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Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign: Characters & storyline

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign sees players fighting on all four fronts of WWII as part of an elite Special Forces team.

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Arthur Kingsley in CoD: Vanguard

Sledgehammer Games is bringing a new take to the WWII experience with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign mode, which features the rise of Special Forces across all four fronts of the war.

The campaign of Vanguard is centered around the rise of Special Forces, groups of trained fighters, attacking against enemies together. This concept was something that was unheard of during the WWII era. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign is not a sequel to Sledgehammer Games’ 2017 title, but rather a brand new title with a focus on all fronts of World War II.

Dave Swenson, Campaign Creative Director, says that the team spoke directly with historical advisors on the different stories of World War II. The team looked at “tide-turning battles” but also how the outcome of the war was determined by “critical moments.”

Vanguard Overview & Story

Vanguard takes place across all four fronts of the war – Pacific Front, Western Front, Eastern Front, and North Africa. The team wanted to tell stories of the individuals who put their lives on the line during the war; a micro-focus on select stories that come to life in unique ways in the world of Vanguard.

World War II featured huge armies running into battle; there were no navy seals, no high-tech equipment; it was not always fought on the front lines. The war was fought everywhere – even in civilian places and destroyed homes.  

Sledgehammer Games wanted to focus on identifying the first rise of groups of trained individuals fighting together. And this led to the rise of the Special Forces.

In Vanguard, players will get to experience the four fronts of World War II through the eyes of four Special Forces characters. The story revolves around the four being sent to Berlin, Germany to identify Project Phoenix. This is a project that they believed was how the Nazis intended to prolong their rule beyond Hitler. 

The four Special Forces were sent to stop this advancement. During their attempt to stop, the four Forces get captured and taken into the Lion’s Den inside of Gestapo Headquarters. The Nazis interrogating them were scared because they had never seen small squads of allied forces fighting together that were highly trained.  

This sets the foundation for what Vanguard is about. Players will follow the four Special Forces characters through their journey during the War and how they came together to fight for their people. 

Vanguard campaign characters

The four Special Forces characters of Call of Duty: Vanguard are based on real individuals that fought during World War II. 

Arthur Kinglsey is the leader of the Special Forces unit and is a British Paratrooper, part of the 9th Parachute Battalion, based on Sidney Cornell. Kingsley is the leader of the team, portrayed by Chiké Okonkwo and written by Tochi Oneybuchi.

Lt. Polina Petrova is from the Soviet Union, part of the 138th Rifle Division, and based on Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who was a Soviet Sniper in the Army. 

Petrova is described as an “inspiration” and a “hero” to the locals for her bravery in fighting off German forces. She helped local civilians with fending off German fighters during her time and became an integral part of the Special Forces unit.

The third member of the Special Forces Division is Captain Wade Jackson. Jackson is part of Scouting Squadron Six, a US Fighter Pilot based on Vernon “Mike” Micheel

Jackson experiences the growth of becoming a member of a team, after working and flying solo in his time, and becomes an expert pilot for the crew. 

The last of the Special Forces is 2nd Lt. Lucas Riggs. Riggs is part of the 20th Battalion, from Australia, which fights in North Africa. The character is based on Charles Upham, who was a New Zealand soldier that fought in North Africa in real life.

Sledgehammer Games says that the Australian Infantrymen set new standards in their regions for how to fight, and that will show in the North African front of the game’s campaign. 


More details on Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign will be announced as we get closer to launch on November 5.

While we didn’t hear any more information about the game’s story mode, Sledgehammer have confirmed a new map and anti-cheat for Warzone, 20 multiplayer maps, and that Treyarch are developing the game’s Zombies mode.

In the meantime, players will be able to get their hands on the game over the coming weeks and months, and we have everything you need to take part in the upcoming Vanguard Alpha and Open Beta tests.

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Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 4

Here are the best settings you can run in CoD Vanguard for PC, allowing you to get the best visuals and FPS no matter your hardware.

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To get the best Call of Duty: Vanguard experience possible, you’ll need to apply the best settings. Here are the best PC settings for Vanguard in Season 4, no matter your hardware.

Since crossplay has become the standard in Call of Duty, more and more players are switching over to the PC version. It offers improved visuals, higher frame rates, and much more options for you to tweak.

By applying the correct settings, you can find the perfect balance between visuals and frame rate. To get the most from Vanguard on PC, here are the settings you should run, no matter the power of your hardware.

CoD: Vanguard system requirements

MinimumRecommended
OSWindows 10 64 Bit (1909 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600XIntel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM8 GB16 GB
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
HDD45GB HD Space45GB HD Space

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements you’ll need to run Call of Duty Vanguard. For the minimum requirements, you only need a slightly more powerful rig than if you were to play Warzone.

You’ll need a fairly beefy PC to meet the recommended requirements, with you needing a GTX 1070 8GB to get a solid balance of frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

Before diving into Vanguard on PC, we recommend you check that your graphics drivers are up to date to make sure your rig is reaching its optimal performance.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Vanguard Season 4

NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) allows players with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to get much more frames at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of a high resolution.

Turning on DLSS in Vanguard is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in the Quality Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for low-end hardware

If you are somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings for Call of Duty Vanguard, you want to be prioritizing reaching at least a steady 60 FPS.

Vanguard still looks great on low settings, and you’ll have a much smoother and more enjoyable time when hitting a decent frame rate.

Here are the settings we recommend using if you’re on lower-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 1920×1080)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 80%

If you have your VRAM Usage Target too high, you could see stuttering and hitching. If this is happening to you, keep lowering the target until you’re seeing smooth gameplay.

