What you need to know
- The next entry in the Call of Duty series is returning to World War 2, according to a rumor verified by Eurogamer.
- The new entry in the popular series will be developed by Sledgehammer Games, developers of 2017's Call of Duty: WW2.
- The game is expected to release in late 2021.
- The subtitle is rumored to be Vanguard and may take place in an alternate timeline where WW2 continued beyond 1945.
According to Call of Duty fan site Modern Warzone, this year's new Call of Duty is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the same developers who worked on 2017's Call of Duty: WWII. Modern Warzone also reports that the game is tentatively titled Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard.
Modern Warzone also suggests that the game takes place in the 1950s, where 1945 wasn't the end of World War 2. However, Eurogamer claims that Vanguard will have a traditional WW2 setting. If this is true, then Vanguard will be the second World War 2 Call of Duty released in the last decade.
While this is still a rumor, Eurogamer actually has a pretty great record verifying Call of Duty leaks. In fact, they've verified every Call of Duty leak for the last five years. That's a pretty impressive track record, considering Call of Duty games tend to leak before they're official. Still, it's best to wait until Activision confirms before getting too excited.
What remains to be seen is whether Vanguard will integrate with Call of Duty: Warzone, the Call of Duty battle royale game. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, one of the best PS5 games out right now, was announced within Warzone, and while its integration into the battle royale wasn't exactly the smoothest, it was a popular move.