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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.

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

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

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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Vanguard January 27 update patch notes: Cold Blooded buff, Fortified adjustments & spawn fixes

Here are the full patch notes for Vanguard’s January 27 update, which buffed the Cold Blooded Perk and adjusted spawn logic.

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Vanguard’s developers Sledgehammer Games released a patch on January 27 that rolled out a fix for spawns on Paradise, adjusted the Fortified Perk, and buffed Cold Blooded.

It’s no surprise that Vanguard players have been frustrated with the current state of the game and Sledgehammer Games have been hard at work to alleviate issues with the game.

We received a Vanguard update on January 20, and it looks like players are getting another small update on January 27 to alleviate minor issues before Vanguard Season 2.

The January 27 update addressed spawn issues on the Paradise map, tweaked the Cold Blooded and Fortified Perks, as well as eliminated performance issues across Multiplayer and Zombies.

Here’s everything you need to know about Vanguard’s January 27 update.

Vanguard update January 27 Perk tuning

The significant buff to Cold Blooded will now protect players from enemy dogs. Adding dogs to the list of killstreaks that will not target you acts as a big boost to the Perk. Dogs are often the most annoying killstreak to deal with in Vanguard Multiplayer.

Unfortunately, the “Aim assist toggles on and off when the player is engaging an enemy player with the Cold Blooded perk on” card has not been removed from Sledgehammer’s Vanguard Trello board which leads us to believe this issue has not been fixed yet.

The changes made to Fortified are meant to revert the recent changes made to the Perk that practically turned players invincible. Now certain killstreaks will be able to damage players with Fortified equipped.

Vanguard January 27 update patch notes

Multiplayer

Spawns

  • Paradise
    • Spawns on Paradise have been adjusted to address community feedback after players reported spawning next to enemies
    • Fixed a spawn resulting in the player falling through the map
    • Added invisible collision to prevent spawn trapping from one spawn point to the other

Perks

  • Fortified
    • Fortified now adds protection from the following:
      • Mortar Barrage
      • Warmachine
      • Flamenaut Explosions
      • Ammo Box Explosions
      • Gammon Bombs
      • Satchel Charges
    • Fortified no longer protects against the following:
      • Goliath
      • Glide Bomb
      • Bombing Run
      • Fire Bombing Run
      • Direct hits from launchers

Cold Blooded

  • Cold Blooded now protects against dogs

Weapons & Attachments

  • “Summoning” reticle from Graveyard Shift Bundle is now visible in Gunsmith
  • Fixed a bug resulting in Subsonic unintentionally disabling Ghost
  • Fixed a bug where weapon icons were showing up on interactable objects such as doors

UI/VFX

  • Fixed a bug that resulted in the player appearing to be on fire, even when no damage was being dealt

Private Match

  • Addressed an issue in Control where the match would end prematurely when a Codcaster disconnected
     

Zombies

  • Addressed an issue where Ring of Fire Tier II dealt inconsistent damage
  • An upgraded Ring of Fire’s damage no longer causes damage to zombies above or below the placed ring
  • Ring of Fire’s damage now scales correctly per level
  • Addressed an issue where kills with Artifacts would charge the Artifact for an additional use

Vanguard players can expect the next major Vanguard update to arrive with Season 2, which has now been delayed to February 14. Sledgehammer will continue to tweak spawn logic, fix the map rotation, and iron out the remaining bugs and glitches in Vanguard.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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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 Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

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 and Warzone Pacific carried on from where Cold War and Warzone left off by giving players limited-time windows of opportunity to increase the XP they can earn.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific

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 that there will be a few Double XP events upcoming:

  • PlayStation Exclusive Double XP from Feb 17 – 18
  • Double XP, 2x Weapon XP, and 2x Battle Pass XP from Feb 18 – 21

These regular occurrences will help players to level up their ranks, weapons, and Battle Passes much faster than normal.

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:

  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • GMT – 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.

With Season 2 of Warzone Pacific and Vanguard coming on February 14, this upcoming Double XP event will give players a great opportunity to rank up the new Battle Pass.


Also, check out some of the newest Call of Duty news and guides such as the best Warzone Pacific weapons and the current Warzone server status.

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Vanguard players slam utterly “boring” Operators

Call of Duty: Vanguard players are slamming the game’s current lineup of Operators and labeling them as “boring.”

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CoD: Vanguard players are expressing their frustration with the current lineup of Operators; labeling them as “boring” and calling for more exciting characters in the game.

There are 12 different Operators that you can play as in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Picking any of them doesn’t affect your gameplay, since they’re essentially cosmetic skins that you wear in the multiplayer.

While they all have their own unique backstories and designs, some players aren’t satisfied with these Operators. Some members of the Vanguard community feel that these characters just aren’t fun and exciting.

Reddit user ‘Mibs007’ expressed their frustration with the game’s Operators in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit, labeling them as “boring.” The player also compared them to characters from older CoD titles.

They explained that older Operators were much more enticing: “It was hard to choose which one to use. You could barely resist giving in and buying one. Now they look like people you see eating a truck stop.”

Many of the commenters shared this sentiment and criticized Vanguard’s Operators. “Hate them all. Haven’t spent a penny on anything in the store since vanguard launched,” wrote one user.

Much of the criticism was directed towards the characters’ backstories. “I agree that they could be cooler characters though and their ‘lore’ feels like it was written by an intern in 5 minutes,” another commenter stated.

One user claimed that Vanguard’s Operators could be improved by having two factions: “All the operators are the good guys basically. If that had an Axis faction I think we would at least get some variety in character design.”

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not the developers will implement a change like this in the game. We will probably see new Operators arrive in Vanguard Season 2, and those might be more to players’ liking.


For more Vanguard, check out 5 things that Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite as well as Vanguard players demanding major changes to the game’s “unplayable” spawn system.

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