As promised, today, Activision and Sledgehammer Games revealed Call of Duty: Vanguard, the next game within the long-running franchise. Today’s reveal was pretty broad, with Activision and Sledgehammer revealing the varied game modes for Vanguard while holding off on announcing most of the specifics for now. the 2 companies also confirmed the discharge date for Call of Duty: Vanguard, which has become a standard announcement for these reveal events.
We know that Vanguard’s campaign will feature four different playable characters from different Allied countries. These characters will form Task Force One throughout the campaign and function the origin of Special Forces, with Activision saying that the story will span “four major theaters of war II during a unified single-player narrative.” With Vanguard, it seems Call of Duty goes back to its war II roots.
Then there’s the multiplayer mode, which can feature 20 different maps at launch. 16 of those maps are going to be “built for core gameplay.” Details are still relatively slim on multiplayer, but a blog post on the decision of Duty website notes that it’ll feature “an advanced Gunsmith and Caliber system that brings immersive and reactive environments to a replacement level.” We’re also told to expect a subsequent generation of Champion Hill in Vanguard, but unfortunately, those are all the small print we’re getting about multiplayer for today.
Activision and Sledgehammer also announced today that Vanguard would have a Zombies mode because of help from the parents at Treyarch. Unfortunately, there have been next to no details revealed about Vanguard’s Zombies mode today, but we’re told to “expect an in depth preview of Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies as All Hallows Eve approaches.”
Finally, we received confirmation that Vanguard will integrate with Warzone, which is also getting a replacement anti-cheat system. Vanguard will land in Warzone with a new map that will launch later this year, and that’s when full integration between the 2 games will be complete. Of course, all of the cosmetics earned thus far are going to be carried over to the remake of Warzone, and players are going to be ready to play any of the four integrated games (Modern Warfare, Black Ops conflict, Vanguard, or Warzone) to progress their ranks and battle passes.
Aside from Warzone integration, Vanguard also will include cross-play and cross-progression. Cross-play will include all platforms, including last-gen and current-gen consoles, and that’s always nice to listen to. Vanguard will be launching on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on November 5th, 2021. We’ll have more details about Vanguard for you when Activision reveals them, so stay tuned for more.