This year’s Call of Duty dates back to World War II, according to recent reports partially confirmed by Eurogamer.
Modern Warzone reported that this year’s new Call of Duty is under development at Sledgehammer Games, the producer of 2017’s well-received Call of Duty: WW2, and will be released in late 2021. Eurogamer sources have suggested that this is indeed true.
Modern Warzone also reports that this game has the code name Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard, and reports that the name will be changed in the future. While this may indeed be the case, Eurogamer Activision̵
Modern Warzone also reports “the whole game takes place in an alternate timeline where 1945 was not the end of World War II”, and is set in the 1950s. Eurogamer understands that this detail is not entirely correct, and Vanguard has a traditional WW2 setting.
Call of Duty games tend to leak before they are officially announced, and Eurogamer has been verifying Call of Duty leaks for the past five years. The headline this time, however, is Call of Duty’s return to World War 2. Vanguard will only be the second World War 2 Call of Duty released in the last decade, and comes after a modern warfare set today, and a Black Ops Cold War games set in the 1980s.
An open question is whether Vanguard is set for integration with Warzone. Black Ops Cold War was announced in the Warzone, and its integration into the Royal Royale, while suffering significant problems, clearly increased sales of Treyarch’s shooter.
With Warzone set for a catastrophic zombie-driven nuke event in the near future, one that will reportedly usher in a significant 80s map change for Verdansk, the question is this: is Warzone set for a WW2 theme change in the future as well?
Activision has not yet commented on the latest reports, but has confirmed plans to release a new Call of Duty game in the fourth quarter of 2021.
In February, Activision’s CFO Dennis Durkin said: “We will benefit from a full year of Warzone driving upgrades to our premium content and incremental player engagement, and we have a significant opportunity to continue migrating the community to Black Ops The Cold War, as well as a another strong premium release scheduled for Q4 2021. “
It sounds like Activision does not expect Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard to sell as many copies and Black Ops Cold War. “In our outlook, we conservatively assume that the Call of Duty premium units are lower than the year before,” Durkin continued.
Sledgehammer and current Warzone guard Raven Software worked together on Call of Duty in 2020 before Treyarch was summoned to lead the development of what became Black Ops Cold War just two years after releasing Black Ops 4. This broke the traditional three-year development cycle. Activision had established with Infinity Ward, Treyarch and Sledgehammer. The explosive popularity of Warzone has, of course, changed Activision’s way of thinking, with it now leading the Call of Duty tax on PCs and consoles.