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.
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.
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 ?
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?
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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Activision apologize for using artist’s design in now canceled Vanguard & Warzone skin
Activision have scrapped an unreleased Warzone and Vanguard skin after using an artist’s work without permission.
Activision admitted to the major misstep of using an artist’s work without permission. The original art was to feature in an upcoming Vanguard and Warzone skin that has since been axed.
Major content drops like new seasons or midseason updates deliver weapons, maps, and changes to Call of Duty games, but they also tend to bring brand-new skins to enjoy. Vanguard and Warzone have seen some noteworthy skins that certainly got players talking.
After all, who could forget the Armored Titan, or Godzilla and King Kong skins? At the start of Season 4 Reloaded, players also received a new Terminator crossover. However, teasers for Season 4 Reloaded also hinted at a mysterious wolf-like skin.
After the wolf skin was teased in an official Call of Duty blog post, it was later inexplicably removed and replaced from the very same post. It turns out, Activision used content that did not belong to them in order to create the aforementioned skin.
When the wolf skin was first teased, it certainly generated a ton of buzz, or rather raised a ton of eyebrows. The anthropomorphic Operator definitely sticks out in a WWII-era Call of Duty game. Nonetheless, fans were excited at the prospect of running around as a wolf in Warzone.
Unfortunately, that idea won’t come to fruition as Activision have confirmed that they completely removed the skin from their planned content drop for Season 4 Reloaded.
It seems Activision overstepping bounds is the reason behind the skin’s cancelation.
An artist claimed that the wolf skin, also known as Samoyed skin, was stolen without their permission. In a strange turn of events, Activision has issued an apology, seemingly confirming the artist’s claims.
In a statement, Activision admitted that they “regrettably erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game,” apologizing for the misstep.
While fans may be disappointed to lose their chance at slaying in a furry wolf skin, most would agree that if the artist’s claims are legitimate, the greater injustice was corrected as nobody should have their work stolen without credit.
For more, check out how CoD players are thrilled with the rumored change to Modern Warfare 2’s movement.
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When is the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event?
We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and the Battle Pass.
We’re past the Season 4 halfway point of Call of Duty action, and there’s still plenty of time to level up, prestige, and unlock weapons before Modern Warfare 2. Here are the full dates for the next Warzone and Vanguard Double XP weekends.
XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.
Vanguard & Warzone Double XP dates
Call of Duty players can get Double XP by taking advantage of the Double XP promotional events that Activision put on.
Thanks to the Raven Software Trello board, we know when the next Warzone & Vanguard Double XP events are:
- Double XP event – All platforms: Thursday, August 4 – Thursday, August 11
- Double Weapon XP and Double Battle Pass XP
These special Double XP events are coming as part of Vanguard & Warzone’s Season 4 Reloaded. With major weapon buffs and nerfs, changes to the Fortune’s Keep map, and the new Vargo-S AR there is plenty of new content for players to sink their teeth into.
What time does CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP start?
Here’s a full list of the usual Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:
- PT – 10:00 AM
- CT – 12:00 PM
- ET – 1:00 PM
- BST – 6:00 PM
These special Double XP events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.
For more Call of Duty, find out everything you need to know about the next release in the legendary franchise, Modern Warfare 2.
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Warzone & Vanguard players claim Terminator bundle was a huge “missed opportunity”
Call of Duty fans are disappointed with Warzone and Vanguard’s Terminator skin as they feel a huge opportunity for the bundle was missed.
Two Terminator bundles made their way to Warzone and Vanguard at the start of Season 4 Reloaded, but players feel as though a huge opportunity to bridge the two franchises was missed.
The Call of Duty franchise is no stranger to pop culture collaborations that bring unique bundles and skins to their games. These exciting new skins never fail to generate hype amongst players, but sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons.
We’ve seen players react poorly to the Attack on Titan Levi skin, while the Godzilla and King Kong skins were met with positive reviews. The Terminator skins were the latest to hit Vanguard and Warzone, but players are now claiming that the Call of Duty team missed a major opportunity to celebrate the Terminator franchise.
The Terminator T-800 Mastercraft Ultra Operator Bundle comes with several items including an Operator modeled after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character in the films.
It also comes with three weapon blueprints, but fans of the Terminator films believe that this is where the crossover fails to deliver. One Reddit user calls the bundle “the biggest missed opportunity” as they point out: “they could have given the FINN LMG a minigun mastercraft skin.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator famously operates a minigun and with the FiNN LMG in the game, players believed that a perfect opportunity to raise the authenticity of the collaboration was overlooked.
Ultimately, it seems like multiple players voiced their grievances with the bundles not pulling enough content from the movies. In addition to the minigun, Vanguard players were also disappointed to not see a version of the Winchester Model 1887 shotgun used in the films, especially when it’s used in his Highlight Intro.
As the OP puts it, there’s no excuse to overlook such a blatant addition as the “gun is even period correct.”
It remains to be seen if more unique collaborations are on the way in Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 after an Umbrella Academy crossover was leaked. It’s safe to assume that when popular franchises come together, expectations are high.
For more Call of Duty news, check out the latest on Warzone’s current meta, after major buffs to Modern Warfare weapons.
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