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Call of Duty Vanguard release date: Launch time, cheapest price, best deal

Buy CoD Vanguard at CD Keys, Amazon or Tesco if you want to get the cheapest price - these are the best deals we've spotted!

Call of Duty Vanguard is coming.
Activision/Sledgehammer Games
Published: Friday, 5th November 2021 at 11:25 am

What time does Call of Duty: Vanguard start? It already has! Today is new CoD game day, with Vanguard launching into the UK in the early hours of the morning on 5th November 2021.

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That's right, folks. The Call of Duty: Vanguard release date has arrived, and whether you're playing on Xbox or PC or looking for the best PS4 price, you've come to the right place for some buying advice to get you started with CoD Vanguard.

You'll find all of the key details on Call of Duty: Vanguard below, including the best deals and cheapest prices that we could find at the likes of Tesco, Amazon and CD Keys.

When is the Call of Duty Vanguard release date?

When is Call of Duty: Vanguard coming out? This very day! The Call of Duty: Vanguard release date is Friday, 5th November 2021, which is today. We can see ourselves spending a lot of time with this game in the winter months ahead!

When is the Call of Duty Vanguard release time?

Is Call of Duty: Vanguard out yet? Yes! Here in the UK, the Call of Duty: Vanguard release time was 4am GMT on 5th November.

In the USA, the game actually launched the night before - for American fans, the CoD: Vanguard launch time was either 9pm PDT or 12am EDT on 4th November, depending on your local time zone!

Around the globe, these were the Call of Duty: Vanguard release times to watch out for:

  • USA: 12am EDT or 9pm PDT
  • Brazil: 1am BRT on 5th November
  • UK: 4am GMT on 5th November
  • Central Europe: 5am CET on 5th November
  • Russia: 7am MSK on 5th November
  • Hong Kong: 12pm HKT on 5th November
  • South Korea: 1pm KST on 5th November
  • Japan: 1pm JST on 5th November
  • Australia: 3pm AEDT on 5th November

Where to buy Call of Duty Vanguard - CD Keys, Tesco and more

The time for CoD Vanguard pre-orders is over - you can now buy the game outright from whatever retailer you like (if you've got a stack of loyalty points saved up somewhere, this might be a good time to use them).

If you're a fan of brick and mortar stores, there are plenty of options in the UK: CoD Vanguard can be found at Argos, Tesco and GAME as well as plenty of other shops. We can't see CoD Vanguard stock at Sainsbury's, though.

If you're more of an online shopper, there are plenty of places where you can buy CoD Vanguard online: Amazon will sell you a boxed copy, while CoD Vanguard digital download codes can be bought online at places like CD Keys.

Call of Duty Vanguard cheapest price, best deal

How much does Call of Duty Vanguard cost? Is CoD Vanguard free? Sadly, the answer to that second question is no. Call of Duty: Vanguard is a paid game that you'll need to shell out an upfront cost in order to play.

From what we can tell, the recommended CoD Vanguard price is £64.99 GBP for the current-gen version, or it's £69.99 for the next-gen version. On Amazon, there are a couple of little deals running, meaning that you can save £6.99 on either version.

The best price deal we've seen so far for Call of Duty: Vanguard is at CD Keys, where the PC version will cost you just £42.99. Get that pre-order placed if you haven't already!

Depending on which version of CoD Vanguard you want to buy, then, these are the cheapest prices and best deals we could find:

How big is the Call of Duty Vanguard download size?

Have you got enough space for the CoD Vanguard digital download? The Call of Duty: Vanguard download size has been confirmed for consoles and computers, with Activision revealing these file size details for each platform:

  • PlayStation 5: 64.13 GB Download | 89.84 GB Required Space
  • PlayStation 4: 54.65 GB Download | 93.12 GB Required Space
  • Xbox Series X/S: 61 GB Download | 61 GB Required Space
  • Xbox One: 56.6 GB Download | 56.6 GB Required Space
  • PC: 61 GB Download | 61 GB Required Space

How long is the Call of Duty Vanguard campaign?

How long will it take to beat the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign? How many hours long is the CoD Vanguard story? Those are valid questions to have before you load up the game.

From what the first reviewers have said, it sounds like the CoD Vanguard campaign length is around five to seven hours - that's how long it should take you to beat the main story.

How many missions are there in the CoD Vanguard campaign? There are nine missions in the CoD Vanguard campaign at launch, and each one should take you 45 minutes or less to complete (depending on how good you are).

Read more on Call of Duty:

Could I pre-load Call of Duty Vanguard on PC or console?

Console players could pre-load Call of Duty: Vanguard on PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, and PC players were able to pre-load the game on Activision's Battle.net launcher. Now that the game is out, though, it's a bit late to be thinking about pre-loading it! Just get the game installed and start playing as soon as you can.

What was the Call of Duty Vanguard pre-order bonus?

