Call of Duty: Vanguard - Release Date, Leaks, Setting, Weapons, Maps, And More
The latest instalment of the Call of Duty franchise is dawning, and there are more question marks than ever leading up to its announcement and release. With Warzone becoming one of Activision's main focuses, the looming Call of Duty: Vanguard has been placed underneath a microscope, with leaks and reports coming nearly every other week.
So, what can we expect from the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard?
Call of Duty: Vanguard - Release Date
Call of Duty titles are often released in November, as Activision look to ramp up sales around Christmastime. This allows the game to worm its way onto Santa's lists, even for those who wouldn't necessarily buy the game themselves. Often, the instalments are released between November 10-20.
However, many reports suggest that the developers are not ready to roll out Call of Duty: Vanguard as per the usual timeframe. With the development of Warzone being prominent and Sledgehammer being rushed to the front, we may not see Call of Duty: Vanguard at all in 2021. Instead, we could see the held-back Modern Warfare 2 Remastered multiplayer be rolled out.
Call of Duty: Vanguard - Setting
As Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to be set just after World War Two, many mixed reports have surfaced about where the title will be set.
The first theory, handed down by many community figures and leakers (hence them more credible setting) is that the game will follow an alternate timeline to the ending of the world war. This leaves Call of Duty: Vanguard's setting to be entirely down to the developers' imaginations. With Sledgehammer Games' expertise in fantasised storylines, seen in Advanced Warfare, this seems plausible.
The other explanation would be that it would follow real-life events. The first war following WW2 would be the Korean War, which also ties into the cancelled Call of Duty: Fog of War title that Sledgehammer laid to rest before the Modern Warfare franchise took centre stage.
Call of Duty: Vanguard - Weapons
Some of the classic World War 2 weapons will surely be added, with the setting being just after the war concluded.
The most likely weapon that is inevitable will be the PPSH Submachine Gun. The Russian gun gets its name from the phrase "Pistolét-pulemyót Shpágina" meaning "Shpagin's machine pistol" after its founder Georgy Shpagin. As a reliable weapon that seems to have spanned even to the 1980s (as seen by its addition to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone), the PPSH-41 is set for yet another run in the limelight.
Other weapons that have been a staple mark to historical Call of Duty titles could also feature, such as:
- M1 GARAND (Assault Rifle)
- STG44 (Assault Rifle)
- M1A1 CARBINE (Assault Rifle)
- TYPE 100 (SMG)
- MP-40 (SMG)
- MG 42 (LMG)
- LEE ENFIELD (Sniper)
- KAR98K (Sniper)
- PANZERSCHRECK (Rocket Launcher)
Reports emerged that Call of Duty: Vanguard is going to follow an alternate ending to World War 2, which has also spread scepticism on whether the German influence has remained at large. With this in mind, community figures have begun to speculate as to whether the Ray Gun was presented to the Government, such as was planned before it was whisked into the aether.
As a weapon of mass destruction, the Ray Gun and Wunderwaffe could feature in both the campaign and multiplayer for the first time ever.
Call of Duty: Vanguard - Maps
The likelihood is that for the first time since Call of Duty: WWII, we will see completely new maps, with no remastered variants that we have seen before.
Previous instalments have been littered with classics like Nuketown in Black Ops Cold War and Crash in Modern Warfare 2019. However, with only WWII to cherry-pick from, it's inevitable that Sledgehammer will want to stray away from the title that came under quite large criticism.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Warzone Integration
Following the announcement that Sledgehammer Games are officially taking the reins behind the 2021 instalment, Activision was keen to insist that just as Black Ops Cold War did, Call of Duty: Vanguard will have Warzone integration.
Activision Blizzard Chief Operating Officer said "This is a built for next-generation experience with stunning visuals across campaign, multiplayer, and co-operative modes of play, designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem."
As to when the official integration will come, reports suggest a WW2-themed Warzone map won't be arriving until 2022.
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