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Call of Duty Vanguard: Release date, Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, Warzone map & anti-cheat, more

Here’s everything we currently know about Call of Duty: Vanguard, including the release date, time period, and Warzone integration.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is on the horizon, and here’s everything we know about the upcoming game that will be taking the first-person shooter franchise back to World War II.

The Warzone Battle of Verdansk event took place on August 19 and officially revealed Call of Duty: Vanguard, which will see the fan-favorite franchise make a return to World War II and will be bringing plenty of content for players to enjoy.

Following the official reveal of Vanguard, a wealth of information was made available to the community regarding the game’s Campaign, Zombies, Multiplayer, integration with Warzone, and more.

With this in mind, here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Vanguard release date

The next entry in the Call of Duty franchise will officially be releasing on November 5, 2021.

This Call of Duty: Vanguard release date follows the later releases that Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War started compared to previous entries.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign setting and details

The campaign of Vanguard will be taking players back to the era of World War II, where they will focus on the rise of Special Forces across all four fronts of WWII.

This campaign will not be a sequel to 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII and will see players experience WWII in the eyes of four different special forces characters on the Pacific, Western, Eastern, and North Africa Fronts.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign

Arthur Kingsley, LT. Polina Petrova, Captain Wade Jackson, and 2nd Lt. Lucas Riggs are the main characters of the campaign and are all based on real-life heroes that fought in WWII.

These four characters are sent as a special forces group to Berlin, Germany, to identify Project Phoenix, a project believed to be how the Nazis planned to prolong their rule beyond Hitler.

More information on the Vanguard Campaign can be found in our full article about the story players will experience in the upcoming entry in the franchise.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer

One of the most exciting pieces of information that has been revealed about the game’s Multiplayer is that the game will be launching with 20 maps.

16 of these maps will be for traditional 6v6 Multiplayer gameplay, with the other four being designed for the new Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill game mode which has been described as a mix between battle royale and gunfight.

One of the new Multiplayer features will be Combat Pacing gameplay options. Players will be able to pick between the three Combat Pacing options in the Multiplayer features, with each one offering their own unique experiences.

The three Call of Duty: Vanguard Combat Pacing are Tactical, Standard, and Blitz. Standard is the traditional gameplay experience of past Call of Duty Multiplayers, while the Tactical Combat Pacing option is more like Hardcore.

Blitz has been described as a much more casual experience with plenty of action with as many players as possible being crammed into a map for pure “chaos and fun.”

The popular Gunsmith feature of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War will return in Call of Duty: Vanguard. However, it will be coming with two new features that consist of custom ballistics and ammo types. This evolved Gunsmith will allow players to have a total of 10 attachments on their weapons.

Another exciting element of Vanguard Multiplayer will be that it will feature destructible environments that will open up new gameplay opportunities for players to experience.

One of the biggest changes that will be made in Vanguard from last year’s Black Ops Cold War is that there will be no Wildcards available for players to use in the Create A Class system.

A wealth of information has also arrived regarding weapons, killstreaks, perks, Field Upgrades, and more that are available in the game’s Open Beta. More detail for these items can be found in our comprehensive hub for them.

There is no doubt that two of the biggest topics regarding Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer is how players will have to use a perk to see enemies on their minimap when they fire and that Dead Silence will be a Field Upgrade instead of a perk.

Players will want to make sure that their PCs are fitted with the necessary specifications if they want Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer to run as smoothly as possible, which is why you will be wise to check out the minimum and recommended PC requirements for the new Call of Duty game at this time.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies

Zombies will be making a return in Vanguard and will be developed by Treyarch Studios.

This will be the first time two separate Call of Duty games have had a co-op game mode made by the same developer, as modes like Zombies were developed by the leading studio at that time, such as Sledgehammer Games their Zombies game modes in Advanced Warfare and WWII.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies

The storyline for the Vanguard Zombies game mode will be a prequel to the Dark Aether story playing out in Black Ops Cold War.

This news also means that Sledgehammer Games has been focusing entirely on the Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign and Multiplayer.

New Warzone map and anti-cheat arriving with Call of Duty: Vanguard

In the same fashion as Black Ops Cold War, Vanguard will be integrated into Warzone in a major way, as a brand new map will be coming to the battle royale game based on Vanguard.

In addition to a brand new map, Warzone will also be getting a dedicated anti-cheat with the arrival of Call of Duty: Vanguard, while players will be able to use weapons from the new game in Warzone to battle against their enemies.

Check out our full article on the new Warzone map and anti-cheat for more information and the exciting additions coming in the future.

Which studio is developing CoD: Vanguard ?

Sledgehammer Games

In Activision’s Q4 earnings call, they confirmed that a new Call of Duty game would be releasing in 2021, with Sledgehammer Games in charge of development.

