird’s eye view of the battle, or select an area to see the fight through your competitor’s eyes. But ideally it doesn’t come to that. Let’s discuss some ways to help you stand on top of Champion Hill.
Tips for being the last squad standing
Know your enemy:
As mentioned above, buy rounds are where you and your squad have the opportunity to use the money you earned to upgrade your gear (including weapons, perks, and kill streaks).
However, the key here is not just to focus on your own firepower, but to pay attention to the style and charges the other squads go with each Combat Round. It may be worth countering a superior enemy’s choice of weapons or perks, that is, choosing a certain weapon that works best in situations where they are weak or an advantage that outweighs their strengths.
At a basic level, having an idea of how aggressive or vigilant the other squads are will go a long way toward getting closer to your next Buy Round to defeat them.
Diversify your approach:
Try a few different tactical approaches for each match until you get a feel for where your pace is.
For example, it may make sense in a match to make sure you keep up the pace from the start. What this can mean is that you are spending cash each Purchase Round, accumulating firepower at all times and maintaining service with the rest of the teams. If this works and you end up being one of the last two teams standing, it is quite possible that you will find yourself in a white knuckle fight between a uniformly armed enemy, where your squad’s combat prowess will make all the difference.
Or it may make sense to keep the cash you are earning along the way, either by making more modest (cheaper) upgrades during each Buy Round or not at all. That’s until the very end, where you’ve amassed enough cash to buy that Killstreak (or maybe a V2 rocket) that could destroy the lives of the remaining squads in one fell swoop. There’s no need for a final takedown and drag fight here.
There are benefits and risks to each, and it may mean taking a few different shots in both tactical approaches to see which one works best for you and your squad.
A safe bet: focus on weaponry:
If you’re having trouble claiming victory in this mode, try to focus on upgrading your starting weapons early on. Upgrading your starting weapons is profitable and will help you get more bonuses in the early games. When you have cash later in the game, then you might consider trading your secondary for that LMG or sniper you’ve been looking at.
These are just a few tips to get you started with this incredibly fun new mode that Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty: Vanguard, and that PlayStation players will experience in Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha which will be available on August 27.
Find out more about preload time and alpha access below, but until then we hope to see you all at Champion Hill next weekend.
Regional download and preload links
Preloading will begin on August 23 at 3 a.m. M. PT, ahead of Alpha’s scheduled launch on August 27 at 10 a.m. M. PT.
Download Alpha from the links below for your respective region:
How to access Alpha
Those who have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War installed can access Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha through the main menu after downloading it.
Within any of the menus of those released games, selecting the Alpha menu sheet, on the far left of the main menu screen, takes you to the Alpha to jump and play if you have already downloaded it, or it redirects you to its home page. download on the PlayStation Store.
All entrants will receive a business card and emblem, which will be accessible in Call of Duty: Vanguard upon release, as well as in Warzone upon Vanguard integration.
Book now in digital
This Alpha is just a sample Call of Duty: Vanguard. Expect more modes, maps, and weapons in the upcoming Beta in September and at the game’s launch on November 5.
Visit PlayStation Store to pre-order digitally now and get instant rewards like Night Raid Mastercraft Weapon Blueprint for immediate use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone; ** Secure early access to Open Beta, *** first on PS5 and PS4; and receive additional bonuses that will be available in Call of Duty: Vanguard at launch, such as the Frontline Weapons Pack.
Alpha begins August 27, 2021 on PS4 and PS5. Actual platform availability and Alpha release dates are subject to change. Visit www.callofduty.com/alpha for more details. The minimum duration of Alpha is 2 days. Limited Time. Requires internet connection.
* PS4 ™ and PS5 ™ owners in Germany will require a PS Plus subscription due to the age rating of the game. A nominal fee is required for PS4 ™ and PS5 ™ owners in Japan.
** Offer content and availability may vary by region and are subject to change. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War / Call of Duty: Warzone ™ required on pre-order platform to redeem offer. Sold / download separately. Must be redeemed before November 5, 2022.
*** Actual platform availability and MP Beta release dates are subject to change. The minimum duration of the open beta is 2 days. For a limited time only, while Early Access beta codes last, at participating retailers. Requires internet connection. Online multiplayer subscription may be required.