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CoD: Vanguard Zombies trailer revealed: Storyline, characters, trailer, abilities & Shi No Numa

Call of Duty: Zombies has been a hugely popular mode for the franchise, and here’s everything confirmed for Vanguard’s Zombies.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies has been officially revealed thanks to a debut trailer. It revealed crucial information about its story and characters and gave a peek at abilities and the return of the Shi No Numa map.

Many Call of Duty fans have wondered if Vanguard was going to have Zombies, and now it’s 100% official thanks to the incredible reveal trailer: showing off story and characters, its dark tone, and the legendary Shi No Numa map.

After players were finally able to get a taste of Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s Multiplayer during the Open Beta, players have been even more curious when it comes to the game’s other modes.

As we know from the reveal, Call of Duty: Vanguard will have a Campaign mode, which follows various characters across the global WWII fronts. It had the usual jam-packed multiplayer offering, and now we know it has Zombies.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies: Story & characters

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It seems like the antagonist consumed by the forces of evil is Oberfuhrer Wolfram Von List, and he’s been given an “army of the dead.”

The Zombies reveal trailer didn’t give too much else away other than the Operators we’ve already seen thus far will be appearing and joining in the attempts to thwart Von list.

However, we’ve also seen a sneak peek at the force effectively controlling Von List, an, as yet, unnamed, monstrous figure that players are inevitably going to have to take down.

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In Call of Duty’s blog post announcing Vanguard, they gave fans a short description of what they can expect from the game.

It says that not only is a Campaign and Multiplayer mode confirmed for the game, but a “universe-expanding Zombies crossover” is also mentioned. The blog also confirmed that the mode will intertwine with Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies, which is excellent for those who have enjoyed the Dark Aether story.

This makes a lot of sense, considering players have been finding hints and intel in Black Ops Cold War Zombies that reference the WWII time frame and a demonologist known as Krafft.

Vanguard’s Zombies will act as a precursor to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, with the content being available for the mode as soon as the game is launched on November 5.

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The official reveal trailer for Vanguard Zombies is now live, and the 2:03 video has shown off a variety of story and gameplay elements that players can look forward to experiencing.

Here’s the trailer in its entirety:

CoD: Vanguard Zombies maps: Shi No Numa

The first information we have regarding Vanguard’s Zombies locations is rather interesting. Firstly, the big takeaway from the trailer is that one of the most popular Zombies maps ever is returning – Shi No Numa.

It’s clearly shown in the trailer, and Treyarch has even confirmed that the map will be making its first appearance since Black Ops III.

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It also says that players can take to Stalingrad to fight the undead, but it’s unclear whether or not this is one of the game’s main multiplayer maps being used for Zombies or a whole new area in itself.

It could be from the primary maps as the reveal trailer also gives special attention to one of the maps already seen in the Beta – Hotel Royal.

Additionally, a leak has also potentially pointed towards the name of the first map being Ritual of the Dead.

We will continue to update this hub with all of the latest information on the maps in Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies gameplay & abilities

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By the end of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s run, it will have featured a dazzling array of Perks, Field Upgrades, and unique Wonder Weapons.

Vanguard’s new take on Zombies looks to be doubling down on the mystical and supernatural element more than ever. Magical swords, rifts, ominous totems, and your own powers to conjure all look to be a part of Vanguard’s Zombies gameplay.

Deep dives and extended gameplay videos will surely give us a better look at what to expect as we move closer to the game’s release date.

Who will be developing Vanguard Zombies?

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Sledgehammer Games have officially stated that Vanguard Zombies will indeed be developed by Treyarch, the developers who initially brought the mode to the Call of Duty experience.

“We’re excited to announce a franchise-first crossover as Call of Duty: Vanguard features an all-new Zombies game mode with development led by Treyarch Studios.”

Many will love this, as although Sledgehammer Games provided a great experience in their take on Zombies back in Call of Duty: WWII, there’s no doubt that Treyarch has created the most memorable experiences for Zombies.

Will CoD: Vanguard feature Outbreak?

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It’s unclear whether Vanguard will have Outbreak Zombies, but evidence from the trailer suggests so.

Hotel Royal can be seen in the reveal trailer, and this could be following the same format as Black Ops Cold War by using maps for Outbreak content.

It might not be a full-on Outbreak game mode, though, as TheMW2Ghost has claimed that the mode will be as if “Outbreak, Onslaught, and Roundbased had a baby.” 

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the reason why hackers have already created cheats for the WWII first-person shooter, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Treyarch

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CoD Vanguard Zombies marketing hints at London map

Some new, interesting Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies marketing has hinted at a possible London map coming in the future.

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A London-based Zombies map could be in the pipeline for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies game mode if some new marketing is anything to go by.

Vanguard Zombies could be in for a British invasion if the newest CoD marketing hint is to be taken very literally.

