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Call of Duty has been a reliable annual franchise since its launch and this year is no different despite the impact of a global pandemic. As revealed today, Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5, 2021, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Developed by Sledgehammer, Call of Duty will return once more to World War 2. This time, Sledgehammer is aiming for a narrative-focused adventure centered on a fictional special-ops team comprising members from across all the Allied Nations.
Call of Duty: Vanguard – First Screenshots
In addition, there will of course be a new multiplayer mode also from Sledgehammer as well as a new Zombies mode from Treyarch and a new Warzone map from Raven Studios.
The time between the Call of Duty: Vanguard announcement and release is pretty short. Activision has seemingly begun announcing its Call of Duty games later in August it seems. Last year’s Black Ops Cold War was announced around August as well, but 2019’s Modern Warfare was revealed earlier in May.
There’s also the matter of the ongoing lawsuit over Gender Discrimination that Activision Blizzard is currently embroiled in. The lawsuit, which alleges systemic discrimination against women employees across the company, has overshadowed the company’s game announcements.
Even while revealing Call of Duty: Vanguard, Sledgehammer developers began their press presentation by acknowledging the lawsuit and affirming a stance against harassment of all kinds, though it would be weird if the developers said otherwise.
Nevertheless, you can read IGN’s full rundown of the new single-player and multiplayer modes here and check out our Call of Duty: Vanguard Rewind Theater for more hidden details.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.