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Rumors claim Sledgehammer Games developing Call of Duty 2021

Rumors have begun to circulate over who will develop Call of Duty 2021, with Sledgehammer Games being the likeliest candidate.

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Although there is no official word on what the next Call of Duty title will be, or who’s developing it, reliable leaker Tom Henderson believes Sledgehammer Games will be working on the next release.

We’re months away from having any information surrounding Call of Duty 2021. The only thing we know for sure is that it’s not being developed by Treyarch Studios, as they only recently released Black Ops Cold War and will be maintaining and updating it over 2021.

Popular Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson, formerly known as YouTuber Long Sensation, believes that CoD 2021 will be helmed by Sledgehammer Games.

Sledgehammer Games developing CoD 2021?

On January 3, Henderson Tweeted out a Call of Duty development timeline for the past year in which has all three studios fall into place.

He clarified that this is not a leak, but an educated guess based on Call of Duty’s development times. This year’s title is on the slate for November 2021 and Infinity Ward was still developing Warzone until September 2020, so that would only give them 14 months to develop a new CoD game.

Sledgehammer Games has reportedly been working on a new Call of Duty title since August 2019 which is a far more reasonable timeframe for a 2021 release. Therefore, Henderson made the educated guess that SH will be developing Call of Duty 2021.

Sledgehammer Games will be known to most Call of Duty fans for developing Advanced Warfare and WWII. These games had a mixed reception and for the past few years, SH has been assisting Infinity Ward and Treyarch with recent titles.

However, they have confirmed they are working on multiple projects and have opened up a new studio in Australia, and hired over 150 employees. It’s possible that the expansion is to develop CoD 2021.

As for the setting for this year’s Call of Duty, Henderson doesn’t believe it will be set far in the future like Advanced Warfare. He is confident that Sledgehammer’s game will integrate with Warzone in the same way that Black Ops Cold War did in 2020. It’s unlikely that a futuristic laser rifle will be added to Warzone so the time period shouldn’t stray too far from the modern-day.

“Advanced Warfare 2 and a WWII sequel are both plausible,” said Henderson during a livestream. He followed up in a YouTube video that an Advanced Warfare sequel could act as a prequel.

Some fans believe the Sledgehammer Melee Weapon coming to Cold War is a breadcrumb hinting at the future of Call of Duty, but that’s unlikely.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard’s Engine used by real war photojournalists to capture WW2 battles

War photojournalists were invited to use Call of Duty: Vanguard’s engine to capture photos as if they were in the WW2 battles themselves.

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To showcase Call of Duty: Vanguard’s realism, Activision invited real war photojournalists Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini inside Vanguard’s engine to capture WW2 photos as if they were really there.

Photo Mode has been commonplace in video games over the past few years, allowing players to snap beautiful images of their favorite games.

Activision has taken this a step further by allowing actual war photojournalists, Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini, inside Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Game Engine to take photos as if “they were embedded within the war missions themselves.”

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In support of Call of Duty Endowment, Activision invited war journalists Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini, who have reported on battles in places such as the Middle East, to go inside CoD: Vanguard’s Game Engine to capture photos of WW2 battles.

Vanguard runs on Modern Warfare (2019)’s engine, which has a strong focus on realism. In a press release via Business Wire, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Marketing Officer, Fernando Machado, said, “We tested its realism by sending in Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini with special camera-like portals into the game engine itself, which took them back in time as if they were a photographer in that period, showing how real Vanguard will truly look and feel to gamers everywhere.”

In the trailer released for the photoshoot, we can see Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini move around Activision’s motion capture studio, taking photos as if they were in the WW2 battles.

In the short film, Alex Potter explained that it “felt like they were situations that I would normally capture” and Sebastian Tomada said that “I was impressed how kinetic the game was because everything is actually happening and moving around you. This is what war looks like.”

Limited edition prints of the images that the war journalists captured will be sold at BleeckerTrading.com, with all proceeds going towards Call of Duty Endowment, Activision’s charity that helps to place veterans into “meaningful jobs.”


For more Vanguard news, you can check out when Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to end, and when Vanguard Season 1 might begin.

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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.

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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.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is going out with a bang thanks to its Halloween-themed event.

The patch notes for The Haunting have confirmed that there will be no Season 6 Reloaded, which have been commonplace over in recent months.

Now that we know that Verdansk’s final season won’t be Reloaded, when will Season 6 end and Vanguard Season 1 start?

Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end date

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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

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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.

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.

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That was everything we know so far about the transition from Black Ops Cold War into Vanguard later this year.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out the Zombies reveal trailer, as well as the latest anti-cheat information.

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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.

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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.

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Currently situated in Brick Lane East London is a cool piece of marketing to advertise the upcoming Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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.

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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.


Also, check out the fan-favorite map returning CoD Vanguard Zombies, and for some fun, Halloween content, find out everything we know about the much-anticipated ‘The Haunting‘ special event.

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