The Call of Duty franchise has been an annual product since 2005, with Activision releasing a new game every year since 2005’s Call of Duty 2. This will continue in 2021 with the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, as developers and players prepare for the Vanguard release on August 19. To raise the buzz, Activision is turning to the popular Call of Duty battle royale for more teasers ahead of the Vanguard reveal.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is the 18th game in the Call of Duty series and will be the fifth in the series set in World War II. Although little is known about the game, the announced locations include the Eastern Front, the Western Front, North Africa, and the Pacific theaters. Sledgehammer Games is developing the title, the third in the series in which he has been the lead developer after Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII.
In a post on the official Call of Duty blog, Activision has released the latest reveal of Vanguard as a link with Call of Duty: Warzone. The post asks Warzone players to prepare for another operation in Verdansk on August 19 to locate and “neutralize” a mysterious weapon that will appear in the area. The post includes a map of Verdansk in the style of WWII battle maps, including various miniatures to mark the location of vehicles and bases.
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This is the second time Activision has resorted to Warzone To build buzz about an upcoming Call of Duty game, the previous one was Black Ops: Cold War. Before the introduction of Cold War, an augmented reality game was launched in which Warzone players had to solve various codes in Verdansk. The first official teaser was released on August 19, 2020, after all the ciphers were resolved, and the full reveal of the game took place on August 26, 2020.
It would also come as no surprise if Activision and the various developers of the Call of Duty series turned to Warzone to create anticipation for future entries in the series. The popular battle royale provides the perfect space for Activision to show players teasers on what’s to come in the series, from the 80s-themed rooms to Cold War or a WWII sniper charging at the winning team in a post-game scene.
The question is to know how far Activision can go with teasers about future games within the chaotic Warzone. The series hasn’t been shy about getting to the quirky, from battles on the surface of Mars to interdimensional battles in Call of Duty’s Zombies mode. Verdansk could serve as a starting point for that madness and give players a proper first taste of what to expect from that year’s game.