You know what they say: you can’t keep a good leak down. In only a matter of days following a substantial leak, Activision and Sledgehammer Games said ‘screw it’ and announced Call of Duty: Vanguard, dropping a teaser trailer and revealing in in-game Warzone event for this week. Earlier today, said event was already leaked ahead of time on the PlayStation Store. Nope, no amount of sealant was going to stop the Vanguard tide once it started.
Activision has confirmed that the game will indeed take you back to World War II. The teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard sweeps through smoking battlefields and ruined buildings riddled with bullets. The camera shows these ruined landscapes, angling itself to show the images of soldier’s faces. It ends with the line: “See them rise,” followed by the splash image that was leaked late last week. Not much else is known about the game just yet. The teaser’s focus on the characters hints that Call of Duty: Vanguard will contain a character-driven story campaign.
Of course, there will be a multiplayer aspect — this is Call of Duty we’re talking about. The game will include an open beta with an early access period. However, according to leaks this morning, the beta will land on the PlayStation first. As reported by Modern Warzone, a PlayStation-only alpha will run from August 27 to August 29. Next, there will be a PlayStation open beta set for September 10-12. An open beta for all platforms, PC included, will run from September 16 to September 20. The leaks also suggest a release date for November 5, with the first season starting on November 23.
Worldwide premiere coming this week
Activision confirmed that there will be an in-game event for Call of Duty: Vanguard in Warzone this week. Starting August 19 at 10:30 AM PT, you can catch the worldwide reveal of the game as it happens live. If you join up between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM, you’ll get double experience points for you, your weapon, and the battle pass for a limited time.
Beyond leaks, Activision Blizzard has been dealing with many issues over the past month surrounding an ongoing lawsuit. Sledgehammer Games, at least, has been taking the leaks in stride. Not long after dataminers uncovered evidence on the game, the developer took to Twitter with some lighthearted humor.
— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) August 12, 2021
Other leaks suggest the game will have weapon skins and a zombies mode. Check out the teaser for Call of Duty: Vanguard above, and get prepped for its reveal event on Thursday in Call of Duty: Warzone.