Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has discussed the upcoming Call of Duty 2021 rumors, complementing the game’s engine, and why he’s not a fan of the rumored theme for the game.
Naturally, every man and his dog is discussing these rumors and posturing about what they think the game could be like. NICKMERCS has chimed into the conversation offering his thoughts on some of the key debates concerning Call of Duty 2021.
Firstly, he’s made it clear that he’s wholeheartedly in favor of the game potentially using the Modern Warfare game engine: “This is huge for Warzone because as you can tell from the Cold War guns and that integration, switching engines from game-to-game and putting it all in the same BR (battle royale) can leave it in kind of a mess.
So that’s big news, and moving on in the right direction on that end.”
Reception for the Modern Warfare engine has largely been popular since the game’s release in 2019. Having Warzone and CoD 2021 running on the same engine will allow for an easier transition of guns and other content.
However, Nick is scared of “the game going back in time.” The rumored project name for Activision’s latest Call of Duty game is “Vanguard”, traditionally an old military term. And the belief is that we are about to go back to the World War 2 era with the latest shooter.
Nick says, “In the history of Call of Duty, every time they go back in time I’m just not a big fan. It’s just the energy, the vibe, always like some war we’re in like World War 2, and it’s just sad times man, it’s a weird look, and I don’t really like it.”
He also jokingly asks how he’s “going to bring a Kilo (141) from 2020, back to the 40s.”
Despite Call of Duty’s early beginning with World War games, the franchise really found its footing with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The World Wars have been explored by so many different games that you do wonder how much new ground there is to tread.
A reveal should hopefully be on the way in the near future, and we’ll be able to get even more opinions from NICKMERCS and other leading CoD players on the next game.
Image credits: Activision / NICKMERCS
8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021
Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War has kept fans ticking over nicely in the 1980s, but here are 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021.
Black Ops Cold War has offered CoD fans plenty of amazing memories thanks to its intriguing campaign, feisty online multiplayer, and intense Zombies. But now we start to delve into our future wants and wishes with 8 things we want in Call of Duty 2021.
It’s all well and good living in the moment as we are doing with Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone to an extent, but sometimes you have to start looking forward. Before long, Activision’s latest round of frenetic first-person shooter action will be here, and everyone will have their own wishlist of ideas for it.
Cold War has delivered countless hours of fun for players to dive into, but there’s always room for improvement.
So without any further ado, here are 8 things we would desperately love to see in Call of Duty 2021.
1. A campaign
We’re certain the mistakes of Black Ops 4 won’t be repeated, but we need Call of Duty to remain faithful to its roots and deliver a compelling campaign.
Whether you’re someone who dispenses with the storytelling theatrics and dives into the online, or someone who loves a good campaign, CoD should always have to remain true to its identity. The exploits of Bell, Adler, and the gang in Black Ops Cold was a fun foray and we need more of it.
2. The return of sniping
Black Ops Cold War has some beastly snipers, we’re looking at you LW3 Tundra, but there are so few of them and so few maps that accommodate them that it’s hard to become invested.
It’s extremely rare that you’ll be killed by a Sniper Rifle, whether by hardscoping or quickscoping, and it feels like that element of CoD has fallen by the wayside. Call of Duty 2021 needs maps with longer channels and more viable Sniper Rifles to help bring back the glory days.
3. More content on launch
2019’s Modern Warfare pretty much bucked the trend when it came to delivering content for its reboot. Instead of launching with a large amount of content, it focused more on drip-feeding new maps and game modes throughout its lifespan.
This philosophy was adopted by Black Ops Cold War and meant that Treyarch’s Cold War-era shooter only launched with eight original 6v6 maps. It’s true that the new Fireteam mode also contained fresh maps, but they weren’t available for 6v6.
We’ve had the likes of The Pines, Apocalypse, and Nuketown added to the original line-up. Whilst it must understandably be hard to keep on top of new 6v6 Gunfight, Fireteam, Zombies, and Outbreak content, lots of players are only interested in 6v6 and need more of these maps to retain their interest.
4. More fan feedback to bugs and glitches
Sometimes being left out in the lurch can alienate fans and make them feel like they’re not being listened to, when in fact they are. Between the weekly updates and constant patch notes, the devs are always hard at work trying to maintain multiple areas of CoD games.
