Call of Duty: Vanguard is the newest upcoming title in the longrunning Call of Duty franchise. With a brand new trailer for Vanguard now out and making the rounds, players are finally getting to see multiplayer gameplay up close and personal.
But that's not nearly as up close as they will get to see it once Call of Duty: Vanguard's beta begins this weekend, from September 10 to Septmeber 13. To prepare players for exactly what they should expect for the multiplayer of this particular title, Activision put together a video detailing all the new and returning features for Call of Duty: Vanguard's multiplayer.
While the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta already confirmed certain maps and modes, the video shows them in greater detail. The maps are taken from all over the World War 2 theater, from the Pacific to Russia, with 20 maps in total. Sixteen of these maps are for standard multiplayer, including team deathmatch and a new mode called Patrol, which involves continuously capturing a hardpoint that moves across the map periodically. These maps can also be set to three different modes: Tactical, Assault, and Blitz, which control engagement speed or downtime between firefights (slow, medium, and fast, respectively).
The remaining four maps focus on Champion Hill, a mode introduced in the game's Alpha. Call of Duty: Vanguard's Champion Hill mode is a tournament where eight teams of two to three players compete to be the last team standing across the four maps all at once. Aside from gameplay modes, new features of gameplay were also talked about. The destructible environments were prominent, but also discussed was the returning mounted fire system, where players can more easily fire over or around cover. This comes with the ability to blind fire, where players stay crouched behind cover but poke their weapon out and fire with limited to no sight.
Further additions are ideas taken from recent, successful Call of Duty titles. This includes Call of Duty: Vanguard's own clans, a gunsmith mode, and create-a-class. This last feature is in addition to the unique cast of characters of Vanguard being the main players in the multiplayer as well, rather than nation-aligned teams.
While Vanguard's gunsmith mode leaked early, it is nevertheless one of the more exciting aspects of the game. Primary weapons can be customized with a variety of potent options, from the barrel to the ammunition.
Call of Duty: Vanguard releases on November 5 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.