If you do pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard on PlayStation, you should receive this in-game swag for Warzone and Black Ops: Cold War as a pre-order bonus:

  • Night Raid Mastercraft Weapon Blueprint
  • Operator Arthur Kingsley
  • Ghost of War Ultra Skin

And that's not the only pre-order bonus for Vanguard! If you bought the Standard Edition (£49.99 from CD Keys) for PS4 or Xbox One, you should've got the Frontline Weapons Pack

If you bought the Cross-Gen Edition (£62.99 from CD Keys), you should've gained the ability to play Vanguard across an old-gen console and a new-gen console (e.g. PS4 and PS5, or Xbox One and Xbox Series X). And you'll also get the Frontline Weapons Pack and five hours of 2WXP.

If you bought the Ultimate Edition (£81.99 from CD Keys), you'll get everything from the Cross-Gen Edition as well as a special Vanguard Battle Pass Bundle.

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Official artwork for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies

Like the undead would miss out on the Call of Duty: Vanguard fun. Zombies, who have been a big part of the CoD landscape for some time now, will be back for Vanguard.

Wolfram Von List is the antagonist for this latest zombie story and, alongside, Kortifex the Deathless, he is intent on raising the dead and using them to help turn the tide of war. This feels like a huge leap to zombie mode and it continues the development that we had in the last game with the Dark Ether story. Check out a trailer for Vanguard Zombies below.

And if you want to know the full ins and outs of what is coming, Treyarch have a whole blog post that is about all things zombie!

What is the Call of Duty Vanguard story?

Is CoD Vanguard a new game? Yes, it very much is, and it will have a full campaign to match. (Unlike Battlefield 2042, which isn't including a story mode this time.)

The Call of Duty: Vanguard story campaign has been described like so: "Experience combat through an interweaving story of multinational heroes that formed Task Force One and set the stage for Special Forces as we know it."

The four main playable characters will be Private Lucas Riggs (20th Battalion, Australian 9th Infantry Division, British Eighth Army), Sergeant Arthur Kingsley (9th Parachute Battalion, British Army), Lieutenant Wade Jackson (Scouting Squadron Six, United States Navy) and Lieutenant Polina (Petrova of the 138th Rifle Division, Red Army).

The description adds: "The four playable characters overcome the desperation and chaos of war, captured by the Axis powers, each rising from the trenches to become one of the original Operatives; the prototype for the modern special forces soldier as they fight for victory in tide-turning battles across the globe."

Will CoD Vanguard have Warzone?

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Call of Duty: Vanguard will have a significant impact on Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale CoD game that continues to link to its paid big brothers. Fans have been told there will be "a fully integrated Call of Duty: Warzone experience" for Vanguard, "featuring a new and massive map".

The new Warzone Vanguard map will be called the Pacific Caldera map, and owners of CoD: Vanguard will be able to access it from 2nd December 2021 at 9am PDT (that's 5pm GMT here in the UK).

24 hours later, players that haven't purchased Vanguard can try out the Pacific Caldera map for free - so that's 5pm GMT on 3rd December for the free-to-play launch of the CoD Warzone Vanguard Pacific Caldera map.

Which consoles and platforms will Call of Duty Vanguard be on?

Call of Duty: Vanguard will launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC, with Activision's Battle.net platform being the one place to play it on PC. That's all the usual suspects, then, basically!

Does Call of Duty Vanguard have crossplay?

Does Call of Duty: Vanguard have crossplay? Yes, it does! Activision has confirmed that CoD Vanguard "is cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-generation enabled."

This means you'll be able to play against your mates on other consoles, regardless of which generation of machines they come from, and you'll even be able to carry your own progress across different platforms. PC players will also be able to take on console players, and vice versa.

Call of Duty Vanguard PC Requirements

Here are the PC requirements for Call of Duty: Vanguard!

Operating System:

Minimum: Windows 10 64-bit (latest update)
Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: Windows 10 64-bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64-bit (latest update)

CPU:

Minimum: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
Recommended: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Competitive: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Ultra 4K: Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

RAM:

Minimum: 8 GB
Recommended: 12 GB
Competitive/Ultra 4K: 16 GB

Storage Space:

Minimum: 36 GB at launch (Multiplayer and Zombies only)
Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: 61 GB at launch

Hi-Rez Assets Cache:

Minimum/Recommended/Competitive: Up to 32 GB
Ultra 4K: Up to 64 GB

Video Card:

Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
Recommended: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
Competitive: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/RTX 3060 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700XT
Ultra 4K: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Video Memory:

Minimum: 2 GB
Recommended: 4 GB
Competitive: 8 GB
Ultra 4K: 10 G

Is there a trailer for Call of Duty Vanguard?

There is indeed a trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard! You can take a look below to see what Sledgehammer Games has in store for you this time. That November release date can't come soon enough.

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