Call Of Duty: Vanguard is the next AAA shooter from Activision’s long-running—and best-selling—shooter franchise. The game was announced last week during a live event in Warzone.
Vanguard is slated for a November 5th release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and on Battle.net for PC.
#1 — The game’s campaign is much more expansive than Call Of Duty: WW2.
Sledgehammer Games, the studio behind Call Of Duty: Vanguard, previously developed both Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (starring Kevin Spacey!) and Call Of Duty: WW2.
Vanguard, while also set in the Second Great War, is about more than just the Western Front. Call Of Duty: WW2 focused on a platoon of American soldiers who land at Normandy and fight their way across Europe a la Band Of Brothers.
In Vanguard, players will play across four theaters of war—the Western and Eastern European fronts as well as the South Pacific and North Africa. The campaign features four protagonists from across the globe:
- Private Lucas Riggs, 20th Battalion, Australian 9th Infantry Division, British Eighth Army.
- Sergeant Arthur Kingsley of the 9th Parachute Battalion, British Army.
- Lieutenant Wade Jackson, Scouting Squadron Six, United States Navy.
- Lieutenant Polina Petrova of the 138th Rifle Division, Red Army.
For WW2 buffs and fans of historical shooters, this should be a fun action-packed title though I wouldn’t get your hopes up for any groundbreaking story. I’m a fan of Call Of Duty and I play all the campaigns, but they’re typically pretty bombastic affairs. Then again, I was impressed with where Call Of Duty: WW2’s story ended up.
#2 — Multiplayer is kicking things off with a bang.
There will be 20 multiplayer maps for Vanguard at launch, which is a lot more than usual for Call Of Duty these days. One reason for this is the fact that Vanguard won’t have any big team modes like Ground War from Modern Warfare or Fireteam from Black Ops Cold War.
This means that 16 of the game’s launch maps will be for traditional 6v6 multiplayer, which is really good news. The other four are for a new mode called Champion Hill. This mode takes some elements of the 2v2 Gunfight mode first introduced in Modern Warfare, and elements from the Gunfight Tournament mode introduced in Black Ops Cold War and pits players in 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 tournaments. It sounds really fun.
New destructive environments, the return of the Gunsmith, and a full array of historical weapons should make this a nice change of pace from Black Ops Cold War, as much as I do enjoy that game.
#3 — Vanguard will integrate with Warzone and continue the Battle Pass system.
Alongside multiplayer and the campaign, Vanguard will be fully integrated into Warzone, the free-to-play Call of Duty Battle Royale title that came out right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns here in the US.
The really exciting thing about this integration? A brand new Warzone map, presumably better suited to a World War 2 game. What this map will look like remains to be seen, but I’m ready for the change. Verdansk is fine, but even in its 1984 iteration, it’s worn out its welcome.
Then again, I hope that we get to choose between WW2 and modern maps rather than try to integrate every game into the same map. Being able to go back and forth between modern and historical gameplay would be really great. I’m still annoyed that we didn’t get an actual Black Ops battle royale that utilized that game’s gunplay and mechanics. The two games just play so radically different it’s quite jarring.
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#4 — Treyarch is making Vanguard’s Zombies mode.
Rather than have Sledgehammer take point on the co-op Zombies mode, Black Ops Cold War studio Treyarch has taken the lead in developing Vanguard’s Zombies mode. The studio is linking the story directly to the Black Ops universe and the Dark Aether storyline.
We’re expecting a detailed preview of this mode closer to Halloween—which isn’t long before launch!
#5 — There’s an Alpha coming this weekend.
If you’re still not convinced—and why should you be?—there’s a free Alpha this weekend for PS4 and PS5 players. It looks like the Alpha is focused on Champion Hill so you’ll get a good taste of the new mode if you jump in this weekend between Friday at 10am PT and Sunday at 10am PT. You don’t need to pre-order the game or have a PlayStation Plus account. It’s open to everyone and hopefully, PC and Xbox players will be able to try the game out the following weekend.
Players can pre-load the Alpha content now. Maybe I’ll see you in the game.