Sledgehammer released Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 but faced difficulties after their co-founders and many team members left.

However, Sledgehammer hired over 150 new people to the studio in 2020 and recently opened a new studio in Toronto.

Activision said that “Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games, and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release.”

What engine will Call of Duty: Vanguard run on?

Call of Duty: Vanguard engine

The past two years have seen Call of Duty utilize two different game engines for Modern Warfare/Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

However, it has been confirmed that Vanguard will be running on the Modern Warfare engine that became a favorite of players and will allow for “seamless” integration into Warzone.

You can check out more information regarding Vanguard running on the Modern Warfare and Warzone engine in our full article on the topic.

Call of Duty: Vanguard editions

Standard Edition

  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC version).
  • Console only: Plays on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility.
  • Digital Exclusive: Frontline Weapons Pack

Cross-Gen Bundle

  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, or Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions).
  • Five hours of Double Weapons Experience Points (2x WXP) for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone, available when the game launches.
  • Digital Exclusive: Frontline Weapons Pack

Ultimate Edition

  • Console: Cross-Gen Bundle of Call of Duty: Vanguard (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, or Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions).
  •  PC: The PC version of Call of Duty: Vanguard (via Battle.net).
  •  Task Force One Pack with three Operator Skins and three Weapon Blueprints with Tracer Rounds
  •  Battle Pass Bundle (one Season Battle Pass with 20 Tier Skips***).
  • Ten hours of Double Experience Points (2XP), comprising of five hours of Double XP, and five hours of Double Weapons XP (2x WXP) for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone, available as Double XP Tokens when the game launches.
  • Digital Exclusive: Frontline Weapons Pack

Call of Duty: Vanguard platforms

Xbox Series X and S

Activision stated that Vanguard was being built for next-gen consoles and PC, but it will also release on previous-gen consoles.

In their August 2021 earnings call, Activision confirmed that Vanguard will be available to “both current and next-gen console players.” So, Vanguard will release on the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC via Battle.net.

We will continue to update this hub with all of the latest information for Call of Duty: Vanguard when it becomes available.

For more on the next entry in the high-profile franchise, stay tuned to our dedicated Call of Duty: Vanguard page.

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CoD: Vanguard leak reveals insane number of camos for each weapon

a Call of Duty: Vanguard leak has revealed the type of challenges and amount of camos available for each weapon, and it’s pretty impressive.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard will introduce various changes to the franchise’s beloved Multiplayer, one of which seems to be a crazy amount of weapon camos.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has enjoyed its final weekend of the Multiplayer Beta, which officially ends September 21. Not only have players be able to get to grips with the new gameplay, but players have also been able to provide the developers with feedback.

Having said that, players weren’t able to explore the weapon camos on the Beta, but recent leaks have revealed some pretty exciting details.

Vanguard character with a gun

Although the game is set to release on November 5, players already have a decent idea of what to expect on launch, thanks to the Multiplayer Beta and the recent leaks surrounding the game’s Zombies mode.

Now, thanks to renowned Call of Duty leaker ZestyCODLeaks, some pretty interesting details surrounding camos in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Vanguard camos leak

The leak claims that Vanguard will have “an ASTOUNDING 245 camos PER GUN.” This is an unprecedented number when it comes to Call of Duty Camos, and it’s by far the most seen in the Multiplayer experience, if it’s true.

Using the STG-44 and MG42‘s code in the Vanguard files, Zesty has worked out that each gun will have around 245 camos.

The leak also suggests that there will be Mastery, CDL, and perhaps even Zombies camos for every weapon in Vanguard.

Lastly, Zesty also revealed the type of challenges players can expect to be doing when trying to unlock this insane amount of camos.

Like previous Call of Duty games, players will be doing challenges like crouch kills, assists, and kills with no attachments. However, some new challenges in the mix will take advantage of the Point Blank mechanic, which allows players to shoot out of cover.

That’s all for this CoD: Vanguard camos leak. For more, check out all of the Vanguard Ammo Types players can use to dominate their enemies.

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Best Assault Rifle loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard has a great selection of top Assault Rifles, so here are the best loadouts to improve your chances of success.

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A mean and accurate Assault Rifle is always a good source of fun in Call of Duty. Sledgehammer Games has made sure that players have several incredible guns to choose from, so here are the best loadouts for every Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

It’s another year, which means another Call of Duty game jam-packed full of guns competing with each other to come out on top.

Black Ops Cold War has beasts such as the Krig 6 and EM2 vying for supremacy, but turning back the clock to World War II changes the dynamic of the weapons. The Vanguard Beta has allowed players a chance to try out its ARs and see which they like best.

We have gone through each of Vanguard’s Assult Rifles and decided to rank them from worst to best.

