‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’: the FPS returns to its origins and prepares us for action in World War II
After countless leaks, Activision presented yesterday ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard‘. The shooter par excellence and the main rival of ‘Battlefield 2042‘returns, after many years, to World War II in a delivery that promises more realism, destruction of scenarios and all the good things about the franchise, this time from the hand of Sledgehammer Games.
Next we will review everything Activision introduced yesterdayNot without first whet your appetite with the official trailer and say that the game will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC next November 5th. That said, let’s get to it.
Trailer for ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’
A story mode with four protagonists
‘Call of Duty’ has already experimented with ‘Black Ops: Cold War‘in campaign mode, allowing for the first time that we name our character and that we could configure it in our own way with different advantages. The new installment, however, abandons that path and bets on something more like the story mode of the last ‘Battlefield‘.
Thus, the game will allow us to control the sargento Arthur Kingsley of the 9th Parachute Battalion of the British Army, to the Lieutenant Polina Petrova of the 138th Rifle Division of the Red Army, to Captain Wade Jackson, United States Navy Exploration Squadron Six and the Second Lieutenant Lucas Riggs of the 20th Battalion of the Australian Military Forces. All of them are inspired by real characters.
The stories will end up intertwining somehow and they will lead us to different WWII scenarios. We will fight on the eastern and western fronts of Europe, in the Pacific and in North Africa. In any case, ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ does not seek to be a perfect reflection of what happened in this tragic event. Fun will continue to be a priority, although that does not mean that there will be a certain rigor when telling the facts.
Josh Bridge, director of ‘CoD: Vanguard’, explained that “we do want the certainty of being faithful with, for example, how a battle started or how it ended. But all the stories in between allow us to create very exciting stories for us. “
David Swenson, creative director of the campaign, said that “we have spent a lot of time researching and identifying individuals from history who could help inspire us to create our own.” An interesting case is Heinrich Freisinger, director of the Gestapo, who is inspired by Heinrich Müller and he will be our main antagonist during the campaign.
20 multiplayer maps and new modes
Although it is good that Activision continues to bet on the story mode, it is no secret that one of the keys to any ‘Call of Duty’ is in multiplayer. Activision hasn’t given too many details about the game. This is normal, since this information is always saved to reveal it later.
What do we know? We know that at launch there will be 20 maps available of which 16 have been created for the main game. To them we will have to add those that come out later. Activision promises diverse environments and a new Gunsmith system (weapon customization) and caliber, as well as a mode that we already know from ‘Modern Warfare’: Champion Hill (king of the hill).
The battle pass will make an appearance again and will allow to unlock content from both ‘Vanguard’ and ‘Warzone’
On the other hand, Activion ensures that users of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC (via Battle.net) they can team up and play together. It will also be possible to take our profile, progression and statistics with us, regardless of the platform.
Little information, really. Call of Duty quotes us for later to reveal more information about multiplayer. They also claim that there will be open beta, so in principle it should be possible for players to test it out for themselves.
Zombies from the hand of Treyarch
And if we talk about multiplayer, we cannot stop talking about zombies mode. Curiously, Sledgehammer Games has not been the studio in charge of its development, it was Treyarch, another of the studies participating in the ‘Call of Duty’ saga.
As explained by Aaron Halon, principal responsible for Sledgehammer Games, “in this mode zombies let’s tell a story of origins“which is going to provide” continuity to the universe while continuing to innovate in the playable core. “It refers, of course, that there will be a certain crossover with the story we met in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War’.
But again, there are few details about this mode. We do not know if there will be interesting news in the mode or what the company will propose to us in order to have us hooked, but what is clear is that the zombies will have a certain role. We will have to wait a little longer to find out.
A new map for ‘Warzone’
We ended up talking about what, without a doubt, has been one of the great hits of the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise in recent history: ‘Warzone‘, his battle royale. All the ‘Call of Duty’ released to date have served as an excuse to nurture this game with content and, how could it be otherwise, ‘Vanguard’ will also do it.
How? On the one hand, with a new main map that will arrive at the end of the year. The development of this is in the hands of Raven Software and, as a novelty, it will be in charge of bringing a new anti-cheat system to Warzone. Beyond that, Activision promises the following:
- All content obtained through the Battle Pass or purchased through a bundle in the store will be kept.
- We can play any of the four integrated games of ‘Call of Duty’ (‘Modern Warfare’, Black Ops – Cold War ‘,’ Vanguard ‘and’ Warzone ‘) and progress in the rank and in the battle pass.
- We can create ‘Warzone’ weapons with the content of all ‘Call of Duty’, including ‘Vanguard’.
Editions and prices
The game, as we indicated previously, will be released on November 5, just in time for Christmas. It will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC (via Battle.net) in different editions.
The standard version (€ 69.99 for old-gen, € 79.99 for next-gen) includes the base game, a weapon pack, and early access to the multiplayer beta. If we buy the standard version for old-gen we will not be able to update to the next-gen version, but it does play thanks to backward compatibility.
With the standard version of the game we will not be able to update to the next-gen version, but we can play thanks to backward compatibility
To be able to update you have to buy the Cross-Gen Bundle edition, which costs 79.99 euros and includes the game for old-gen and next-gen, plus the weapon pack, early access to the multiplayer beta and a five-hour experience booster.
The Ultimate edition (109.99 euros), meanwhile, includes everything from the Cross-Gen Bundle edition, in addition to the Banguard Battle Pass bundle, the Task Force One package and a five-hour weapon experience booster.
and pc, the game will be available for purchase through Battle.net. The standard edition costs 59.99 euros and the definitive edition, which includes the Ultimate edition on consoles, costs 99.99 euros.