After months of rumors and speculation about what is going on with the Call of Duty franchise this year, Call of Duty: Vanguard has been officially confirmed as the series’ next main installment. Vanguard returns the series to the battlefields of the Second World War for the third time, with a campaign that the series’ developer, Sledgehammer Games, hopes to be a breath of fresh air in the series.
Sledgehammer, which has not directed the development of a Call of Duty game since 2017 with its Call of Duty: WWII, is agitating the situation by announcing that the majority of the campaign would be defined after the official end of the war. Although Hitler is dead, Nazi Germany has been defeated, the Allied forces have discovered a disturbing plot (called “Project Fenix”), which in layman’s terms is a scheme to try to track out the “successor of Hitler.”
What exactly does this means? I’m not 100% sure to be honest. The fictional Heinrich Freisinger (who is based on a real-life Gestapo agent named Heinrich Müller) is the main villain of the Vanguard series. On the technical front, Hitler had a legitimate successor in 1945. This individual, Karl Dönitz, surrendered immediately and was subsequently convicted of war crimes in the Nuremberg Courts of Justice.
As a result, it appears that at the very least a historical distortion is taking place here. Our fingers are crossed that the CoD goes even farther and expands its reach into historical fiction, or perhaps the realm of supernatural, in one of its campaigns.
Although it is not uncommon for Call of Duty campaigns to involve small special forces units operating in foreign countries, the Vanguard’s winning formula relies on being a novel concept at the end of World War II, with four especialists from four different countries: Arthur Kingsley (Great Britain), Polina Petrova (Soviet Union), and John C. Reilly (United States of America), all of whom are from different countries.
In the game, we take control of these four protagonists, although it’s safe to say that the Vanguard campaign will not be a very successful one. Because of the return of the Modern Warfare 2019 graphics engine, the action moments and animations appear to be much more spectacular than they were previously.
In reality, until we learn more about Vanguard, the vast majority of Call of Duty fans will have no idea how they will be feeling. However, while we are aware that the Gunsmith is returning and have tasted the delights of map destructibility, Sledgehammer Games is holding off on a full reveal of the Multiplayer mode until a later date.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will be available on the market on November 5, 2021, for the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and the PC (through Steam) (via Battlenet).