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CoD: Vanguard Zombies map name and details leaked

Details surrounding Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies have leaked, providing information about what players can expect from the mode.

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As we edge closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, the community has revealed leaks surrounding the game’s Zombies mode, giving players an idea of what to expect at launch.

These Vanguard Zombies leaks come just after the first Multiplayer Beta weekend and before the second weekend which will begin September 17.

Although much of the Call of Duty community’s focus is usually on the Multiplayer, the dedicated Zombies’ fans will be happy to hear there are finally some leaked details surrounding Vanguard’s Zombies mode.

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Call of Duty Vanguard developers Sledgehammer Games isn’t new to creating a Zombies experience, as they produced their version of Nazi Zombies back in Call of Duty: WWII.

Having said that, it is confirmed that Treyarch will be helping with the development of Vanguard’s Zombies mode, so it could potentially feel very familiar to the classic Zombies everybody is used to, apart from the use of Modern Warfare’s engine.

The latest leaks hint at the possible name of the round-based map we could be seeing in Call of Duty: Vanguard, as Twitter user Okami13_ revealed that it is rumored to be called “Ritual of the Dead.”

Unfortunately, another renowned Call of Duty leaker has shared a rumor that the first round-based map won’t actually be available for players on launch, however, there may still be Zombies content for players to enjoy at launch.

Twitter user TheMW2Ghost put up a post stating that “the first proper Round Based map will come with #Vanguard Season 1, not at launch, but — there will be zombie content day 1.”

This content is described by TheMW2Ghost as if “Outbreak, Onslaught, and Roundbased had a baby.” There’s no telling exactly how this content will play, we’ll have to wait for more information as we edge closer to release.

Although this may be disappointing to some, it’s still great to hear that there will be content for Zombies fans on day 1, especially as it sounds like something that will be new to players.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out our article on the best quickscoping loadout for the Vanguard Beta.

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Vanguard players furious with lack of content in Season 3 Reloaded

While Warzone received a ton of Season 3 Reloaded updates, Vanguard players feel they’ve been completely ignored by the mid-season update.

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While Warzone has received a ton of game-changing content with the Season 3 Reloaded update, Vanguard has barely received anything and furious players feel like they’ve been ignored.

While Call of Duty games receive major content drops with the seasonal updates, there’s almost always a ‘Reloaded’ mid-season update that brings even more content, bug fixes, and balance tweaks.

Warzone players are delighted with Season 3 Reloaded’s huge content drop, bringing an Underground Transit System, new game modes, and more, but not long after feeling ignored by the Operation Monarch event, Vanguard players have been left disappointed with the lack of content.

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Raven Software and Sledgehammer dropped the Season 3 Reloaded roadmap on May 23, revealing a ton of new content for Warzone. Players felt the Vanguard section was particularly sparse, with the Sphere map being the only piece of Vanguard-exclusive content.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded will also bring the new H4 Blixen SMG, a new Operator, and new bundles  — but these are all shared with Warzone. To compare, Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded brought the 80s Action Hero event, Standoff to multiplayer, Duga to multi-team modes, Zombies updates, and more.

Twitter user ‘xFleXy_’ shared the content discrepancy between Vanguard and Warzone, and said they’ve “never seen a COD so poorly supported.” This was shared on the Vanguard subreddit where players vented their frustration.

“How tf is this ok?” asked one user. “They don’t even try to hide the fact they do not care about the traditional multiplayer community. Warzone is their bread and butter, and we should absolutely be livid about this.”

“Why couldn’t they add a map/gamemode from COD WW2 or something?? I feel like that would be pretty cool,” suggested u/NebNegreb.

A handful of players commented that it’s only a mid-season update, but Cute_Cookie563 said: “factor in that the actual season 3 update last month was tiny (one map, 2 guns?) and in total barely nothing new has happened this season.”

Many of these players believe that Sledgehammer Games have given up on Vanguard and are hoping that Modern Warfare 2 will be chock-full of traditional multiplayer updates.

