Call of Duty Vanguard: Everything we know before launch

Call of Duty Vanguard: Everything we know before launch

Activision’s annual COD drop is just a few hours away, and the community is hype. Despite the negativity that the company has endured in 2021, people seem to have moved on. They are patiently awaiting the release of Call of Duty Vanguard, the latest member of the COD family. This year, Sledgehammer is at-bat, and they seem to have taken notes of their doubters’ lack of confidence in their previous titles. There are tons to know about the game before you buy and download, so keep scrolling for the most important things we know before this year’s COD launch.

Warzone Integration

At this point in Activision’s battle royale success, It’s safe to assume that they will integrate every Call of Duty to launch following Modern Warfare 2019 into Warzone. Call of Duty Vanguard will also be incorporated in the game, similar to Black Ops Cold War. However, it seems that it won’t take as long as it did the first time around, which took about two months to be fully fleshed out.

It seems early in the game’s life; we will see rollouts of new content related to Vanguard, such as a new Warzone map launch later in the year, new weapons and vehicles, and a new anti-cheat system. Of course, that last one might be fluff to add to the list of “additions” to oil up the hype train.

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New Anti-Cheat Systems

Activision recognizes that throwing around words like “anti-cheat” can help get the people talking. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a decent anti-cheat system since Warzone came out. Banning cheaters on a free-to-play game isn’t solving the problem. Many people argue that 2-factor authentication would help clear up some of the hackers and cheaters in the game.

It wouldn’t totally eradicate the issue, but it certainly would help to tone it down a bit. Of course, there will never be a hard fix because these people will always find a way to ruin the game for faithful fans of the franchise. Until we see some massive update that completely eliminates hackers, expect to see them if you’re good enough to be put in the lobbies with them.

Call of Duty Vanguard

Just another World War II game

There are still COD fans who are disappointed that there is yet another World War II-based game. Of course, there is nothing wrong with World War II on its own, but the hate for Sledgehammer’s last iteration of Call of Duty has people on edge. However, this time around seems like it’ll be a bit different. Vanguard will be focused on the World War II era with the battles coming from North Africa, Pacific Front, and other European areas where World War II happened.

Sledgehammer confirmed that they would be using the Infinity Ward engine to develop the most recent Modern Warfare game. We all know the sound design and graphics were well done (even if people complained about the feet volume). Others are interested in how these older guns and weapons from the World War II-era will fit into Warzone. Are they going to just plop them in the game’s code for weapon rotation, or will they have some clever lore where Warzone characters find time capsules that harken back to the olden days of war?

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Call of Duty Vanguard Story

On the topic of the setting, the teaser we received back in August showed us, four playable soldiers, in the campaign. Hopefully, this hints at some kind of co-op story mode, which is rare in Call of Duty, if even done at all. Regardless, one of the characters was wearing a badge that read “Task Force Vanguard.” However, it isn’t evident if that is the protagonist or the enemy. We have a safe guess, but Call of Duty writers can be tricky sometimes with the directions they’ve taken their campaigns so far.

Anyway, the battle at the Western Front has lain waste to the area in the early part of the teaser, and someone called Sergeant Kingsley, who we have recently made out to be a playable character, was left behind in the aftermath. The camera pans over to a sniper’s hideout in the Eastern Front with a rifle that has been engraved with the name Petrova. It is suspected that this person may be an elder to Nina Petrova, who you can recall seeing after winning a Warzone game.

On the topic of playable characters, there are currently four on Task Force One.

  • Lieutenant Polina Petrova of the 138th Rifle Division, Red Army (who might be the owner of that rifle in the cut scene from the trailer)
  • Private Lucas Riggs, 20th Battalion, Australian 9th Infantry Division
  • Lieutenant Wade Jackson, Scouting Squadron Six, United States Navy
  • Sergeant Arthur Kingsley of the 9th Parachute Battalion, British Army (who we saw sort of stranded in the wreckage of the battle)

It would be nice if we determined that the side they are on isn’t all good. Similar to how the story in Black Ops Cold War had multiple endings that will not be spoiled here, we may see endings like that where Task Force One has to choose whether they are “good” or not. We’ll have to wait until we can play the campaign to know for sure, though.

What’s next for Call of Duty Vanguard?

Honestly, it’s only a matter of time before the game launches, and in some places, you may already have access to it. Sorry for those who are still waiting for it to finish downloading, but to the rest of you, let us know what you think about it in the comments.

Are you going to play the campaign, or are you going straight to the main reason you bought the game (multiplayer and Warzone – whenever the integration gets completed)? Do you think it’ll be a solid contender for Battlefield 2042 when that drops in a couple of weeks? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Call of Duty Vanguard.