The devs for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone do listen, and this is reflected in replies to Tweets, Reddit posts, and acknowledgment of issues that are visible on the game’s respective Trello pages. It just might be an idea to update players a bit more regularly with updates and confirm that certain problems are being addressed to reassure the fanbase.
5. More Zombies & Outbreak
We wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a proper Spec Ops mode like Modern Warfare 2 in CoD 2021, if not, then another tussle with the undead will more than suffice.
One of the breakout successes to come from Black Ops Cold War was the Season 2 addition of Outbreak mode. A brand new open-world Zombies game mode that shared more in common with Warzone than it did regular Zombies. If we can expand upon this even further, introduce more quests, more abilities, then Outbreak could break out into one of CoD’s best aspects, if not the best.
6. World Warzone 2?
Warzone has categorically changed Call of Duty forever as its endlessly replayable adaptation of battle royale has been an indescribable success. But if the rumor of a new World War 2 game is accurate, is it time to outlast 100+ players in a war-torn muddy battlefield soaked in blood, rain, and trenches?
The change of setting and scenery could be absolutely fascinating with destroyed buildings allowing for tense and chaotic fights. Tanks and planes strewn about the place, and monuments stricken by total war. Warzone could easily crossover into World War and seamlessly create a whole new, fresh experience for players to engage in.
7. More Hardcore modes
We feel that not enough love is shown to the Hardcore variants of some of Call of Duty’s best modes. Lots of players enjoy living life on the edge in Hardcore knowing that one small mistake will see their reduced health crumble in one shot.
Yet, the likes of Hardpoint, Gunfight, Fireteam, and many more are all absent from the Hardcore playlist options in Black Ops Cold War. There’s no reason why Hardcore gamers should be missing out on all the fun.
8. Ranked Play from the beginning
This revisits the argument about having extra content from the get-go, but for a large part of the community, Ranked Play is the be-all and end-all.
Rule restrictions and equipment barriers provide a pure test of skill. Many advanced CoD players perhaps don’t feel challenged by the perceived weakness of traditional lobbies, and Ranked Play gives them that challenge. Cold War took nearly five months to add Ranked Play when it really should be available from the start.
Those are all the things we absolutely want to see in Call of Duty: 2021.
Image credits: Activision
Call of Duty 2021: Release date, title, developers, rumors & leaks
Here’s everything we currently know about Call of Duty 2021, including the release date, time period, and Warzone integration.
Call of Duty 2021 is officially on the horizon, and here’s everything we know about the upcoming game’s release date, who’s developing it, leaks, and more.
As always, a new year means a new Call of Duty game. The upcoming Call of Duty 2021 release is as mysterious as it is exciting, and we’re sure to get another year of Warzone updates combined with a brand new (or returning) setting for the franchise.
With the resounding success of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, the 2021 iteration of Call of Duty is sure to be a huge release.
Let’s break down all we currently know.
CoD 2021 release date
Call of Duty traditionally releases in November. However, Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 were both released in October. Ideally, Call of Duty targets the first Friday of every November, as we saw for the releases of CoD WW2 and Infinite Warfare.
The Friday tradition started with Black Ops 3, where games before saw releases on the first Tuesday of November. Below you can read some of the recent Call of Duty releases.
- Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
- Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
- Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
- WWII: November 3, 2017
- Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
- Modern Warfare: October 25, 2019
- Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020
Activision has officially confirmed during their investor call on February 4 that there’s a new Call of Duty game coming this year, and the 2021 title will run parallel to Warzone.
We could expect CoD 2021 to release again on the first Friday of November. Black Ops Cold War was released on the second Friday of November, which could very well be due to the less-than-normal development time Treyarch had for the title.
Overall, we would definitely expect the new game to drop on either the first or second Friday of November 2021.
CoD 2021 title
There is a rumor from ModernWarzone that the working title for the 2021 Call of Duty is ‘WWII Vanguard.’ This title adds credibility to the potential of this being a World War game, as Vanguard is the foremost part of an advancing army or naval force.
While ModernWarzone believes this title may be changed in the future, Eurogamer “understands Activision’s current plan is to stick with the Vanguard subtitle for the final version.”
There has been no official word from Activision yet, and plans could certainly change in the future.
CoD 2021 setting and time period
One rumor suggests that the 2021 game will be set during the World War II era again, and Eurogamer reported that this will be true.