Best AR in Vanguard Ranked List

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Here is our complete list of every AR in Call of Duty: Vanguard, taking into account all of their vital statistics, and how they feel.

Here is every Vanguard Assault Rifle ranked:

  1. STG44
  2. Volk
  3. BAR
  4. Itra Burst
  5. NZ-41

Best Vanguard AR loadouts

For a more detailed look into every Call of Duty: Vanguard Assault Rifle, we’ve gone through each gun and explained the logic behind their positions.

These ARs all have a use, and depending on your preferences, you could find that one works better than another.

5. NZ-41

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Of all the Assault Rifles on this ranked list, the NZ-41 seems to be the one that gets lost in the shuffle.

  • Muzzle: Quicksilver SIlencer
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: LOR Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Arisaka 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

In many Call of Duty games, you’ll get weapons that don’t necessarily perform badly, it’s just that there are few redeeming qualities about them that make them desirable. The NZ-41 carries that vibe, despite its decent accuracy and firepower, and it’s not helped by some erratic recoil that doesn’t hold up to later weapons on this ranked Assault Rifle list.

4. Itra Burst

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Defying normal conventions with burst weapons, the Itra Burst fires 4-round spurts of deadly potential.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 300MM CXII
  • Optic: MK 3 Sunfilter
  • Stock: Botti DII Grip
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 32 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: On-Hand

As is usually the case with burst weapons, the Itra Burst is a very risk and reward weapon with accurate players able to benefit greatly from it. Its main fault sticks out like a sore thumb, and it’s that you’ll only get five bursts to take down an opponent or two.

Thankfully, attachments can improve this drastically, making the Itra Burst a must-try weapon to see if it’s for you.

3. BAR

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s selection of Assault Rifles begins to vary with the top 3, and the BAR is the epitome of this.

  • Muzzle: A2 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Chariot 18″ Rapid
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Chariot WR
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Hardscope
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Of all the ARs, the BAR seems to have the most noticeable impact at mid-to-long-range fights, which is supposed to be offset by its 20 round mag. As we know, the BAR can hold 30 rounds quite easily, and this helps to keep the BAR firing its strong rounds for longer.

Don’t expect to win every close-range skirmish though, but have confidence that the BAR can the job done.

2. Volk

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The initial reaction to the Volk has been more of a muted one because players need to hit the max Level Cap of 30 to be able to use it.

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: MK6 Para
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 45 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Defender

The reality is that the Volk is really good, and its undisputed feature is its fire rate. It has the essence of an SMG within it but is still very much a powerful Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

The recoil may deter players, but as usual, if the Volk has the right attachments on it, it immediately becomes a force to be reckoned with.

1. STG44

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In the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta, the STG44 has risen above the rest and impressed as the best Assault Rifle in the game.

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Its recoil pattern is extremely easy to learn and only gets better once you start slapping some goodies on it. It can perform in any length of engagement and has enough firepower to not require you to be the world’s leading marksmen to kill with it.


There’s always a chance that Sledgehammer Games will alter the stats of these guns before the game’s release, so it’s worth having one or two guns in mind when deciding on what your main loadouts will be.

Make sure you’re not missing out on any of the latest Call of Duty: Vanguard news or guides here at Charlie INTEL!

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Best Call of Duty: Vanguard keybinds and settings for mouse & keyboard

Here are the best keybinds for playing Call of Duty: Vanguard on a mouse and keyboard, and also how to play KBM on consoles.

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Many Call of Duty players prefer the precision that keyboard and mouse offers, so here are the best keybinds for Vanguard, and how to use them on Xbox and PlayStation.

With crossplay now featuring in every premium Call of Duty game, the debate between keyboard and mouse (KBM) and controller rages on. Some players believe that the precision a mouse offers gives KBM players a huge advantage, while others feel “broken” controller aim assist needs to be turned down.

Still, keyboard and mouse is a great way to play Call of Duty: Vanguard, offering the precision of aiming with your whole arm and a full keyboard of buttons at your disposal. Plus, you can use KBM on your Xbox and PlayStation too.

Here are the best keybinds for Call of Duty: Vanguard, and how to play on Xbox and PlayStation with a keyboard and mouse.

Best Call of Duty: Vanguard mouse settings

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How to find the best mouse sensitivity

The first thing you need to do is make sure that Aiming Input Device is set as ‘Mouse.‘ You can’t change this setting in-game, so if it has defaulted to ‘Controller’ then you won’t be able to move and must back out to change it.

But for sensitivity, it really is up to you and your preferred DPI (basically your mouse’s sensitivity). When the full game launches, you’ll be able to create a Private Match and find the perfect settings for you.

A good rule of thumb, however, is that dragging your mouse from one end of the pad to the other will result in a full 360-degree turn. This isn’t perfect for everyone but is a solid starting point in finding the best sensitivity.

