The Day – ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ returns to WWII
“Call of Duty Vanguard,” the next main entry in the hugely popular Call of Duty franchise, will feature an all-new team-based multiplayer mode, a campaign that will feature major battles in all four of WWII’s main theaters, and environments that will react and change in response to bullets and explosions. Scheduled for Nov. 5, it is also the first major title launch for video game publisher Activision Blizzard since the state of California filed a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against the company on July 20.
Sledgehammer Games, the Activision-owned game development studio that created “Vanguard,” was not named in the lawsuit. However, Sledgehammer studio director Aaron Halon approached the lawsuit at the start of a recent media snapshot of the game, calling the news of its allegations “devastating.”
From there, the “Vanguard” briefing reverted to a more usual script, as the developers outlined the details of the latest game and what features they believe will appeal to gamers.
The highlights of the preview revolved more around certain details of the game than its unsurprisingly World War II-inspired plot. (The good guys fight the Nazis.) The highlight of the preview came when the developers showed gameplay footage of how “Vanguard” items and card pieces would react to the start of filming. In one scene, gunshots from behind a bookcase knocked volumes off the shelves and shredded their pages, creating a new, clear line of sight and leaving the books strewn across the floor, riddled with bullet holes.
With windows shattering in a hail of bullets and explosions punching holes through walls, “Vanguard” will introduce a dynamic war simulation that fans have only really found in EA’s “Battlefield” series. , where walls or buildings collapse under fire from tanks or rocket-propelled grenades. . The game will feature a newer version of the game engine first introduced with “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” of 2019. Players will once again be able to mount their weapons on objects – for example, a table or a box – and now will also be able to drag them along flat surfaces, while maintaining coverage.
Another new feature of “Vanguard” will be a multiplayer mode called Champion Hill, pitting eight teams against each other in a round robin style tournament. The mode can be played with solos, duets and trios, and will take place in a “four-card arena”. The developers, who promised additional details on the mode, described it as a mix between battle royale and the 2v2 Gunfight mode introduced with “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” of 2019. Gunfight will also be included as a mode. for “Vanguard,” as will the franchise’s popular Zombies mode, which will be run by Treyarch and build on the lore found in last year’s game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War”.
Players will be able to customize their loadouts using the in-game Gunsmith feature, which will introduce “custom ballistics” for weapons.
Sledgehammer presented a total of 20 playable cards (including four 2v2 cards) at game launch.