Sledgehammer Games’ latest iteration on the Call of Duty franchise has come out of Alpha and is moving into its Beta period. Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next test period is a crossplay Open Beta that will run through the weekend and offer players on Xbox and PlayStation consoles and PC the chance to play together and battle it out online. With the beta ready to begin, the details have been released and we’ve gathered them all for you here if you want to get in on the action, including start and end dates and times.
Last updated on September 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. PT.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Crossplay Open Beta start and end times
The Call of Duty Crossplay Open Beta will begin on September 16 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET and end on September 22 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. It will be playable on PC via Battle.net, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5, although only PC and Xbox consoles will be able to play together during September 16 and 17. However, all platforms will be able to play together from September 18 to 22. There will be no pre-order necessary to take part in the Open Beta on any platform.
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Players who take part in the Call of Duty: Vanguard Crossplay Open Beta will be able to play modes such as Search & Destroy, Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed, as well as the new Patrol mode, which is similar to Hardpoint. Included maps will be Hotel Royale set in Paris, France, Gavutu set in Japan, Red Star set in Stalingrad, Russia, and Eagle’s Nest set in Obersalzberg, Germany. Each of the game’s nine weapon classes will have a few weapons to build loadouts around, though it’s a limited taste of the game’s full arsenal.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will launch on November 2021. As the Crossplay Open Beta takes off this weekend, stay tuned for more updates and details leading up to the game’s launch.