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Rumor: CoD 2021 will be called ‘Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard’

Call of Duty 2021 is officially on the horizon, and here’s all we know about the upcoming game’s release date, 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.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release image

Release date

Call of Duty is traditionally released in November. However, Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 were both 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 Call of Duty releases.

  • 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 could 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.

Sledgehammer Games logo, Call of Duty


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, Sledgehammer Games did not have the lead for the latest planned 2020 release, which instead became Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.

Because of this, we can assume that Sledgehammer Games will be the leaders for the 2021 Call of Duty title. This is also supported by a Tweet Sledgehammer that was posted on the new year for 2021, which says “Turn off. Power On,” perhaps a cryptic tweet that says 2021 is their year for a game release.

Leaks, games, game covers

So far, there is not much good information so far. The latest rumor, which emerged on February 17, 2021, is that the 2021 game will be set during World War II.

We should get more teasers for the game in the coming months. Leaks will, as always, be difficult to detect, with many community members posting fake leaks for each new COD game.

We will update this post with new information when it becomes available.

Image credit: Activision

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