It’s springtime, which suggests the world is changing into inexperienced, flowers are blooming (in the true world and Verdansk), and an entire wealth of Call of Duty leaks and rumors are coming down the pipe as we begin our method in the direction of the yearly premium launch. The newest Call of Duty 2021 rumors are reportedly calling the sport a “disaster” and a few unconfirmed leaks even purport that it is going to be changed altogether with the discharge of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered multiplayer.

Let’s be clear, these rumors must be taken with an unlimited grain of salt. I’m speaking “head over to the Salt Mines in Verdansk 84 and start stocking up” grain of salt as a result of it’s about to be a bumpy journey of miscontextualized and most definitely outright incorrect info. And with Activision confirming the advertising cycle for premium Call of Duty releases to now occur later within the yr, due to Warzone, it may very well be a number of months earlier than we get to bear the veracity of what assorted insiders and leakers are saying.

Call of Duty 2021 is Most Likely Call of Duty WWII Vanguard

Let’s get probably the most dependable leak out of the best way first. Most insiders have agreed on the truth that Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty WWII Vanguard. After being bumped from the 2020 slot within the three-year cycle (most definitely to place the Black Ops franchise as the primary “next-gen” Call of Duty recreation), it appears to be like like Sledgehammer will take over the 2021 spot. WWII Vanguard was first reported again in March and its title appears to be holding regular amongst varied insiders as discuss of this yr’s recreation happens.

Beyond the identify and the developer, that is the place issues to to get somewhat bit extra shaky. Noted Call of Duty insider and leaker Tom Henderson has posted quite a few references over the past month to WWII Vanguard mainly being a “disaster.” Or extra precisely, he mentioned a “fucking disaster.” He’s additionally compared it to a drawing of literal crap, and said that if there is any year for Activision to break its yearly premium release cycle, this may be the one to do it.

He’s additionally claimed that the last-gen consoles are holding back WWII Vanguard “so bad.” While it could be the case the going completely next-gen can be a giant win for the sport’s tech, nevertheless, the set up base—notably for premium Call of Duty titles—doesn’t assist abandoning the older consoles simply but. There had been three years of cross-gen releases on PS3/PS4 earlier than we received our first PS4-generation-only Call of Duty. Remember that insiders and leaks usually present a really restricted view and perspective on the data they disseminate, and plenty can change in a brief interval of time. So as soon as once more, up that sodium consumption till we hear extra official particulars, which most definitely received’t come for a number of months, a minimum of.

Will Call of Duty WWII Vanguard be Delayed, Cancelled, or Replaced?

Before we dive into this subsequent rumor, let’s be clear that Activision is insistent {that a} premium Call of Duty recreation will launch this yr, as certain a factor as dying and taxes. A brand new leak, nevertheless, is claiming that Call of Duty 2021 is both delayed or outright cancelled, changed as an alternative by Modern Warfare 2 Remastered multiplayer to fill the void.

However, this leak doesn’t seem to have the everyday vetting of different business insiders and leakers, and Charlie Intel says that that is unverified and “made up.”

Some insiders declare {that a} DMCA from Activision for the “leaked” info is show of its veracity, however others level out that it doesn’t imply it’s all 100% true.

The Call of Duty improvement, advertising, and launch cycle has been severely shaken up up to now few years, thanks partially to shuffling the established three yr/three dev cycle by slotting Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War in final yr and the discharge and massive success of the free-to-play Warzone element, which helps enhance the same old Q2/Q3 lull for the franchise. It’s additionally been modified by the brand new Battle Pass system, which supplies gamers added content material updates totally free all year long and retains the participant base extra linked than the earlier technique of separate map packs.

When Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Campaign dropped, it didn’t embrace a remastered model of the sport’s multiplayer to maintain strong multiplayer communities for the existing Call of Duty games; a “seamless multiplayer playground.” In reality, that was the justification behind shifting away from segmented map packs and right into a extra unified Battle Pass system the place new content material releases to all gamers free. (That’s additionally been an enormous success for the Call of Duty brand as a whole.) So it is smart to not need to do one thing which may fragment the participant base.

However, rumors have persisted that Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Multiplayer development is underway, with some saying it’s successfully a card that Activision can play at any time to present the franchise a shot within the arm, ought to it’s wanted. With the rumors that WWII Vanguard is “a disaster,” it seems that some are placing these two particulars collectively as one thing that’s extra wishful considering than credible insider info.

Call of Duty leaks and rumors are the inevitable end result of the rabid fanbase and big improvement cycles on strict timelines for one of the biggest gaming franchises on the planet. Most usually these snippets of info are offered out out of context, and even when they’re a minimum of partially right, they find yourself lacking the mark. Some can even end up ruining what would have otherwise been fun and engaging reveals or events.

What Do We Know Officially About Call of Duty 2021?

For now, the one official info we find out about Call of Duty 2021 is that it’s coming. Activision has confirmed a premium Call of Duty launch for this yr, in addition to hinting that the reveal and advertising cycle for it’ll happen later within the yr than regular (anticipated to imitate final yr’s Black Ops Cold War reveal that kicked off in August as an alternative of the same old April/May). While insiders appear fairly sure on the identify and dev behind the sport this yr, Activision nor Sledgehammer have provided any affirmation.

We additionally know from monetary calls that Activision’s gross sales projections for Call of Duty 2021 aren’t anticipated to fulfill the latest surge of success the franchise has seen, although that’s presumed to be as a result of Modern Warfare and Black Ops are the franchise’s tentpole sub-series, and what’s coming will most definitely fall outdoors of these two. Call of Duty has undoubtedly had its ups and downs by the years, and following up on the big success of Modern Warfare 2019, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone isn’t going to be a simple feat.

Regardless, keep in mind to take any leaks and rumors with a grain of salt. What you’re studying could also be lacking loads of key context, or could even be outright incorrect. Until we get official confirmations and divulges from Activision, nothing is official and all the pieces is topic to alter.

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