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Rumor: CoD 2021 will be called ‘Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard’

A leak claims to reveal the name of the 2021 Call of Duty game.



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A new rumor suggests that Call of Duty 2021’s name will be ‘Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard, and Eurogamer has echoed this information in a new report.

The news, which initially came from ModernWarzone, stated that the current title for the 2021 Call of Duty is ‘WWII Vanguard.’ While ModernWarzone said the name might be a code name, Eurogamer has verified this news, stating that they understand “Activision’s current plan is to stick with the Vanguard subtitle for the final version.”

This is, of course, just a rumor for now. A name has not been officially confirmed and is subject to change.

The new title, set to release in Q4 2021, will mark Sledgehammer Games’ first new title since 2017. Their last title was Call of Duty: WWII.

While Activision has not officially confirmed SHG as the developer, “Eurogamer sources have indicated that this is indeed true.”

Rumors suggest that the 2021 game will take place during the 1950s, expanding beyond what the 2017 game covered in its focus on the European front of the war.

ModernWarzone stated in a video that the game was set in an “alternate timeline” where WWII never ended. However, Eurogamer disputes that information saying that the game is “traditional” WWII setting.

Activision has not officially announced any details on the 2021 Call of Duty game. The company has only confirmed that there will in fact be a new Call of Duty title later this year.

The new title is expected to be integrated with the free to play Call of Duty: Warzone title with it’s launch too, as the company continues to push for Warzone’s expansion.

When Activision plans to reveal the 2021 game remains to be seen. With the success of Warzone and Cold War, the company could hold on revealing it till later in the year, similar to Cold War’s reveal in August 2020.

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Vanguard patch notes tease Ranked mode coming soon

The latest Vanguard patch notes have teased players about a highly anticipated Ranked Mode, suggesting it could be coming soon.



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Vanguard players have been calling for a Ranked mode for some time now and the latest patch notes have just teased its future arrival.

Vanguard’s January 20 update delivered bug fixes after the delay of Season 2, which is great for the community who have recently been highlighting the abundance of issues in both Vanguard and Warzone.

As well as this, players were also given a slight teaser for an upcoming Ranked mode, as it seems changes are being mentioned now, despite the mode not currently being in the game.

Vanguard Operator aiming sniper rifle

The January 20 update for Vanguard has no doubt brought a fresh update to the game after fans’ disappointment with Season 2’s delay and the game’s poor performance in terms of bugs and glitches.

As well as Perk tuning and Shotgun nerfs, the update also hinted at a Ranked mode for the future.

Vanguard Ranked Mode teased

vanguard operator season 1

In the patch notes, one of the points refers to Killstreaks not being available in “Ranked matches.”

  • All Killstreaks, except Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile, are restricted and not able to be used while in Ranked matches

As there isn’t currently a Ranked mode in Vanguard, it is quite odd for the patch notes to mention Killstreaks not being available in Ranked matches.

We know that players have been calling for a Ranked mode to be added for some time now. A new competitive mode would be great for the players wanting more from the game, as some may feel as if the casual playlist is not enough.

As more information is released regarding a Ranked mode, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. For now, check out the best SMG’s to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.

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Best CoD: Vanguard Assault Rifle loadouts: Ranked list

Call of Duty: Vanguard has a great selection of top Assault Rifles, so here are the best loadouts, with each gun ranked in a list too.



lucas riggs holding ar in vanguard

A mean and accurate Assault Rifle is always a good source of fun in Call of Duty. Sledgehammer Games has given players several incredible guns to choose from, so here are the best loadouts for every Assault Rifle in Vanguard, with every gun ranked too.

Another year means another Call of Duty game jam-packed full of guns competing with each other to come out on top.

The game already has a ton of popular weapons and loadouts, so we have gone through each of Vanguard’s Assult Rifles and decided to rank them from worst to best.

Best Vanguard ARs ranked list

players fighting in hotel royal map in cod vanguard

This is our complete list of every Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, taking into account all of their vital statistics, how they feel in-game, and their final forms in terms of attachments too.

Here is every Vanguard Assault Rifle ranked:

  1. Automaton
  2. STG44
  3. Cooper Carbine
  4. BAR
  5. Volk
  6. AS44
  7. NZ-41
  8. ITRA Burst

Best AR loadouts in CoD: Vanguard

For a more detailed look into every Call of Duty: Vanguard Assault Rifle, we’ve gone through each gun and explained the logic behind their positions.

These ARs all have a use and, depending on your preferences, you could find that one works better than another.

8. ITRA Burst

itra burst ar in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 300MM CXII
  • Optic: MK 3 Sunfilter
  • Stock: Botti DII Grip
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 32 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: On-Hand

As is usually the case with burst weapons, the ITRA Burst is a very high risk and high reward weapon with accurate players able to benefit greatly from it. Its main fault sticks out like a sore thumb, and it’s that you’ll only get five bursts to take down an opponent or two.

Thankfully, attachments can improve this drastically, making the ITRA Burst a must-try weapon to see if it’s for you. But for a while, the 4-round burst makes the ITRA Burst a very volatile weapon to use.

7. NZ-41

cod vanguard nz-41 assault rifle
  • Muzzle: Quicksilver SIlencer
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: LOR Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Arisaka 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

In many Call of Duty games, you’ll get weapons that don’t necessarily perform badly, it’s just that there are few redeeming qualities about them that make them desirable.

The NZ-41 carries that vibe, despite its decent accuracy and firepower, and it’s not helped by some erratic recoil that doesn’t hold up to later weapons on this ranked Assault Rifle list that is simply more preferable.