Details & Textures

  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Off
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Low
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Normally, we’d recommend having Anti-Aliasing set to either off or the lowest setting, but Vanguard forces you to use either SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic can make your game look blurry, so we recommend using the regular T2X.

And for Filmic Strength, you should always have this set to 0. It adds unnecessary visual noise to your game, making it look worse for no reason.

Gameplay

  • Field of View: 95-105
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on lower-end hardware, you should have your FOV set somewhere between 95 and 105. You’ll still take advantage of seeing more of the world in front of you but won’t suffer from the performance hit.

And for the other options such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for high-end hardware

There’s no point in forking out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 Series GPUs will be able to easily display high-quality graphics and reach high frame rates.

Here are the settings we recommend you use if you’re on high-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 2560×1440)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 90%

High-end hardware should manage a VRAM Usage Target of 90%, but make sure to lower it if you begin experiencing stuttering or hitching.

Details & Textures

  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: On
  • Tesselation: Nearby Only
  • Level of Detail: High
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Medium
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache Size: Medium
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: High
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the higher option, it will make the game appear blurry, so it should be avoided. And again, Filmic Strength should always be set to 0.

Gameplay

  • Field of View: 105-120
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on higher-end hardware, you can likely crank your FOV all the way up to 120 without suffering from a significant performance hit. But, some players dislike how it distorts and shrinks the screen, so you may want it slightly lower.

And for the other options such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.


And that’s the best PC settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard! You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone Pacific Season 4.

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How to get free Warzone Final Judgement bundle with Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 players can claim the free Final Judgement bundle for Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s everything you need to know.

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Call of Duty players are desperate to get their hands on Modern Warfare 2 in October and in the run-up, players can unlock Vanguard and Warzone’s Final Judgement bundle for free. Here’s everything in the bundle and how to get it.

Modern Warfare 2 arrives on October 28, meaning that with Warzone Pacific Season 4 in full swing, it’s only around four months away. 2022’s CoD brings ‘Warzone 2.0,’ new movement mechanics, and takes Task Force 141 around the world in a new campaign.

Players can already unlock all of the previously released Ghost skins as part of MW2’s Vault Edition, but in the run-up to release, players can also get their hands on a new Store bundle for free.

Here’s how Modern Warfare 2 players can unlock the free Final Judgement bundle in Vanguard and Warzone.

How to get free Final Judgement bundle in Vanguard & Warzone

Vanguard and Warzone players can get their hands on the Final Judgement bundle by pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2’s digital edition. The bundle usually costs 1500 CoD Points (~$15/£13) so it’s a great deal if you plan on purchasing Modern Warfare 2 anyway.

It must be a digital pre-order for it to register, so make sure you’ve pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2 through the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Battle.net, or Steam. If pre-ordering through Steam, you should also ensure your profile is connected to your Call of Duty/Activision ID.

What’s included in Warzone Final Judgement bundle?

Warzone and Vanguard’s Final Judgement bundle comes with a medieval executioner-themed Operator skin for Lucas, an Automaton Blueprint, as well as a Calling Card, Emblem, and Sticker.

Here’s everything included in Warzone and Vanguard’s Final Judgement bundle:

  • Deathknell Lucas Skin
  • Bloodthirsty Automaton Blueprint
  • Death’s Judgement Calling Card
  • Underworldly Emblem
  • Devil’s Head Reticle
  • Night Stalk Sticker
  • I Look Intimidating Lucas Quip
  • Bloody Nose Lucas Quip

This bundle is especially useful if you’re a fan of the Automaton, as it comes equipped with essentially the meta build for Warzone, so you don’t need to worry about ruining its look by changing attachments.


PlayStation players can also get their hands on the free Season 4 Combat Pack, so be sure to check out how.

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When is Vanguard Season 5? Season 4 end date & expected content

Here’s everything you need to know about the Vanguard Season 5 update with its expected release date and content.

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Call of Duty fans are busy enjoying everything Vanguard Season 4 has to offer, but it’s never too early to look forward to the Season 5 update. Here’s when you can expect Season 4 to end as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Vanguard players are still getting to grips with the Season 4 update that brought USS Texas to multiplayer and the round-based Shi No Numa to Zombies. Initial reactions haven’t been positive, which is why players are eager to discover what awaits in Vanguard Season 5.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, is set expected to arrive in late July followed by Season 5. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

Expected Vanguard Season 5 release date

Vanguard Season 4 is set to come to a close on Wednesday, August 24, and Season 5 should arrive immediately after.

Keep in mind that the date has not been officially confirmed by Sledgehammer Games. However, if we assume there won’t be delays, the new season should begin on August 24. We’ll update this article when an official release date has been revealed.

Vanguard Season 5 expected content

As of yet, none of Vanguard’s Season 5 content has been revealed, but we can use previous seasons to give players an idea of what to expect from the update.

Like previous seasons, Vanguard Season 4 brought new weapons like the Marco 5 and UGM-8 to the game. Season 4 also introduced players to a new multiplayer map, Zombies map, and Blueprint Gun Game mode.

Using Vanguard’s previous seasons as a starting point, here’s everything we expect to see in Vanguard Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • New Ranked Play rewards
  • New game modes
  • New multiplayer map
  • Weapon buffs and nerfs
  • New Zombies content
  • More

After the Season 4 update, Treyarch confirmed that more round-based Zombies maps would be coming to Vanguard and we might see another new map in Season 5.

Back in April, a CoD leaker reported that in-game files suggest there won’t be a Season 6 for Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. As of yet, there’s no official word if Season 5 will be the final season of Vanguard content.


Those are the details we know about Vanguard Season 5 so far! We’ll be updating this section regularly so be sure to check in as information about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re interested in the battle royale aspect of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5.

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