ModernWarzone claimed that CoD: WWII Vanguard would be an alternate history version of WWII set in the 1950s. However, Eurogamer’s sources disputed this information, saying it would be a “traditional WW2 setting.”
We should get more teasers for the game in the coming months. Leaks, as always, will be tough to decipher, with plenty of community members posting fake leaks for each new CoD game.
What engine will CoD 2021 run on?
One of the biggest talking points when discussing Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is the engine. Infinity Ward brought an entirely new, more realistic-feeling engine with Modern Warfare and Warzone, while Cold War used an updated version of the Black Ops 3 engine with a more classic CoD feel.
With players often switching between Cold War and Warzone, the engine shift can feel jarring, so fans are keen to find out which engine CoD 2021 will run on.
A report by VGC claims that 2021’s Call of Duty will be on Modern Warfare’s engine. This means the game will likely have the same feel as MW and Warzone and will run similarly, boasting the same improvements to realism and performance.
Which studio is developing CoD 2021?
The current main development studios for Call of Duty are Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch. Normally these studios operate on 3-year development cycles. However, Sledgehammer Games did not have the lead slot for their most recent planned 2020 release, which instead became Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.
Due to this, Sledgehammer Games are the most likely candidates to develop the 2021 Call of Duty title. Eurogamer also believes SHG will be developing WWII Vanguard, reporting that their “sources have indicated this is indeed true.”
Will CoD 2021 integrate with Warzone?
Black Ops Cold War integrated with Warzone at the launch of its first season, bringing across Operators, weapons, and even Zombies.
Activision have stated that they intend to keep Warzone at the ‘front and center’ of Call of Duty for a long time, but per VGC’s report, the depth of CoD 2021’s integration with Warzone remains ‘uncertain.’
While the game will most likely share weapons and progression, it’s uncertain if the integration will go any deeper. WW2 is a vastly different setting from Modern Warfare and Cold War, so developers will face challenges in fully integrating these time periods.
And as for a new map, VGC’s sources also say that this will be “uncertain” because of “scheduling issues and shift in setting.” There could be a potential revamp in 2022, or perhaps there won’t be a new map until CoD 2022.
We’ll be sure to update this post with any new information, as it becomes available.
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Report: Depth of CoD 2021’s integration with Warzone remains ‘uncertain’
How Warzone will evolve with future Call of Duty titles remains up in the air.
According to a new report from VGC, Call of Duty 2021’s full integration with Call of Duty: Warzone is still being determined.
In a new article citing sources, VGC states that Call of Duty 2021 title will see a basic integration with Call of Duty: Warzone that is expected from the new Call of Duty progression systems.
The game will most likely share both the weapons and overall player progression systems upon its release later this year.
But beyond that, a deeper integration remains uncertain, per their sources. Call of Duty 2021, which is reportedly set during WWII, will face challenges fully integrating because of its radical change in setting from both Modern Warfare and Cold War.
VGC says that whether there will be a full new Warzone map for the 2021 game is “uncertain” because of “scheduling issues and shift in setting.” VGC says there could be a potential revamp in 2022, or Activision could hold on a full new map until the 2022 Call of Duty game releases.
As of now, the two games are expected to share weapons and overall progression similar to the integration between Cold War and Warzone. This is something Activision executives have already alluded too in statements, saying Warzone will be ‘front and center’ for Call of Duty for ‘years to come.’
When Black Ops Cold War first launched in November, Warzone only got the game’s Operators to start. Later in December, with Season 1 of Cold War, Activision fully integrated both Warzone & Cold War together – from the progression system to Battle Pass unlocks to weapon integration.
Many fans were upset with how the overall integration went, with Warzone receiving a large batch of new weapons that altered the game’s meta.
Activision executives confirmed back in February 2021 during an earnings call that the studios “learned a lot” on how to best integrate Warzone with premium releases after the Cold War integration in December 2020.
VGC has reported that Call of Duty: Warzone is set to receive a much bigger ‘Black Ops themed’ revamp in April, when a ‘nuke event’ is set to change Verdansk and the game overall. It’ll be a dramatic shift for the title, the biggest since its launch.
Activision executives have also said in recent interviews that Cold War’s ‘1980s theme’ brings a “lot of new opportunities” for content for Warzone.
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