The next Call of Duty game, titled Vanguard, will not be shown during E3 according to a report by VideoGamesChronicle. Instead, a reveal is expected later this summer.
The report details that Call of Duty: Vanguard will take the series back to World War 2 once more, and Activation is planning a series of WW2 events within free-to-play battle royale shooter Warzone to promote the new game.
According to VGC, COD: Vanguard – which is being developed by Sledgehammer Games – will include a campaign set in both the European and Pacific theatres of World War 2. Alongside the usual multiplayer, it’s also due to include a Zombies mode with the same setting.
Call of Duty could usually be expected to show up with a new trailer or two in the major showcases at E3, but with Warzone pulling in such huge player figures, it makes an ideal method for a gme reveal as well. Provided, of course, they can pull it off smoothly.
Activision attempted to tie Warzone updates to the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but a series of delays resulted in the planned overhaul to the map (which turned out to be quite minor) not releasing until months after the game had launched. Even when it did arrive, bugs and balance issues plagued the launch, causing major disruption among the playerbase.
This year, it seems, things are more on track. Rather than some minor adjustments and a blue light filter, Warzone is due to get an entirely new map for Vanguard’s reveal. It’ll take place in a Pacific setting, and promises an even larger scale than Verdansk. Vanguard will also be built on the same technology as Warzone, allowing for the two games to overlap in a far more straightforward manner.
Call of Duty is the only series changing tack this year. Battlefield’s next reveal is due today, with a near-future setting expected. Battlefield is currently slated for a Holiday release, while Call of Duty: Vanguard is marked for a November launch on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and PC. Check out the full report by VGC for more details.