Activision has not been having a great few months as of late. With the Blizzard arm of the company currently under heavy controversy and media fire from allegations of abuse and assault by its female employees, Activision has seen some of its bigger investors pull out in order to avoid the flak the company is going through, made even worse by the fact that the state of California has filed a lawsuit against them.
Now, it seems that this misfortune is starting to seep towards the company’s biggest moneymaker, its annual Call of Duty franchise. Basically confirming some old rumors, the name of the next title in the series is Call of Duty: Vanguard, and it will be set during World War II. The latest game in the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, was set in the eponymous Cold War in the early 1980’s.
What is there to be learned from the leak
Going off on the earliest sayings by tons of insiders, Call of Duty: Vanguard would be a successor to the series’ 2017 entry, Call of Duty: WWII. While Call of Duty: WWII focused on the fight against Nazi Germany, Call of Duty: Vanguard was said to be taking a different approach to the war. The latter will instead feature the Pacific front, specifically the fight against the Japanese.
This latest leak seems to confirm everything the insiders revealed. Sets of images started to float around Twitter, Imgur, and Reddit of the main artwork to be used by the game, confirming both the title (Call of Duty: Vanguard) and the three editions it is said to come in. Check out one of the tweets for Call of Duty: Vanguard below.
Some EXTRA information about #CallofDuty WW2 Vanguard so far:
– Alpha (In 1 Month)
– Beta (In October)
– Can Kill Nazis
– Zombie Chronicles 2 Likely in Vanguard
– Doors can be Destroyed
– Next Gen Version
– 30+ New Guns
– Mounting Back
– Planes in Warzone pic.twitter.com/0UKsd3Ilj0
— Call of Duty News (@WarzoneQG) August 12, 2021
— HOPXINS 🏴 (@HOPXINS_) August 12, 2021
Most of the now deleted images show Call of Duty: Vanguard that will come in three distinct editions: a Standard Edition, a Cross-Gen Bundle and the Ultimate Edition. Judging by its name, the Cross-Gen Bundle confirms that the game will be available on two generations of consoles. The Ultimate Edition sleeve was also part of what was leaked and it showed three characters on the front: Lucas, Polina and Wade; these seem to be the three main leads for the game. The game’s Ultimate Edition will also come with the Open Beta Early Access, now a staple on most of the Call of Duty titles.
Insider Tom Henderson also tweeted some pertinent information with regards to the game’s official reveal and release. According to the tweets, Call of Duty: Vanguard will be officially revealed on August 19 and it will be released on November 9.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) August 11, 2021
Takes place post World War 2 after the Nazi's lose the War. The Gestapo are trying to reclaim Nazi rights in the games story.
Alpha – A month away
Beta – October
Games Villain is Heinrich Müller.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) August 12, 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard is expected to release sometime this holiday season on both current and last-gen consoles, as well as PC. The series’ free-to-play multiplayer battle royale component, Call of Duty: Warzone, is also expected to get a WWII update later this year to reflect the brand-new title.