Call of Duty: Vanguard appears to be undergoing testing at Activision, as the internal alpha has appeared on Battle.net under the codename ‘Slipstream.’
With Call of Duty now revealing the latest titles later in the year than before, we’re still waiting on any official news regarding CoD 2021. Confirmed to be developed by Sledgehammer Games, we’ve heard that it will be called ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard,’ set in the Second World War, and may release with its own Pacific-themed WWII Warzone map.
Although the game hasn’t been officially revealed, we appear to be getting closer, as the internal alpha has reportedly appeared on Battle.net, codenamed ‘Slipstream’ or ‘Fore.’
Thanks to BlizzTrack, it appears that Call of Duty: Vanguard is now undergoing testing at Activision with the internal alpha reportedly appearing on Battle.net. This is a version of the game specifically for the developers, and cannot be accessed by the public.
In order to prevent leaks, Sledgehammer have avoided the name ‘Vanguard’ and codenamed the alpha build ‘Fore’ with artwork detailing ‘Slipstream.’
Activision usually do this, with Black Ops Cold War’s internal alpha appearing as ‘The Red Door’ on consoles. The Red Door ties into both Cold War’s campaign and now Warzone, but there’s no guarantee that ‘Slipstream’ has anything to do with Vanguard’s plot.
‘Slipstream’ was a 2008 BBC Radio Drama set during the Second World War, where Germany gets hold of a powerful new aircraft that is believed to be extra-terrestrial. Of course, there’s no way of knowing if there’s any relation between this and Call of Duty.
‘Fore’ could also relate to the name ‘Vanguard.’ The vanguard is the leading part of a military formation, and ‘fore’ is how you’d describe something that comes first. Again, it’s all speculation at this point, but it’s promising to know that CoD 2021 may have hit a significant stage in its development.
As any more news surrounding Call of Duty: Vanguard is revealed, we’ll be the first to let you know.
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When does Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end? Vanguard Season 1 start date
Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.
Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is beginning to wind down, with Call of Duty: Vanguard on the horizon. We break down when the final BOCW and Warzone season ends, and the first Vanguard chapter starts.
Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end date
The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is due to end on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
Season 5 ended on October 7, the first Thursday of the month, and it appears that Season 6 will follow the same while sticking roughly to the two-month structure that Raven and Treyarch used previously.
As mentioned earlier, there will be no Reloaded update this time around in order to make way for the long-awaited arrival of Vanguard integration into Warzone.
This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.
Vanguard Season 1 start date
We’re expecting Season 1 of Vanguard, both in the standalone game and Warzone, to kick off in early December.
Cold War Season 6 ends on December 2, 2021, but there could be some transition time between the two like there was between Modern Warfare Season 6 and BOCW Season 1.
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Vanguard will have been out nearly by this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.
We’re still awaiting official confirmation on when Vanguard Season 1 will begin, so be sure to check back here for future updates.
That was everything we know so far about the transition from Black Ops Cold War into Vanguard later this year.
Image credits: Activision
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.
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.
Currently situated in Brick Lane East London is a cool piece of marketing to advertise the upcoming Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Vanguard.
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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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Treyarch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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