PlayStation Users Get First Dibs on Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta

On Thursday, Activision Blizzard officially announced Call of Duty: Vanguard, the newest title in the ever-popular Call of Duty franchise. Set in World War 2, Call of Duty: Vanguard isn't looking to reinvent the wheel. It'll feature a cinematic story campaign, competitive multiplayer, and even a Zombies mode made by Treyarch. Another example of how Call of Duty: Vanguard is maintaining tradition is the confirmation that the game's beta will have a PlayStation exclusivity window.

It's now officially confirmed that Call of Duty: Vanguard's beta will be coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 ahead of other platforms. To be clear, Activision Blizzard hasn't officially announced its plans for Call of Duty: Vanguard's likely multiple betas, but that won't hold PlayStation back from confirming its exclusivity. When the beta arrives, those who pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard for PlayStation platforms will get to play before everyone else.

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As for what the PlayStation exclusivity window will look like when it eventually arrives, there's a bit of fine print that details what Call of Duty fans can expect. The exclusivity will apparently start at least five days on PlayStation before the beta expands to other platforms. It says it'll be available on PlayStation five days earlier, but it doesn't say it'll be playable for five days before other platforms.

With the officially announced information for Call of Duty: Vanguard's beta covered, there is some unconfirmed leaked information worth considering, as well. The ModernWarzone social media account leaked several key dates ahead of the reveal being announced, including the now-proven date of the reveal itself. The other dates include mention of both a PlayStation-exclusive alpha and beta. The PlayStation Alpha runs from August 27 through 29 and the PlayStation Beta will run from September 10 through 12. The "Beta for All" will then run from September 16 through 20. These dates have not been officially confirmed yet.

Further details about Activision Blizzard's plans for Call of Duty: Vanguard's betas haven't been shared yet, so it isn't clear what content will be available in the shooter's various betas. It could be just Call of Duty: Vanguard's base multiplayer or it could delve into some of the game's other modes. Expect to hear more in the next week, if the leaks are correct.

Obviously, exclusive beta windows or any type of exclusive content for an otherwise multiplatform game like Call of Duty: Vanguard aren't going to be popular. But so long as Activision Blizzard prioritizes PlayStation's money over player frustrations, and PlayStation believes the exclusivity is worth the negative feedback, these types of deals will continue happening head after year.

Call of Duty: Vanguard releases November 5 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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