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Tom Henderson – A Disaster in the Making? [CoD 2021 rumors]

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“As originally leaked by Modern Warzone, it has now been confirmed by multiple reliable sources that this year’s Call of Duty will in fact be called “Call of Duty: WW2 Vanguard”.

Original claims by Modern Warzone suggested that WW2 Vanguard would take place during a WW2 that didn’t necessarily end, and would primarily take place during the 1950’s. This gave many fans, including myself, optimism that this year’s Call of Duty title had the potential to explore developmental weapons and vehicles of the era, bringing a new twist to Call of Duty. However, via sources, both public and private, these original claims are not entirely accurate.

Sledgehammer Games started work on Vanguard around August 2019, giving them approximately just over 2 years development time with Vanguard, some of which has been spent working from home. Unfortunately, this poses the same questions we had prior to the release Black Ops Cold War… Will it be ready? Will it have a lot of content? Will it be integrated into Warzone? We all know the answers there.

Since the original leaks, it has also been claimed by multiple outlets that Vanguard’s Warzone integration is up in the air and that a Warzone map might not be coming for the title. Whilst these rumors completely contradict Activision’s own comments regarding Warzone and future game integrations, it does appear that these rumors appear to be true.

Disclaimer: Before we jump into Vanguard and the Warzone integration, it is too early to give concrete information on what’s happening with Vanguard and Warzone. So, it’s worth noting that nothing has yet been finalized and I’m writing what I currently know with this situation.

First of all, I can confirm that we are 100% not getting a World War 2 Warzone map in 2021. In fact, we’re likely to see some kind of WW2 Warzone map around April 2022 (1 year from now). Since the botched map release of Black Ops Cold War’s Warzone map (which was meant to release months ago), it’s my understanding that Warzone will now face a big mid-year update.
Although official development of such a map hasn’t started, rumblings suggest that the map will not actually be a full-fledged Warzone map, but instead be similar to Rebirth Island, with 40-60 players and developed by a different studio in collaboration with Sledgehammer Games.

Activision is aware that Vanguard will likely not sell as well as Black Ops Cold War and given the competition the franchise will face this year, it’s not hard to see why. Instead, Activision are contemplating taking a different approach to the integration this year, to further incentivize in-game purchases and more importantly full game purchases.

The integration of the weapons of Vanguard appears like they could be different this year, with them instead being introduced periodically throughout the lifecycle of Vanguard. It is my understanding that the reason for this change is to incentivize people purchasing blueprints, or even the full game, to complete weapon challenges faster to use them in Warzone. Essentially day 1 weapons in Vanguard could come to Warzone, but as DLC, which will require players to unlock them via in-game challenges. This does make a lot of sense… Why get 3 kills with a Vanguard shotgun in 15 different games on Warzone when you can just buy the blueprint or purchase the full game to knock out challenges faster in Vanguard multiplayer? Yes, that’s right, original Vanguard weapons could come to Warzone as DLC, but can be unlocked within Vanguard multiplayer.

The Warzone and Vanguard integration could have been simple, but due to the delays of BOCW’s integration and slight hiccups in development, Activision and its developers are trying to think of compromises.

Although Call of Duty continues to dominate the shooter space, in my opinion, I think that Call of Duty is going to face a rough year and I’m finding it hard to see how a standard WW2 shooter can do well against years fierce competition.

Tom “

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Comments to Tom Henderson – A Disaster in the Making? [CoD 2021 rumors]

  • New COD is in dev hell -> new COD releases with many bugs -> People buys it anyway -> new COD sells XX millions units -> Activision earns X billions and claims huge success -> Bobby receives 40million bonus

    This is the real cycle that will never be broken haha

    TylerDurdenBigD April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • So COD is stopping numbered titles seems like which is fine but they should just call it vanguard

    Stalker2400 April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • They should make free to play live service cod and update it continuously

    brain-drain April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • If this is a “disaster”, it could really open up for Halo Infinite and Battlefield 6 to steal the show.

    Although I doubt anything will outsell CoD regardless of the quality of the game.

    TheJuicyDanglers April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • So Activision is aware that their game will be outclassed by the competition this year, and instead of taking one year break to work on a proper CoD game for next year, they rush a horrible mess of a CoD game just to promote Warzone?

    schneper April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • It looks like every COD that isn’t MW is going to get the “weapon integration” treatment. It’s gross but it’s smart. Release a new five-hour campaign with a few maps and modes, have streamers grind camos for Warzone, and if it’s a bust then at least there’s Warzone, right?

    jshplz April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Time for another bad game to sell 100 Million Copies

    Exrotic April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Can it really be worse than infinite warfare going up against BF1, titanfall 2, doom and overwatch back in 2016?

    rizk0777 April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • If they’ll really lean on in-game purchases instead of game’s sales that means both they don’t trust their campaign’s quality and long,and also they really rely on Warzone.I think it’s enough for worried for both current and future titles for CoD. I know they’re not at their bests for years but considering this year’s Battlefield rumours,both CoD and fans would suffer more than other years even despite Warzone.

    Duck-Head April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • I feel like call of duty only does this well because of the lack of competition anyway

    Anton25k April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Thank you for going into detail about everything , also yeah uh cod game in ww2 when there are so many better ww2 shooters out there it’ll be difficult to sell this , since those games are generally more well made , with development of those likely being longer than this cod game.

    WT_FG April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • God I hope they just add regular cod to warzone if this bombs. Like, who’s dumb idea was it to make a cod game without a zombies or deathmatch. BR is too slow and plunder is just people constantly camping.

    gagfam April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • They should have stuck with Modern Warfare for at least another year.

    Pooker100 April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Eh. I’m not putting anything into CoD rumors after Cold War’s flop.

    zephyranthesGP01 April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Whew, this sounds awful.

    DeeForestBosa April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • It’ll be a choice between cod or battlefield for me this year since I really don’t want to buy two similar shooters. Every piece of news I hear makes this one seem like the much worse option

    Silvedoge April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • So I haven’t played since this time last year, but has Warzone not got any new maps other than the Rebirth Island one?

    Leafs17 April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • It’s typical COD, even if the game not ready they will release it to compete against BTFL.
    Off topic.but i woner if we are going to see a newsletter from tom about GTA6

    MardokhGamer April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • I wonder if there’s even going to be a third mode

    The-Art-Of-XVIII April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • As long as it’s better than BOCW which won’t be hard to do then I’m happy

    alejuego April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • They had a good thing going with modern warfare + warzone, they should have just updated that instead of doing all this integrating stuff with other games.

    joe1up April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Blueprints ABSOLUTELY MUST BE OVERHAULED if this ends up happening. It’s just not enjoyable to spend $20 or more and be stuck with shit attachments because if you change even just ONE attachment, then the whole design gets messed up.

    COD is fucking depressing these days.

    Richiieee April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • Upvote for using the word trepidatious

    ReflexReact April 7, 2021 10:19 am
  • I honestly can’t take this horrible COD games anymore. Someone should intervene and never let anyone touch this dead, rotten franchise.

    joselucas1995 April 7, 2021 10:19 am