Once you have your sensitivity locked in, there are a few more settings that you should tweak to play at your best.

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Advanced Mouse Settings

  1. ADS Mouse Sensitivity Mode: Legacy (Alternate)
  2. Mouse Wheel Input Delay: 80
  3. Mouse Acceleration: 0
  4. Mouse Filtering: 0
  5. Mouse Smoothing: Off

For the mode, experienced players may find the most comfort in Legacy (Alternate), as this is the same legacy setting found in Warzone. Or, you can try out the Relative setting that comes as default.

And you want Acceleration, Filtering, and Smoothing all turned completely off. These all sacrifice precision, so simply aren’t worth it.

Best Call of Duty: Vanguard keybinds

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Here are our recommended keybinds for playing Vanguard. Of course, these settings are all dependent on preference, but these are a solid start while you get used to playing on mouse and keyboard.

Movement

  • Crouch Behavior: Toggle
  • Slide Behavior: Tap
  • Prone Behavior: Toggle
  • Airborne Mantle: Manual
    • Grounded Mantle: Off
  • Automatic Ground Mantle: Off
  • Automatic Sprint: Off
  • Sprint/Tactical Sprint Behavior: Toggle
    • Sprint Cancels Reload:
  • Door Bash Interaction: Automatic
  • Walk Behavior: Hold
    • Walk Speed: 25% of Normal Speed

Weapons & Equipment

  • Aim Down Sight Behaviour: Hold
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: Off
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
    • Quick Satchel Charge Detonation: On
  • Change Zoom Shared Input: Steady Aim
  • Weapon Switch Wrap-Around: On
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
  • Interact Behavior: Tap
  • Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold

Overlays & Shortcuts

  • Scoreboard Behaviour: Hold
  • System Key Behavior: Operating System

It’s useful to be able to quickly minimize the game by pressing the Windows key. However, if you’re prone to accidentally pressing it, you can switch System Key Behavior to Game, which disables the Windows key.

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Movement

  • Move Forward: W
  • Move Backward: S
  • Move Left: A
  • Move Right: D
  • Jump/Stand/Mantle: Space Bar
  • Crouch/Slide: CTRL
  • Prone: Z
  • Sprint/Steady Aim: Shift

Weapons & Equipment

  • Fire Weapon: Left Mouse Button
  • Aim Down Sight: Right Mouse Button
  • Previous Weapon: 1 / Mouse Wheel Down
    • Next Weapon: 2 / Mouse Wheel Up
  • Lethal Equipment: Mouse Button 5
  • Tactical Equipment: Mouse Button 4
  • Field Upgrade: X
  • Melee/Finishing Move: V
  • Reload: R
  • Use: E
  • Weapon Mount: Aim & Melee
  • Alternate Fire: B

Mode Specific

  • Killstreak Slot 1: 3
  • Killstreak Slot 2: 4
  • Killstreak Slot 3: 5
  • Killstreak Slot 4 (Extra): 6
  • Killstreak Wheel: K

Ground Vehicles

  • Gas: W
  • Reverse: S
  • Turn Lef: A
  • Turn Right: D
  • Detonate: Left Mouse Button

How to play Vanguard with a keyboard and mouse on PlayStation & Xbox

Xbox Series X and S consoles

Even if you’re on consoles, you can still take advantage of the precision that a mouse and keyboard offer. Luckily, it’s extremely easy to set up as the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 all offer KBM support.

Once they’re plugged in, load up Vanguard and use the settings above to have the best keybinds possible.

PlayStation

To connect a mouse and keyboard to your PlayStation, all you have to do is plug them into the USB ports on the back of the console. Wait a few seconds and your PS4 or PS5 should pick up the new input. Then, you can navigate to Devices and fine-tune the controls.

To explain this process step-by-step:

  1. Turn on your PlayStation 4 or 5
  2. Plug in your peripherals to the USB ports on the back of the console
  3. Wait for the PlayStation to recognize the keyboard and mouse
  4. Navigate to ‘Devices’
  5. From here, fine-tune the KBM controls until you’re comfortable

Xbox

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Connecting a keyboard and mouse to an Xbox console is much the same as connecting to a PlayStation. Simply plug the peripherals into the USB ports on your Xbox and the console will quickly recognize the new inputs.

Bear in mind though, you’ll need to use your controller to navigate the Xbox user interface and settings menus.

Another step-by-step guide:

  1. Turn on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S
  2. Plug in your peripherals to the USB ports on the console
  3. Wait for the Xbox to recognize the keyboard and mouse
  4. Select ‘Profiles & system’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Devices & connections’
  5. From here, you can set up your mouse and keyboard

And that’s everything you need to know about playing Call of Duty: Vanguard on a mouse and keyboard, even if you play on consoles.

For more Vanguard, you can check out the best controller and audio settings!

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