Is Call of Duty Vanguard Cross Platform?

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Call of Duty: Vanguard (aka CoD Vanguard) is a first-person shooter game, and it’s the 18th entry in the popular Call of Duty franchise. CoD Vanguard returns the series to a World War II setting.

CoD Vanguard was developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision. The release date is November 5, 2021, and it’s available on several platforms such as PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles.

Being available for so many different game systems, is Call of Duty Vanguard cross platform? And what about cross-gen and cross-progression?

Put on your dog tag and let’s take a nose dive into the trenches.

What is Call of Duty: Vanguard. – A quick overview.

  • Game Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Game Publisher: Activision
  • Genre: First-person shooter

Sledgehammer Games developed Vanguard with a World War II setting in mind, so the single-player campaign takes place across four different World War II frontlines.

You’ll be playing missions that take place in the Pacific, the Western Front, the Eastern front, and North Africa. The narrative focuses on untold tales of multinational heroes who acted as special forces and turned the tides of the war.

Gameplay

Call of Duty: Vanguard has both a large single-player campaign and a robust multiplayer mode.

Vanguard’s multiplayer mode is launching with 20 maps. Sixteen of the maps are for the core game while four are reserved for a new game mode called Champion Hill. This mode is essentially a two-on-two arena fighting mode. 

The rest of the experience will be the Call of Duty multiplayer that players have come to love. There are a few differences to matchmaking to note, though.

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Players can choose the intensity and pacing of the games that will pop up in matchmaking. You can choose from tactical, assault, and blitz with each option favoring certain types of multiplayer matches.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies

So are there Zombies in CoD Vanguard? Of course, there are!

Call of Duty Vanguard stays true to the popular story arch about the Nazi Zombies and Dark Aether, which we know from other CoD games.

What platforms are Call of Duty: Vanguard Available For?

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available for:

  • PC (Microsoft Windows) on Battle.net
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S – higher framerates, better graphics, shorter load times, and more (compared to Xbox One)
  • PlayStation 4 (PS4)
  • PlayStation 5 (PS5) – higher framerates, better graphics, shorter load times, and more (compared to PS4)

If you purchase The Cross-Gen Bundle from start, you’ll get a license to play both PS4/PS5 or Xbox One/Series X|S. That means that if you upgrade your platform from fx a PS4 to PS5, the game will already be available to you, without the need for you to purchase an additional upgrade.

The same is true for the Digital Ultimate Edition, though this also gives you further things such as Battle Pass, skins, and more on both PC and consoles.

Conclusion: Is Call of Duty Vanguard cross platform in 2022?

So, is Call of Duty Vanguard cross platform? Yes, CoD Vanguard is true cross-platform. That means that you can crossplay Call of Duty Vanguard between PC and all consoles and vice versa. This also means that CoD Vanguard is true cross-generation between PS4 and PS5 as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.


Call of Duty: Vanguard FAQ

Here are the answers to some other frequently asked questions about Call of Duty: Vanguard:

Does Call of Duty: Vanguard support cross progression?

Yes, Call of Duty: Vanguard is cross progression. That means that everything from your profile, in-game progression, digital content (such as skins) is available to you from any platform as long as you log in on the same Activision account.

Can I play CoD Vanguard on PS5 without the disc if I upgrade?

No, unfortunately, if you own the PS4 standard edition of CoD Vanguard and upgrade to the digital version on PS5, you still need to have the disc inserted.

That means that you can’t give the disc to a friend and play together from the upgraded digital version because it’s essentially still the same licensed version of the game.

For both Xbox and Playstation, this also means, that physical editions of the game (including upgrades) can’t be played on a disc-less version of PS5 or Xbox Series X.

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