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Everything You Need To Know About ‘Call Of Duty: Vanguard’ — Release Date, Reveal Trailer And More

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 19, 2021

Activision and Sledgehammer Games revealed Call Of Duty: Vanguard today during a special event—The Battle of Verdansk—in Warzone. The upcoming 2021 game is set in World War II, though unlike Sledgehammer’s last game, Call Of Duty: WWII, it will take place across several different fronts.

Here’s everything you need to know about Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

Release Date / Platforms

Vanguard releases a bit later in the year than Modern Warfare did back in 2019 and a bit earlier than Black Ops Cold War did in 2020. The game hits shelves on November 5th, 2021. It’s releasing on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. The PC port is being developed by Beenox.

Here’s the trailer:

As you can see, this is a very campaign-focused trailer. We should be getting more multiplayer info soon.


Vangaurd’s campaign takes place across four theaters of war: the Western Front, the Eastern Front, North Africa and the South Pacific. The campaign will follow four special ops soldiers who formed the multinational Task Force One:

  • Sgt. Arthur Kingsley, British, 9th Parachute Battalion
  • Lt. Polina Petrova, Soviet, 138th Rifle Division
  • Captain Wade Jackson, American, Scouting Squadron Six (Navy)
  • 2 Lt. Lucas Riggs, Australian, 20th Battalion

The game is being developed with the same engine and technology that was used in Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare (2019) but adds “reactive environments” aka destructible environments.


At launch, Vanguard will include 20 maps. 16 of those maps are 6v6 with the other 4 set aside for Champion Hill mode.

Gunsmith returns so expect lots of gun customization. Custom ballistics also make their debut in Vanguard which sounds interesting.

Activision and Sledgehammer’s buzz-phrase this time around is “down the barrel gunplay” (in past years it was “boots on the ground gameplay” etc.) which I take as an emphasis on WWII arsenal as opposed to the more modern loadouts in Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War.

Champion Hill

Champion Hill is the new tentpole mode and it sounds kind of like Gunfight Tournament. This time around you can play 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3 in an arena tournament that consists of four maps. That’s pretty cool as it gives players options when they’re running solo or playing with more than just one friend (I really wish that Black Ops Cold War would open up Gunfight to 1v1 and 3v3 permanent playlists).

Multiplayer Beta

There will be a multiplayer beta as well, with PlayStation and pre-order players gaining early access. Details to come.

Treyarch Zombies

This time around, Treyarch is taking the lead on Zombies so as to better incorporate the stories between Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War. This is good news for Zombies fans as Treyarch is clearly the top Call of Duty studio when it comes to that mode.


Once again, Warzone will integrate seamlessly (or as seamlessly as possible) with this year’s Call of Duty. This time, however, Raven Studios is developing an entirely new map for Vanguard. And since the two games will share the same tech—unlike Warzone and Black Ops Cold War—the experience should be much more uniform.


Once again, as with the past two entries in the Call of Duty franchise, all post-launch maps will be free. There will be a Battle Pass system, bundles in the Item Shop and lots of other post-release content including new guns, Operators and so forth. You know the drill by now—and it’s a fine drill, much better than loot boxes and paid map packs.

I made a video about the Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal which you can watch below:

Stay tuned for more coverage of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone and whatever happens with Black Ops Cold War going forward here at this blog and on my YouTube channel. This was a rundown of the basics, but there’s going to be lots more to cover and I should be previewing the game in the not-so-distant future (hopefully) and will return with impressions. Thanks for reading!

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