Whereas Call of Duty’s online multiplayer is generally the focus of each CoD title, Zombies is usually not too far behind as the loyal fanbase continues to yearn for more Zombies maps and innovations – such as Outbreak.

Activision understands this, so as well as the already-confirmed Der Anfang map, some new Vanguard physical marketing placements could already be suggesting what the next map’s location is going to be.

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Currently situated in Brick Lane East London is a cool piece of marketing to advertise the upcoming Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Posted by RobMCDuk in the COD Zombies subreddit, some pictures of the interesting promotion are available.

It inevitably didn’t take long for fans to start speculating on the possibility of a new London-based Zombies map.

surfstefan said: “What if we’re finally getting a London map after all these years? That would be very funny.” Whereas another user also added: “Probably a zombified London docks for the new game mode.”

This could be a distinct possibility as it was rumored several months ago that WW2’s London Docks map would be making a return, so there’s every chance it makes a reappearance with an undead rebrand.

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It should also be pointed out, however, that Sledgehammer Games have just opened a new studio in Guildford, not far from London, so it could just be a nod to that.

In any event, this is a fun bit of appreciation for Zombies to be given its own marketing like this, and we shall have to wait and see if any London-based content will happen.


Also, check out the fan-favorite map returning CoD Vanguard Zombies, and for some fun, Halloween content, find out everything we know about the much-anticipated ‘The Haunting‘ special event.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Treyarch

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First Perk in CoD: Vanguard Zombies revealed

A Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies screenshot has confirmed one of the Perks that will be in the game and the design they’re going for.

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The official reveal of CoD: Vanguard’s Zombies mode has shown off many elements that players can expect, including a first look at one of the Perks – Stamin-Up.

The fun part of pre-game hype for CoD Zombies is wondering what new enemies we’ll see, the new Wonder Weapons, abilities, and of course – Perks.

Treyarch’s October 14 reveal of Der Anfang showed off a litany of terrifying new Zombies, a darker approach to the Zombies world, and even managed to sneak in a look at one of the Perks and its dispenser.

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When you think of Call of Duty Zombies Perks, you think of Juggernog, Speed Cola, Quick Revive, and Double Tap Root Beer. They are the original four Perks that introduced the concept to Zombies.

Since then, there have been many Perks that have had reoccurring roles in subsequent games, and one of these is the legendary Stamin-Up Perk.

It’s gone on to become one of the most important and critical Perks for long runs as the ability to sprinter faster and for longer is vital to escaping perilous situations.

Here is a sneaky glimpse of it in one of the official screenshots.

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The striking thing about the Perk is the absence of any discernible vending machines to purchase a can or bottle from.

It seems very much like a magical drink fountain that players will be able to gulp down a few mouthfuls of secret formula to get their sprint on.

As we get closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, more screenshots, and footage will be sure to uncover another Perk or two.


Also, make sure to check out all the hot information on Call of Duty’s RICHOCHET anti-cheat system.

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CoD Zombies players furious over no round-based Vanguard map at launch

Zombies fans have voiced their displeasure about Vanguard’s lack of a round-based Zombies map at the game’s launch.

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Despite Der Anfang shaping up to be one of the most intense and unique Zombies experiences ever, fans are unhappy that Vanguard will feature no round-based map at launch.

The Call of Duty Zombies experience is continuing as Treyarch develops the Dark Aether story in Vanguard. However, the debut map – Der Anfang – isn’t a traditional round-based map, and potential players aren’t happy.

Every CoD game that has had Zombies has always launched with round-based Zombies content, and this will mark the first time that a Call of Duty game hasn’t done this.

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Black Ops Cold War’s starting map – Die Maschine – was the perfect example of classic CoD, start in a confined space, slowly accumulate points from early rounds, buy doors, Perks, eventually Pack-A-Punch, and you’re off.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies portion of the game was revealed on October 14 with a tasty reveal trailer. But once Treyarch began to filter information through about Der Anfang, players became concerned.

“Why do they think we don’t want round based maps?” was the question posed by Reddit user Dreww_115, in response to Der Anfang not being a classic-style map.

They said: “With the vanguard map seemingly being like outbreak 2.0 and not a round based map I am left wondering why the developers think we don’t want a classic round based map.”

The question was counter-pointed by an articulate response pointing out the potential developing schedule of Treyarch: “You have misunderstood everything mate. It’s not a matter of what we want but a matter of what they can deliver with the hell of a schedule they have.”

He continued: “Activision made Treyarch release Cold War one year earlier and also made them make this year’s zombies mode too. They literally didn’t have the time to release a round-based map for launch.

This comment generated nearly 300 upvotes and it’s clear that this response has had some impact on players concerned for the future of Zombies.

It’s highly unlikely that Treyarch will ignore purely round-based Zombies content, and given that Vanguard will probably have a full-year cycle, we’d expect to see several of them.

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