Rewinding back to 2019, it was a surprise to learn that developer Sledgehammer Games would be retracting its status as a three-year developer for the Call of Duty franchise. Due to a complication with the development for the planned release coming in 2020 between the team and Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games was out of the equation, Kotaku reported.
However, entering 2021 welcomed new rumors that Sledgehammer Games would be making its way back to the series with a new release for this year. The claim told that the team would be re-entering with another World War II entry later this fall. It was not until this past May that Sledgehammer Games itself verified the speculation for this year’s release and its involvement.
Last week, the team alongside Activision unveiled Call of Duty: Vanguard, which confirms the initial rumor on the game as well. Now, the firm shares that a planned Alpha test will be coming to PlayStation later this week. You can watch the Alpha trailer in the video below:
“From August 27 at 10 AM PT to August 29 at 10 AM PT, every single PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owner will be able to participate in the Call of Duty: Vanguard PlayStation Alpha, featuring Sledgehammer Games’ innovative new game mode known as Champion Hill,” Sledgehammer Games shares in the blog post.
“This 48-hour play session is your first opportunity to play Call of Duty: Vanguard two months before its November 5 release, and for most PlayStation owners, a PlayStation Plus Subscription is not required.” For PlayStation 5, the Alpha is said to be roughly 20 GB. However, PlayStation 4 file size varies depending on the region you are from it appears.
Additionally, there is details on the Beta for the game as well. Those that pre-order the game can expect it to arrive earlier on certain platforms. Specifically, PlayStation early time initiates from September 10 to September 13 with its open beta prompted from September 16 to September 20. During that, Xbox & PC gets early beta from September 16 to September 17 then a fully integrated open beta remains from September 18 to September 20, Activision shares.
Are you excited to get hands-on with Call of Duty: Vanguard?
Call of Duty: Vanguard ships on November 5, 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.