Activision Blizzard has officially announced the next instalment in their FPS behemoth - Call of Duty: Vanguard. It’s coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and PC via Battle.net on 5th November.
What to Expect
Vanguard sees a return to the ever-popular World War II setting. This time around developer Sledgehammer will tell the origin story of the Special Forces.
The campaign will be a fictional story that is “rooted in history”. It’ll revolve around a group of four soldiers collectively called Task Force One. They’ll go into the heart of Germany towards the end of WW2 to stop “Project Phoenix” - a plan to keep the Nazi party going following Hitler’s cowardly demise.
Missions will be set in pivotal battles across the world. Including The Battle of Midway and a night-time assault behind enemy lines the night before D-Day.
Multiplayer will see players taking on the roles of the original Special Forces operators. At launch, multiplayer will have 20 maps, including 16 6v6 maps and four 2v2 maps. These are set across the western front, the eastern front, north Africa and the Pacific. Sledgehammer stated that they are focused on smaller, tighter maps, which should make for some tense combat.
Gunsmith returns, this time with custom ballistics and ammo types. The ability to move along surfaces while mounted, as well as blind fire over cover have been added, with more map specific features promised. There are reactive environments that allow players to break through boards and blow holes through walls to open new pathways.
Champion Hill, a new mode, lets players play 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3 in a battle royale-type experience to be the last squad standing set in a four-map arena.
Vanguard Zombies is Call of Duty’s first-ever Zombies-crossover. Developed by Black Ops Cold War studio Treyarch, it is designed as a WW2-set prequel to that game’s Zombies experience.
Meanwhile, Warzone (Call of Duty’s battle royale mode) is getting a new, WW2-themed map later this year. The new map is developed by Raven Studios - the team in charge of Warzone. Activision promises “a multi-faceted, new anti-cheat system” across Warzone, too... place your bets on how long it’ll take the toxic part of the community to find a workaround.
Vanguard has been built using the engine Infinity Ward used to create 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Meaning it shares the same tech as Warzone, which should allow for seamless weapon and operator integration. Hopefully, this will make for a smoother launch after a number of issues with last year’s Black Ops Cold War.