Due to writer Sam Maggs’ participation in the project, we recently reported on a controversy regarding the upcoming remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a game in production by Asypr Media that will be co-published by Lucasfilm Games and Sony for PC and PlayStation 5.
Being constantly active on Twitter, the future KOTOR writer drew attention to some controversial lines, primarily those involving the fact that she didn’t like the original Star Wars trilogy or even less the original plot of BioWare’s KOTOR, citing Episodes VII, VIII, and IX (Star Wars released between 2015, 2017 and 2019) as superior.
The writer seemed unaffected, and she just stated that, in addition to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, she is the principal writer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard, developed by Sledgehammer Games and distributed by Activision.
According to what has been mentioned, Maggs’ involvement was primarily to produce the title’s screenplays and lines, and the writer was the creator of Polina Petrova, one of the game’s protagonists (who was even the center of the game’s official gameplay exhibited at Gamescom 2021).
In terms of the overall direction of the project, Call of Duty: Vanguard appears to be a bit chaotic. This is the second straight COD title to be released after a hurried development process, with Sledgehammer having less than two and a half years to build the title (remember that in the middle of that, the studio went through a complete overhaul).
As a result, Josh Bridge, an Activision Publishing director, took over the title’s direction. Bridge is well known as the creative director of Dead Rising 3 at Capcom Vancouver in 2013. He is the brilliant mind behind the WWII-themed project.
This is momentous news for Sledgehammer; COD Vanguard will be the studio’s first project not supervised by any of its original founders, Glen Schofield, Brett Robins, and Michael Condrey. We’ll have to wait and see how Josh Bridge’s direction and Sam Maggs’ storyline fare on the project.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5, 2021.