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Rumor: CoD 2021’s Zombies mode co-developed by Treyarch & Sledgehammer Games

Rumors provide new details on CoD 2021’s co-op mode and the developers working on it.

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A new rumor sheds some light about what to expect for Call of Duty 2021’s upcoming co-op modes, which Activision has not officially announced as of now.

The new rumor claims that the 2021 game’s co-op mode will be a Zombies mode, which would be expected for Sledgehammer Games, as all of their Call of Duty titles have had some form of Zombies.

However, the new information suggests that the Zombies mode for the 2021 game is being developed in partnership with Treyarch.

The rumor comes from @Cheezburgerboyz in a tweet, which was also reported on by @InfoCODEsp_. In a tweet, he asked Treyarch for a “year 2” of Cold War Zombies, but certain accounts have stated that he is implying that Treyarch’s already working on Zombies with Sledgehammer.

Another leak account followed up clarifying exactly what he meant.

This information of course has not been officially confirmed. If it is in fact true, it would be a major development change for Activision as a whole.

While studios have supported other studios with development, Treyarch usually sticks to developing their own Zombies modes for their titles. And what this means for the future of Treyarch Zombies in their own games also remains to be seen.

Some have speculated that Treyarch’s Zombies team assisting Sledgehammer Games for 2021 game is a reason why Cold War’s Zombies support has been all over the place. The studio did recently detail in depth info on what’s to come for Cold War Zombies, including a new DLC map with Season 4 and more Outbreak content.

Activision, as always, does not comment on rumors or speculation about upcoming titles.

The company has only confirmed so far that the 2021 game’s development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and said Sledgehammer Games has a ‘very talented studio’ that has been rebuilt over the last few years.

Activision executives also mentioned that the game is being “built for next-generation experiences” across its “campaign, multiplayer, and co-op” modes. The executives did not state what the co-op mode will be for now.

Sledgehammer Games’ last title was Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 which featured its own Zombies mode with its own storyline and characters.

The 2021 Call of Duty game is rumored to be called Call of Duty: Vanguard and take place during World War II era, similar to 2017’s game.

We also don’t expect Activision to reveal Call of Duty 2021 anytime soon. In the past, the company would reveal games in May with launch in November. After Warzone’s launch and success, Activision has been taking their time to reveal games and letting the current game – along with Warzone – have more time to breathe. Cold War was revealed in August 2020.

As always, stay tuned for the latest on Call of Duty 2021.

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Vanguard WWII Warzone map locations reportedly revealed by CoD leaker

A Call of Duty dataminer has discovered the potential POIs for Vanguard’s leaked Warzone map, with some familiar names returning.

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A data miner has discovered the potential locations for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s WWII-themed Warzone map, which is set to arrive with the game’s launch later in 2021.

Call of Duty is set to return to the Second World War with ‘Vanguard,’ helmed by Sledgehammer Games. Not much is known about 2021’s entry to the franchise, but a recent report from VGC claimed that Activision plan on releasing a brand-new WWII-themed Warzone map along with Vanguard’s release.

VGC’s report said that Sledgehammer Games will be better prepared for a Warzone integration than Treyarch, and will be bringing a “massive WWII” revamp set in the Pacific, with the game’s “largest new map” yet.

Following the leak that the new map will be “Firestorm with more players,” the potential locations for the new map have also been revealed.

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Call of Duty dataminer and leaker Nanikos shared Vanguard’s locations from the game files, crediting another dataminer ‘Glitchy’ for finding them after the Season 4 update.

Here are the potential WWII Warzone map locations:

  • Resort
  • Capital
  • Radio Station
  • Subpen
  • Farms
  • Airfield
  • Lagoon
  • Beach Head
  • Caldera
  • Mines
  • Village
  • Airstrip
  • Docks
  • Arsenal

A few of these locations will sound familiar to Call of Duty fans. Some refer directly to classic Call of Duty maps, such as Airfield from World at War, but it’s too early to speculate on what these locations could look like.

The ‘Subpen’ location appears to confirm its WWII setting, however. A subpen, short for submarine pen, is a bunker used to protect submarines from air attacks and was often used during the Second World War.

Neither Activision nor Sledgehammer Games have commented on this new Warzone map, the only information we have is VGC’s report and this new leak. Of course, the Ural Mountains Warzone map was widely believed to be coming instead of Verdansk ’84, so take all of these leaks with a pinch of salt.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to be revealed later in the year, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all CoD 2021 updates.

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Call of Duty leaker claims Vanguard Warzone will be “Firestorm with more players”

Well-known leaker Tom Henderson claims the rumored Warzone map coming with Call of Duty: Vanguard could see the lobby size increase.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s rumored Warzone map could see the size of lobbies increased, according to renowned data miner Tom Henderson.

Tom Henderson has struck again, but not with information about Battlefield 2042, this time he’s revealed that Warzone’s new World War map is set to resemble Battlefield V’s Firestorm game mode, but with more players.

Battlefield’s take on battle royale only had room for 64 players, and it’s expected that Warzone’s version of the mode will probably up this significantly to match the usual Warzone lobby numbers.

