Call of Duty 2021 is officially on the horizon, and here’s all we know about the release date of the upcoming game, who’s developing it, leaks and more.
As always, a new year means a new Call of Duty game. The upcoming Call of Duty 2021 release is as mysterious as it is exciting, and we are sure to get another year of Warzone updates combined with a whole new (or return) setting for the franchise.
With the resounding success of Modern Warfare, Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, the 2021 edition of Call of Duty will surely be a huge release. Let’s break down everything we currently know.
Release date for CoD 2021
Call of Duty is traditionally released in November. However, Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 were released in October. Ideally, Call of Duty targets the first Friday in November, as we saw for the releases of CoD WW2 and Infinite Warfare.
The Friday tradition started with Black Ops 3, where games before saw releases on the first Tuesday in November. Below you can read some of the recent releases of Call of Duty.
- Advanced warfare: November 4, 2014
- Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
- Infinite warfare: November 4, 2016
- second World War: November 3, 2017
- Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
- Modern warfare: October 25, 2019
- Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020
Activision has officially confirmed during their investor meeting on February 4 that there will be a new Call of Duty game this year, and the 2021 title will run in parallel with Warzone.
We can expect CoD 2021 to be released again on the first Friday in November. Black Ops Cold War was released on the second Friday in November, which may very well be due to the less than normal development time Treyarch had for the title.
Overall, we definitely expect the new game to drop either on the first or second Friday in November 2021.
CoD 2021 title
There’s a new rumor from ModernWarzone that the working title for Call of Duty in 2021 is’WWII Vanguard. ‘This title gives credibility to the potential of this as a World War II game, as Vanguard is the foremost part of an advancing army or naval force.
While ModernWarzone believes that this title may change in the future, Eurogamer understands “Activision’s current plan is to stick to the Vanguard subtitle for the final version.”
There has been no official word from Activision yet, and the plans may well change in the future.
CoD 2021 setting and time period
Rumor has it that the 2021 game will be set during World War II, and Eurogamer reported that this will be true.
ModernWarzone claimed that CoD: WWII Vanguard would be an alternative history version of WWII set in the 1950s. However, Eurogamer’s sources disputed this information, saying it would be a “traditional WW2 setting.”
We should get more teasers for the game in the coming months. Leaks, as always, will be difficult to detect, with many community members posting fake leaks for each new CoD game.
The current main development studios for Call of Duty are Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch. Normally, these studios operate on 3-year development cycles. However, the Sledgehammer Games did not have the lead track for their latest planned 2020 release, which instead became Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.
Because of this, the Sledgehammer Games are the most likely candidates to develop the 2021 Call of Duty title. Eurogamer also believes SHG will develop Vanguard from World War II, reporting that their “sources have suggested that this is indeed true.”
We will update this post with new information when it becomes available.
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