It’s November, so it’s time for a new Call of Duty. And this year, Call of Duty: Vanguard returns the series to its most familiar setting: World War II.
This time the single-player campaign will be focused on four characters from around the world: Sgt. Arthur Kingsley of Britain’s 9th Parachute Battalion, Lt. Polina Petrova of the Soviet 138th Rifle Division, Captain Wade Jackson of the US Navy’s Scouting Squadron Six, and Second Lieutenant Lucas Riggs of Australia’s 20th Battalion. We’re told these are based on real soldiers of the war who were pivotal in decisive battles. This take on WWII will be more realistic and grounded, though that doesn’t mean there won’t be zombies.
It’s the multiplayer that has always been the star attraction of CoD. Vanguard is launching with 20 maps to start with, as well as a new mode called Champion Hill which is a kind of cross between battle royale and Gunfight. A “Warzone Pacific” map is on the way that will integrate with COD Warzone players. Activision is also promising there will be less cheating this time thanks to something called “The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Initiative” that uses “enhanced investigation processes” to identify and throw cheating players out. Guess we’ll see how effective it is.
“Vanguard’s launch is just the beginning. This new release will deliver unprecedented breadth and depth of amazing content experiences for Call of Duty players,” says Johanna Faries, General Manager at Activision. “Together with next month’s release of the all-new Warzone Pacific map, Call of Duty is set to create the most integrated and deepest live ops calendar we’ve ever had. Today is an exciting next chapter for our ever-evolving franchise.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net.