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In an interesting Tweet, Tom described what he believes is happening to the new map saying “The more I hear about the Pacific-themed Warzone map, the more I like it.

“It sounds like it’s going to be a lot like Firestorm with limited destruction, more vehicle play, and more players. They are definitely changing the formula to keep people playing.”

As well as the message, he also attached some images to it, perhaps an indicator of the kind of vehicles and setup we can expect in the new map.

If this all turns out to be true, then it would be a very interesting approach to Warzone. Firestorm was well-liked, but microtransactions and a lukewarm response to Battlefield V as a whole meant that the player count, and interest, was already low by the time it rolled out.

Furthermore, the addition of more vehicles could prove to be controversial, with content creator JGOD suggesting that an “oversaturation of vehicular combat” could be a major negative for Battlefield 2042.

His words should be taken with a pinch of salt like with any leak, but his leaks regarding Battlefield 2042 basically all turned out to be true. His drawings of the robot combat dogs were accurate and he also said that the game wouldn’t launch with a campaign.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard: Release date, reveal, developers, rumors & leaks

Here’s everything we currently know about Call of Duty: Vanguard, including the release date, time period, and Warzone integration.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is 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.

As time has passed, more information has begun to rise to the surface regarding the 2021 title called Call of Duty: Vanguard, its setting, and its possible integration with Warzone.

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. Cold War has now completely integrated with Warzone, bringing the game to the 1980s, and with 2021’s game set to integrate too, the game’s setting has never been more important.

Here’s everything we know about the 2021 game Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard title

There is a rumor from ModernWarzone that the working title for the 2021 Call of Duty is ‘ 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.

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A new report by Video Games Chronicle on June 9, 2021, has also reported that this year’s game will be called Call of Duty: Vanguard.

CoD: Vanguard 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: 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.

A June 9, 2021 report by Video Games Chronicle stated that the setting for Call of Duty: Vanguard will be in both the Pacific and European Theaters of World War II. The reported plot will focus on the birth of modern allied special forces and will feature Campaign, Zombies, and Multiplayer modes.

Which studio is developing CoD: Vanguard ?

Sledgehammer games rumored to make CoD Vanguard

In Activision’s Q4 earnings call, they confirmed that a new Call of Duty game would be releasing in 2021, with Sledgehammer Games in charge of development.

Sledgehammer released Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 but faced difficulties after their co-founders and many team members left. However, Sledgehammer hired over 150 new people to the studio in 2020 and recently opened a new studio in Toronto.

Activision said that “Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games, and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release.”

CoD: Vanguard release date

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Call of Duty games traditionally release 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 CoD WW2 and Infinite Warfare releases.

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

We could expect this year’s Call of Duty game to release on either the first or second Friday of November 2021. That gives us a possible date of either the 5th or 12th of November.

Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal date

There is still no confirmation on when Vanguard will be officially revealed, however by looking at Black Ops Cold War’s announcement, we can hazard a guess. For the first time in Call of Duty history, the next game was revealed in an in-game live event.

All signs point towards Vanguard being revealed inside Warzone, with a recent leak suggesting the Vanguard will be revealed during Season 4. On June 9, 2021, Video Games Chronicle also reported on the idea that Call of Duty: Vanguard will be revealed through an in-game event in Warzone and that it will have a November release date.

Activision’s president confirmed in a recent interview that their games could be released “later in the year” than before, and VGC also said that Call of Duty will be skipping E3.

With this information and Cold War’s reveal last year, it’s likely that Call of Duty: Vanguard will be revealed in July or August 2021.

What engine will Call of Duty: Vanguard 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.

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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: Vanguard 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.

Activision has also said that “the game is “being built” for next-generation consoles & PC,” but there’s no confirmation if the game will also release for the Xbox One and PS4.

However, VGC reported on June 9, 2021, that Call of Duty: Vanguard is being developed for current and last generation consoles and PC.

Will Call of Duty: Vanguard integrate with Warzone?

Warzone x Black Ops Cold War integration

Black Ops Cold War integrated with Warzone at its first season, bringing across Operators, weapons, and even Zombies.

Activision has stated that they intend to keep Warzone at the ‘front and center’ of Call of Duty for a long time. In the Q4 investor call, Activision confirmed that CoD 2021 is designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem.”

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 Cold War, especially Modern Warfare, 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 the first half of 2022, similar to Verdansk ’84, or perhaps there won’t be a new map until after CoD 2022 releases.

However, a June 9, 2021 report by VGC states that the integration between Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard will be very extensive thanks to Sledgehammer Games having more time to prepare for it. This integration will see Warzone transition to a World War II setting following its transition to the 1980s in Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War.

This setting transition will see a new Pacific Theater World War II Warzone map be the main focus, as it will reportedly be the largest map the Call of Duty battle royale has ever seen. This new Warzone map will also reportedly feature new vehicles for players to use.


We’ll be sure to update this post with any new information, as it becomes available.

A new Battlefield game will also be released late in 2021, and the game has now been officially revealed, so you can check out everything we know about Battlefield 2042 and its multiplayer maps, modes, and Specialists.

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