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Activision lifted the cover of Call of Duty: Vanguard last week with a big discount that covered everything from the basic premise – an international superstar is trying to pursue Hitler 2.0 – to how the developers created the creepy red sky over the game. Stalingrad. Now we have the last detail that everyone was waiting for: when you can try it.
An alpha test will run this weekend, August 27-29, but exclusively on PlayStation consoles, which is of no use to us, except that it will feature the new multiplayer mode of Champion Hill seen in the top trailer . It's a "tournament-style, multi-map, multi-life game mode" that pits teams of two or three people in a kind of real battle: they all start with the same load, but cash is earned through pick-ups or Kills will allow players to upgrade their weapons and buy new equipment, perks, and shots during "purchase rounds" that occur between "combat rounds."
All this takes place in a single large map divided into four sections: the runway, the train yard, the market, the yard and the shopping station area in the middle of everything, and if it is removed, you can watch the action unfold from a viewing platform at the Buy Station.
After the alpha test, comes the beta, the first weekend of which will take place from 10 to 13 September and …sorry—It is also exclusive to PlayStations. The weekend after this is the time when the rest of us can start the action: anyone who has pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard can jump into action on September 16, while the version open beta starts two days later, on september 18th. This beta session runs until September 20, and you must have a Battle.net account to participate. An the ultra wide monitor probably wouldn't hurt either.
Activision did not specify what exactly will be available in the beta, but to be clear that it is only multiplayer – I'm afraid there is no campaign in the tests. Call of Duty: Vanguard is scheduled to hit the market on November 5, and yes, there will be zombies.