Call of Duty: Vanguard has been confirmed as the next mainline game in the series, after months of rumors and discussion about what’s going on with the franchise this year. For the seventh time, Vanguard returns to World War 2 with a campaign that lead developer Sledgehammer Games hopes will feel fresh to fans of the series.
Following the release of a cinematic teaser earlier this week, a full gameplay reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard has arrived. The game hopes to take the fight to Battlefield 2042 when it launches on November 5, 2021 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S.
Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Vanguard returns to the Second World War setting it last explored in 2017’s hit game Call of Duty: WW2, and will reportedly follow multiple points of view throughout its single-player campaign.
“The untold stories of multinational heroes that formed Task Force One, changing the face of history and setting the stage for special forces as we know it,” according to Sledgehammer Games. Check out Call of Duty: Vanguard’s action-packed trailer below.
Analysis: This Call of Duty keeps a close eye on the past
As you can see on the trailer, Call of Duty: Vanguard aims to be a gritty, historically accurate entry in the blockbuster first-person shooter franchise, covering most of the major fronts and regions of WWII, including North Africa, the Eastern Front, the Western Front, and the Pacific.
Sledgehammer, which hasn’t overseen development on a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty: WW2 in 2017, is mixing things up by setting the majority of the campaign after the war’s formal finish. The Nazis have lost, but the Allies hear of a worrying scheme (dubbed “Project Phoenix”) to help “Hitler’s successor” in some way.
What exactly does that imply? The fictitious Heinrich Freisinger (based on real-life Gestapo operative Heinrich Müller) is Vanguard’s principal antagonist.
What does that mean, exactly? The main adversary of Vanguard is the fictional Heinrich Freisinger (based on real-life Gestapo officer Heinrich Müller). So, at the very least, there’s a historical distortion going on here.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the fictitious characters in the single-player campaign are substantially inspired by real historical individuals from the war – Polina Petrova, a fictional Australian counterpart of New Zealand’s Charles Upham, is based on Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a famous female Soviet sniper.
Other characters include British paratrooper Arthur Kingsley (inspired by Sidney Cornell), Lucas Riggs, a fictional Australian counterpart of New Zealand’s Charles Upham, and American naval aviator Wade Jackson, who is based on Vernon Micheel.
However, it is not entirely historically accurate: each of the campaign’s four main characters will supposedly join forces for a fictional mission dubbed Operation Phoenix.
While some gamers have expressed their discontent with the latest Call of Duty game’s return to World War II, we must say that the game appears to be really well-polished, and we can’t wait to play it when it releases on November 5.