Call of Duty Vanguard Details Reportedly Leak, No E3 Announcement
Like last year around the same time, little is known officially about the next Call of Duty mainline game. Though games before Black Ops Cold War’s reveal were usually unveiled sometime in May, it took a long time to see it announced. The same may be true for the next game if the recent Call of Duty Vanguard leak is to be believed.
Call of Duty Vanguard Leak Reportedly Revealed
As other leaks have mentioned recently, this new Call of Duty Vanguard leak from VGC has reportedly announced several details about the new mainline game, including its official name. It seems that the name of the next entry after Black Ops Cold War will be titled Vanguard.
It is uncertain if this means that Vanguard will be the full name for the game or simply a subtitle attached to WWII, as other leaks in the past hinted at. Furthermore, we will not get any official news about the game anytime soon, as it seems that Activision will be skipping E3, for the most part, besides the Cold War Season 4 reveal.
According to the Call of Duty Vanguard leak, the game will be skipping the E3 week that begins tomorrow, Thursday, June 11, with the Summer Game Fest opening (that is technically separate from E3) and will go for about a week or so with jam-packed announcements, conferences, and presentations.
Though Battlefield 2042 has already had its reveal this week, it seems that its main competitor will hold off on revealing the next Call of Duty game for the foreseeable future. Instead, the reported Vanguard game will reveal later this summer, similar to what Cold War did last year.
Vanguard Will Release on Last-Gen and Current-Gen Consoles
As you might remember, Black Ops Cold War went a long time with leaks and rumors before being finally formally unveiled in 2020, only a couple of months before its actual release. Treyarch and Raven Software used Call of Duty Warzone to tease and eventually announce the game.
It seems that this leak suggests that a similar approach will happen this year if the Call of Duty Vanguard leak is to be believed. According to VGC’s sources, it is Vanguard. Sledgehammer Games will develop it, which lines up with what we have heard already.
It is still on track to release this year, specifically in November, as common for many mainline Call of Duty releases. It will not be a current-generation console exclusive as it will release on the new consoles of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, plus the last-gen ones.
Of course, it will also come out on PC as always. We expect that to be done through the Battle.Net service, as has been done for past PC versions of Call of Duty. The Call of Duty Vanguard leak includes details about the game modes that players can expect from it.
Vanguard Will Have a Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies
Vanguard will reportedly have a full suite of modes to enjoy, including the singleplayer campaign, a multiplayer option, and even a Zombies game mode (more Nazi Zombies, anyone?). These sound like what we anticipated from a game that is a follow-up to 2017’s WWII, which contained all three.
All three of the game modes will feature the European and Pacific theatres of World War II, with a storyline focusing on the birth of the Allied Special Forces, hence the Vanguard title. In this way, it seems like it will focus on a different sector of the war than Sledgehammer’s previous entry.
Furthermore, there are some huge plans reportedly in place for its connection to Call of Duty Warzone. As Activision has made clear in the past, Warzone is the battle royale game for the franchise moving forward, and each new yearly iteration in the series will connect with it.
This will continue with the rumored Call of Duty Vanguard, but it will be supposedly in a much more even and better place than what happened with Black Ops Cold War’s connection to Warzone in 2020 and this year. Cold War had issues connecting to Warzone, likely due to the game’s rushed development following the rumored fallout between Sledgehammer and Raven Software.
Vanguard Will Connect to Warzone Immediately
Sledgehammer should have released a game last year if the usual schedule for annual Call of Duty games continued, but Treyarch had to step in and finish off its game in time. This led to messy connections with Warzone, including the release of Black Ops guns that broke the balance of the battle royale title.
This even led to the fact that we were rumored to get a Warzone battle royale map for a long time that would connect to Cold War, but it did not happen until this year in time for the first anniversary of the Warzone. And, interestingly enough, it was just a 1980s rendition of the original Verdansk map.
That said, it seems that this copy-pasted version of Verdansk is not the actual plan for Warzone moving forward. We will see it fully come to fruition with Vanguard’s release. It seems that Raven has had time to develop a full connection with that title, with it helping that the game shares the same engine as Warzone and Modern Warfare; that was not the case for Cold War.
When Vanguard comes out, the current plan is to release this Warzone content that will switch the game from the 1980s to a World War II setting as expected. This will likely come with some new weapons from that game, but given the nature of the WWII-era weaponry, we would not be surprised — this is not mentioned in the leaks — if Warzone does away with the Cold War and Modern Warfare guns, or leaves them for the Verdansk map only.
This switch to going even further back in time will include the release of a brand new map in Warzone rather than the release of a World War II-era Verdansk map. This new map will supposedly be set in the Pacific theatre of World War II and will be the largest map to date, even bigger than the already huge Verdansk.
There will be new vehicles in the game. We imagine that there will be an emphasis on huge ships to accompany the more ocean and potentially islands-based setting. We would not be surprised if the quick turnaround for Warzone and Vanguard’s connection could be because every Activision-owned (not including the Blizzard side) studio is currently working on the Call of Duty franchise in some capacity.