6. AS44

as44 in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 615MM
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Zac 12B Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

It looks like an AK-47, its name isn’t a million away from being “AK-47,” but it just doesn’t quite pack the same punch as one.

It’s a decent Assault Rifle that, as with most weapons, tends to get much better and improves with attachments. But after you’ve fired a few shots you’ll begin to see why it’s just not as heavily favored as other guns. Nevertheless, the AS44 is still worth taking out for a test drive to see what you think.

5. Volk

volk assault rifle in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: MK6 Para
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 45 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Defender

The reality is that the Volk is really good, and its undisputed feature is its fire rate. It has the essence of an SMG within it but is still very much a powerful Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

The recoil may deter players, but as usual, if the Volk has the right attachments on it, it immediately becomes a force to be reckoned with.

4. BAR

cod vanguard bar assault rifle
  • Muzzle: A2 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Chariot 18″ Rapid
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Chariot WR
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Hardscope
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Of all the ARs, the BAR seems to have the most noticeable impact at mid-to-long-range fights, which is supposed to be offset by its 20 round mag. As we know, the BAR can hold 30 rounds quite easily, and this helps to keep the BAR firing its strong rounds for longer.

Don’t expect to win every close-range skirmish though, but have confidence that the BAR can the job done.

3. Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Vanguard Season 1
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Cooper 54RS
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

The Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle was added to Vanguard with the Season 1 update and is available through the Battle Pass. The Cooper Carbine is perhaps the most versatile AR on this list. Players can equip attachments for long-range or close-range combat.

Regardless of how you prefer to use this Assault Rifle, its excellent fire rate will suit aggressive players nicely. Once you unlock the Recoil Booster attachment the Cooper Carbine turns into a deadly killing machine.

2. STG44

stg44 assault rifle in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Vital

A common pick amongst AR users in Vanguard, the STG44’s recoil pattern is extremely easy to learn and only gets better once you start slapping some goodies on it.

It can perform in any length of engagement and has enough firepower to not require you to be the world’s leading marksmen to kill with it. It’s unlocked from the get-go and you’ll find a few STG44’s in each match because it’s just that good.

1. Automaton

automaton ar in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: ZAC Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Sakura 75 rounds drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

A weapon that most players are not as familiar with is the Automaton, but if they want to ‘git gud’ very quickly, then they should consider swapping to the Automaton.

In its most primitive form, the Automaton only requires a gentle tug of the analog stick or mouse to keep it hammering the bullseye over and over. Its fire rate is phenomenal, and once you slap on the 6.5MM Sakura 75 rounds drums, then you can keep hammering away and unloading on enemies for as long as you please.

And those are the best AR loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1! Metas change and another SMG may arrive in Season 2, so we’ll keep this list updated throughout the year.

You can also check out how all of these ARs compare to the rest of Vanguard’s weapons.

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Vanguard January 20 update patch notes: Shotgun nerf, Perk tuning & bug fixes

Here are the full patch notes for Vanguard’s January 20 update, which nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and adjusted the Fortified Perk.



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Vanguard’s developers Sledgehammer Games released a patch on January 20 that’s sought to nerf shotguns, adjust the Fortified Perk, and fixed a bug involving Killstreaks.

Vanguard players have been frustrated with the state of the game for some time now with various bugs and glitches hindering the Multiplayer fun. Thankfully, Sledgehammer Games has released a significant update on January 20 addressing widespread issues.

The January 20 update has finally nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and tuned the Fortified Perk in addition to a number of fixes that could be found in the patch notes below.

Here’s everything you need to know about Vanguard’s January 20 update.

Vanguard’s Double Barrel Shotgun nerf

Vanguard Akimbo Double Barrel

Vanguard players will be pleased to hear that the Double Barrel Shotgun has finally received a much-needed nerf. Thanks to the Akimbo attachment, the Double Barrel Shotgun has been a nightmare to deal with, especially on small maps.

For months, these Shotguns have tormented Vanguard players with their incredible damage output and incredible damage range. The update has nerfed the damage from the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun and the range from the Buck and Slug attachment.

Vanguard January 20 update patch notes

Vanguard Season 1 update

Bug Fixes

  • Weapons
    • Longshots now count when achieved through Incendiary Round’s damage over time
    • When previewing the Welgun after unlocking Challenges in Multiplayer, the Welgun is no longer missing challenge details
    • Corrected unintended behavior with Buck and Slug, which resulted in players getting headshot bonuses when shooting limbs
  • Perks
    • Players with the Fortified Perk are no longer immune to any fire damage including Flamenaut and Incendiary Grenade
  • Killstreaks
    • Fixed an issue where some players would not retain their Killstreaks in between rounds
    • Users can no longer gain infinite ammo with a Killstreak bug exploit

Weapon Balancing

  • ShotgunsAkimbo Double Barrel Shotgun
    • Damage has been reduced
  • Attachments
    • Buck and Slug range has been reduced

Adjusted CDL Recipes with the following:

  • Match start timer is now 30 seconds
  • Removed FMJ from Restricted List
  • Respawn Delay Timer set to 3.5 seconds
  • Suicide Respawn Delay Timer set to 4.5 seconds
  • Added Incendiary Grenades to Restricted List
  • Added Bombing Run to Restricted List
  • All Killstreaks, except Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile, are restricted and not able to be used while in Ranked matches


  • Addressed an issue that could occasionally prevent the player’s Artifact from working properly after using a Self-Revive.
  • Addressed an issue where Support weapons could provide infinite ammo.

The next major Vanguard update will be Season 2, which has now been delayed to February 14 while the developers continue to fix various issues that continue to plague the game.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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