Call Of Duty: Vanguard
Call Of Duty: Vanguard ventures into historical fiction
The Call Of Duty series’ baton-passing continues, with Sledgehammer taking point once again for a followup to 2017’s Call Of Duty: WWII. Eschewing that entry’s more linear narrative, Vanguard returns to the classic front-hopping style. Between the US Navy’s Lieutenant Wade Jackson, the Red Army’s Lieutenant Polina Petrova, and the British Army’s Sergeant Arthur Kingsley and Private Lucas Riggs, you’ll be fighting across both the Western and Eastern Fronts, as well as the Pacific and Africa.
The story teases high-stakes, edge-of-the-seat missions, with each character acting like proto-special forces operatives. They won’t just participate in battles we know from history, they will also have to stop Project Phoenix, a post-WW2 Nazi operation to pass the mantle from Hitler to a successor, an almost Black-Ops-style slice of historical fiction that sounds tantalising.
It’s great to see a meaty, fresh-feeling WW2 campaign is still a priority, even as live games continue to be a moneymaker – though there’s plenty of support for that here too. Its own multiplayer features 20 maps at launch and a Gunfight mode evolution in Champion Hill; Treyarch is heading up a new Zombies mode; and Warzone will see a new map added, to tie in to Vanguard.