Long earlier than it’s anticipated to be publicly revealed, new leaks and experiences say that Call of Duty 2021 will head again to the battlegrounds of World War II, and be titled Call of Duty WWII: Vanguard. The experiences come from each Modern Warzone and Eurogamer, who’ve every independently verified this info with their particular person sources. Sledgehammer is essentially believed to be the studio behind this yr’s Call of Duty, following up on their very own Call of Duty: WWII from 2017.
Some of the experiences between Modern Warzone and Eurogamer differ, nonetheless. While Modern Warzone experiences that the Vanguard identify is a placeholder and can be modified earlier than it’s revealed, Eurogamer’s sources point out that Call of Duty WWII: Vanguard is the ultimate title.
Modern Warzone says that the sport takes place within the 1950s, in an alternate historical past the place World War II didn’t finish in 1945. Eurogamer, nonetheless, says they’re below the impression that “Vanguard has a traditional WW2 setting.” Modern Warzone notes that they could misunderstand this half of the report, however that at the least some scenes will happen within the 1950s. Eurogamer notes that they’ve a observe file of appropriately leaking Call of Duty titles for the previous 5 years, which lends so much of weight to these experiences.
Notably, Vanguard can be solely the second time within the final ten years that Call of Duty has returned to the World War II setting, the primary being Sledgehammer’s personal Call of Duty: WWII in 2017. It additionally comes into query how the title will combine with the free-to-play Warzone contemplating the relatively totally different settings and weaponry. There are already huge plans for Warzone to allegedly swap to an ’80s-inspired setting quickly to tie in with Black Ops Cold War, and we might see one thing comparable across the second anniversary of the free-to-play recreation subsequent yr. Activision positively plans to proceed the help and integrations for Warzone, contemplating the title has given them the biggest year for Call of Duty ever. Modern Warzone experiences that each Call of Duty recreation for the following 5 years at the least will tie into Warzone.
However, it additionally seems that Activision might not count on Call of Duty WWII: Vanguard to promote as a lot as Black Ops Cold War. In February, Activision chief monetary officer Dennis Durkin mentioned “In our outlook, we are conservatively assuming Call of Duty premium units are lower year-over-year.” Considering the Modern Warfare and Black Ops subseries have a tendency to be the flagship Call of Duty experiences, it’s comprehensible to assume that something outdoors of these subtitles wouldn’t promote fairly as effectively.
Recent years have upset the standard Call of Duty launch components. Warzone added a mid-year free-to-play launch that wove one other Call of Duty expertise into the yearly premium releases (as well as to introducing the free Seasonal content material and Battle Pass system). While Sledgehammer was initially slated to be making 2020’s Call of Duty, the three-year/three-developer cycle was modified by slotting Treyarch again in final yr for one more Black Ops title, simply two years after 2018’s Black Ops 4. Additional rumors counsel Infinity Ward will return for Call of Duty 2022 and is making Modern Warfare 2 to comply with 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot. Where Treyarch and Sledgehammer will fall following that’s anybody’s guess, although it’s protected to assume Activision will need to return to the usual three-year cycle they’ve had to enable ample time for every title’s improvement.