I am the prime example of being way too easily persuadable. I’ll admit it. When Activision’s low-key military video game battle rival – oh heck, let’s just get it out of the way – EA and its Battlefield 2042 – was announced, I felt a little sick to my stomach.
Not just because the idea of my Call of Duty: Cold War gaming likely being put on ice because I would be off Battlefield V and dedicating all of my stationary bike rides to 2042 instead of doing best out of 3 Team Death Matches on both titles – but mostly because I felt this could be the one title to really bury the Call of Duty franchise.
Let’s face it – Modern Warfare really put Call of Duty back in its proper place. A few suspect Battlefield games even had people on their headsets admitting they were back to the fun boots on the ground approaches they’d fallen in love with. Cold War only made things more fun with a wild 80’s twist. But when the 2042 trailer recently dropped – oh my goooooodness, ding-ding-ding – and the winner is…. EA?
Just hang tight a second – Activision knows it owns fall action-packed gaming and thus, this long-awaited Call of Duty reveal – Vanguard – set the stakes high and seemingly delivered with a breathtaking trailer:
Excited much? Yup. I was blown away and yes – I get very easily moved by loud noises, awesome graphics and what the COD franchise has put onto the market since 2019. But then digging a little deeper into what all this title is going to offer come November 5?
Call of Duty: Vanguard takes players into the origins of SpecialForces in the most connected Call of Duty experience across the franchise. Experience WWII through the eyes of a multinational group of soldiers, who form Task Force One in the campaign’s gripping narrative while also becoming the original Special Forces operators in the game’s adrenaline-fueled Multiplayer. Vanguard pushes the action forward in a franchise-first Zombies crossover. Fans everywhere can also look forward to a brand-new map coming later this year in Warzone, the free-to-play experience, which will be fully integrated with Vanguard. It’s time to rise on every front.
Are you big-big into multiplayer? Of course you are:
Unparalleled Multiplayer offering
•Massive day 1 Multiplayer offering with 20 multiplayermaps at launch, including 16 core multiplayer
•Experience signature Call of Duty combat and new ways to play with combat pacing and reactive gameplay environments.
•Tactical down the barrel gunplay, the return of Gunsmith, new custom ballistics,and reactive environments
•The fast and frenetic Champion Hill mode features a series of tournament style head-to-head matches, where players can play solo (1v1) or squad up induos (2v2)andtrios (3v3) to battle it out in an arena consisting of four maps to be the last squad standing
Could you use some zombies in your life? Of course you could:
•From the birthplace of Zombies, Treyarch helps deliver a franchise first Call of Duty Zombies crossover as Vanguard connects with the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies storyline delivering a new connection for Call of Duty players
•Players will be able to survive the relentless onslaught of the undead in a chilling all-new Zombies experience, developed by Treyarch Studios
•Provides continuity from a lore standpoint while innovating on the core game
There will be ample more details and sneak peeks coming – especially with the beta being granted to gamers hyped enough to pre-order the title. And of course Playstation gamers will have the first official chance to crack into the beta.
My hands are jittering as I type this out – hyped with excitement, huge expectations and even a little anxiousness to see how this World War II experience mounts up to this latest edition.
Activision is seeing the competition and turning on zombies mode. Your move, EA.