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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.

Image Credit: Activision / Microsoft

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Scump reveals the one thing he would change about CoD: Vanguard

2017 CoD World Champion Scump is a big fan of Vanguard, but thinks the game needs one major change before its November 5 release.

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is officially finished, and while pro player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner had a lot of fun, the 2017 World Champion revealed that he thinks ‘time-to-kill’ needs adjusting before its November release.

Call of Duty fans only had a few days to try out the Vanguard Beta, but players have already had their say about the game, and more specifically what they want to be changed, from spawn improvements to the removal of overpowered Field Upgrades.

For OpTic Gaming legend Scump though, the Vanguard Beta was definitely enjoyable, praising the gameplay, maps, and overall feel. Despite loving it though, there’s one thing he thinks should be changed: the Vanguard TTK.

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In a new video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the Call of Duty legend admitted he “loved” to play Vanguard, saying: “Usually with betas, you get sick of it really quick. I played it for about 6 hours every day, that’s impressive for a beta.”

However, when talking about the game’s weapons, the 2017 World Champions revealed that he believes the time-to-kill is a little too low and needs to be adjusted slightly.

“The weapons were a lot of fun to use, the gunplay was great,” he states. “My one big quarrel with the gunplay though is the time-to-kill needs to be a little bit slower. It’s pretty quick on every single gun.”

“I wish the time-to-kill was a little bit slower. Maybe they’ll tweak that, maybe they won’t, but right now you put three bullets into someone and they drop which I don’t really agree with. It feels [kind of like] hardcore.”

Whether Sledgehammer Games will make any changes to the TTK remains to be seen, but the developers did listen to complaints from the community and make adjustments between the first and second beta weekends, so it is possible.

This may be a design choice though, with Scump mentioning that both Warzone and Modern Warfare have fast time-to-kills as well — two games that run on the same engine as Vanguard.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll know whether the devs have made any changes until Vanguard releases on November 5.

Image Credits: MLG / Sledgehammer Games

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CoD hackers explain how cheating in Warzone helped them crack Vanguard

Hackers found a way into Call of Duty: Vanguard before it’s full release. Sources have now claimed that Warzone may have held the secret.

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Many players were shocked to see that hackers had already made their way into the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Now, one hacker has revealed that the secret to breaking Vanguard came from Warzone.

The community has had its first extended look at CoD: Vanguard through the recently-ended Open Beta. This was fans’ chance to get to grips with the new maps, and the WWII aesthetic.

However, the fun was spoiled for some by cheaters that had already found a way to hack the game’s code. It has since been explained that it was past experiences with Warzone that helped them crack it.

Vanguard Hotel Royal map

Shortly after the much-anticipated Beta was opened up on September 16, players quickly began to notice that hacks like aimbots were already turning up in lobbies.

In some cases, cheaters had found a way to completely end matches early, which was frustrating fans because of the limited time they had to play the game over the course of the weekend.

In a report published by Vice, an industry source explained that it was their experience with previous titles like Warzone that paved the way for cheating in Vanguard.

“The core of the [Call of Duty] engine hasn’t changed much during the life of the franchise so porting a cheat from one game to another has always been very easy,” they said. The source also said that the code for Vanguard was very similar to that of Warzone or Modern Warfare.

According to CoD insider Tom Henderson, the Beta launched with the same protection against cheaters that is present in Warzone at the moment, which we already know has been ineffective.

In the same report, hack developer IWANTCHEATS also warned that its Vanguard cheats will work with the new Pacific Map coming as part of the integration into Warzone.

Unfortunately, we won’t know if this is true until more details surface about the updated anti-cheat system due to be added to the battle royale later this year. Fans will hope that their experiences with hackers won’t translate into the next CoD chapter.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out our guides on every Field Upgrade, and the best Assualt Rifles.

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Best Kar98k loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta

The Kar98k is a lightning-quick Sniper Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, so here’s the best loadout with Perks and attachments to fit.

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Call of Duty: Warzone players will be instantly familiar with the Kar98k Sniper Rifle, and it’s now back in its natural habitat in World War II. So we’ve assembled an excellent class for you to gear up and dominate with, so here’s our best Kar98k Vanguard loadout.

With the level of variation and accessibility in CoD: Vanguard’s maps, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to snipe.

If the 3-Line doesn’t take your fancy, or you want to default to a recognizable gun, then the Kar98k should do the trick nicely. It’s a rapid rifle with plenty of firepower, so here’s how you can make it a formidable beast in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta.

Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout

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Best Vanguard Kar98k Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: MK. 2 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
  • Optic: M1913 Variable 4-8x
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Shrouded
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

For the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, we will slap on the MK. 2 Stabilizer as it peps up the weapon’s range. To complement the muzzle, the Krausnick 560MM LWS03K gives us what we’re looking for with a healthy ADs boost while not sacrificing other stats too much.

Our ideal optic is available early on in the M1913 Variable 4-8x as it gives us two valuable options to switch between with ease, and given that we want a lot of speed for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, the Short Stock negates a lot of that ADS time while boosting movement speed.

The Heavy Foregrip is perfect for quickening spring-to-fire time to get your eye down that sight faster when using the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout. The 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag reduces the ammo capacity slightly but boosts ADs and reload quickness. The Subsonic rounds keep you mostly minimap-free when firing.

Attaching the Fabric Grip boosts our vital speed stats more so. Shrouded is an OP proficiency that can reduce sniper glint, and to finish off, Fully Loaded gets us one starting bullet back per mag.

Best Perks to run with Kar98k class

high alert perk in cod vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: High Alert
  • Perk 3: Overkill

Ghost will possibly be the most selected Perk in all of Call of Duty: Vanguard as it can effectively shield you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and Enemy Intel.

We’ve opted for High Alert for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout as sniping is fun and a sneaky practice, but if you’re taking enemy players out, they’ll be hunting you. High Alert will inform you that you’ve been seen and perhaps give you a second or two to retreat before your Killstreak is ended.

Finally, Overkill is a necessity for a Sniper Class such as this one. No matter how good the Kar98k is, you’re going to get into some sketchy situations out on the battlefield, so you’ll need a solid AR or SMG to swap to quickly.

How to unlock the Kar98k

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Like other weapons in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta, most players have not had the chance to line up some headshots with the Kar98k as it’s not unlocked straight away.

With the knowledge that most Warzone players main a Kar as their Sniper Rifle, Sledgehammer Games decided to make the Kar98k a Level 26 unlock for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Best alternatives

If sniping and long-range gameplay isn’t your style, or you need a great gun to make Overkill worth it, then we have some options besides the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout.

The Volk is another fast and furious choice weapon selection for players to choose, or if you want something quite solid overall, the MG42 slays as well.

And that’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can run! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Beta.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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