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded? New SMG & Sphere map

The next major update for Vanguard is Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s everything we know including the new SMG, map, and release date.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next major update will be Season 3 Reloaded, bringing a brand-new SMG to both multiplayer and Warzone, as well as the new Sphere map. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard’s mid-season update, including its release date.

Vanguard Season 3 is approaching its halfway point, with the majority of players having had time to unlock the new Nikita AVT Assault Rifle and M1916 Marksman Rifle, and earn a few of the new Ranked Play rewards.

Season 4 is next-up, but before that update, Season 3 Reloaded arrives. This update is set to bring a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including its official release date.

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

The devs announced that the Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded update will arrive on May 24 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM PT / 6 PM BST, with access to the new content to appear in-game on May 25 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Considering May 25 is halfway between the Battle Pass‘ start and end dates, the official release date makes sense.

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H4 Blixen SMG arrives in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

The H4 Blixen SMG will be the final of four Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 weapons to arrive following the midseason update. If you’re interested in testing the weapon, check out our guide on how to unlock H4 Blixen SMG in Vanguard.

The devs revealed that the weapon is a slow-firing SMG that performs incredibly well at medium-range. While fast SMGs tend to be preferred in Vanguard, the H4 Blixen could turn out to be a top Warzone weapon.

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Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings Sphere map

Vanguard’s Season 3 update brought the chaotic Mayhem map, styled after a Godzilla-themed movie set, and the Season 3 Reloaded update is set to bring the Sphere map.

Sphere will take the action to an underground weapons lab hidden beneath a coal mine. It seems players will have to juggle between two floors of the map. On the top floor, players can find the remnants of a coal-mining village. Meanwhile, the secrets of the weapons lab are hidden underground on the bottom floor.

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New Vanguard Operator Kim Tae Young

The third and final member of Task Force Harpy will be coming to Vanguard alongside the midseason update.

The new H4 Blixen SMG is her preferred weapon, which means you’ll want to enter the battle as Kim Tae Young if you want level up the weapon as fast as possible.


And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! Keep an eye out for the update on May 24 and the in-game content on May 25, you can also check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update.

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How to unlock H4 Blixen SMG in Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded brings the new H4 Blixen SMG, so here’s how you’ll be able to unlock it when it arrives.

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The H4 Blixen SMG is one of the brand-new weapons arriving during Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s when it’s set to arrive and how you’ll be able to unlock it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded is almost here, bringing a new map, Operator, and of course, a new weapon. The M1916 Marksman Rifle and the Nikita AVT Assault Rifle arrived as part of the Battle Pass, but a new SMG is set to arrive with the midseason update.

‘Classified Arms’ is Season 3’s theme, and the devs really kept info concerning the H4 Blixen SMG classified. However, we do know when it will arrive, so here’s how you’ll be able to unlock it in both Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded.

How to unlock H4 Blixen in Warzone & Vanguard

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You will be able to unlock the H4 Blixen by getting three slide kills in a single match 15 times. This SMG-based challenge is great for players who love to get around the map with the slide movement mechanic.

Later in Season 3, players could also purchase a Store Bundle that features a Blixen Weapon Blueprint. The H4 Blixen won’t be available until Vanguard and Warzone Season 3 Reloaded content goes live on May 25.

Each Vanguard season has brought a new SMG in the Reloaded update, such as the Welgun in Season 1 and the Armaguerra in Season 2 Reloaded. These two weapons quickly became powerhouses, so we expect the H4 Blixen to be the same.

In a May 23 blog post, the devs claimed that the H4 Blixen can rival the dominant Owen Gun, “the H4 Blixen delivers a reliable three-shot kill at a farther range than the Owen Gun, albeit with a slower rate of fire. It also has three more bullets per standard magazine and slightly better Vertical Recoil Control, Aim Down Sight (ADS) speed, and reload quickness.”


For more on Warzone and Vanguard Season 3, you can check out devs confirmed that 120Hz will return to Xbox Series consoles soon or how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint.

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