How to play CoD Vanguard multiplayer free access: Dates, download, Shi No Numa & content

Keshav Bhat
vanguard player in season 4 uss texas map

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced a free access period for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer and Zombies modes. Find out how you can snag this free trial and enjoy Season 4’s content.

Every now and again Activision hands out free access trials to try and entice new players to experience the latest Call of Duty, and the company is continuing the tradition for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

The free access period for Vanguard will allow players to check out the multiplayer mode of Vanguard for free for a limited time, as well as the round-based Shi No Numa Zombies map.

Here’s everything you need to know about the one week of free access during Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard Season 4 free multiplayer access artwork

When does the next Call of Duty: Vanguard MP free trial start?

New players will have some time to get to grips with Vanguard’s multiplayer as the one week of access will start on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST, and end on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 AM PT, 11 AM ET, 4 PM BST.

The free access weeks will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC ahead of the Season 4 Reloaded update.

How to download the CoD Vanguard free access

Vanguard players in USS Texas map

Call of Duty players just need to find the Vanguard Free Access download in their platform’s store, then a few button prompts later, players will be able to get stuck into the game’s offerings.

Here’s what players will need to do:

  1. You need to go to your respective console’s store – PlayStation or Xbox
  2. Search for “Vanguard Free Access”
  3. A free trial option for Call of Duty: Vanguard should be available to download
  4. Download it, and then boot it up to play

For PC players, there will be an option to “PLAY FREE” on the client when you load into the Call of Duty: Vanguard tab. This will kick start the download and then let you begin accessing the free trial content.

CoD Vanguard MP free access content: Maps, modes, Zombies

Vanguard player with Marco 5 in Shi No Numa

The Call of Duty: Vanguard MP Free Access will include access to Season 4 content such as the remastered USS Texas map. Alongside this new map, players will be able to enjoy all of Vanguard’s maps and modes.

Perhaps even more exciting, players can experience some World at War nostalgia by jumping into all of the Zombies maps including Shi No Numa, where they can complete the new Main Quest easter egg.

If they decide to purchase the full game, players will have all of their unlocks carry over to the full game and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty, check out how to play in Modern Warfare 2’s open beta ahead of its October 28 launch.

SOURCE: Call of Duty blog

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Keshav Bhat is the Co-Founder of, the world's largest Call of Duty news site. Based in Atlanta, Keshav also serves as the Head of Social Media for Dexerto network, running a network of over 10 million social followers. Keshav can be contacted for tips at [email protected]

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