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The recent reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard has confirmed that the upcoming title will integrate with the battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone in several ways. The free-to-play battle royale installment in the beloved first-person shooter franchise has connected to several past titles, such as Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, since its launch in 2020. However, it appears that Warzone‘s integration with Vanguard may be its strongest connection to date.
Prior to the official reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard, many rumors surrounded the title’s inevitable connection to Warzone. Leaks claimed that Warzone‘s biggest map yet would launch alongside Vanguard, tying into the new game’s World War II setting. Warzone‘s massive map of Verdansk has been present since the game’s launch, but the map’s layout and landmarks have frequently changed to tie into in-game events or the launch of other Call of Duty titles. Leaks claimed that Warzone‘s new WW2 map would be substantially larger than Verdansk, and that it would feature period-accurate vehicles for players to use. The map was also expected to launch the same day that Vanguard released, unlike Warzone‘s map tie-in to Black Ops Cold War. Further rumors have suggested that Warzone will receive a new anti-cheat system when Vanguard launches, which will hopefully prevent cheaters from plaguing either of the first-person shooter titles.
The reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard on the Call of Duty blog has confirmed rumors about the game’s integration with Warzone. Later this year Warzone will receive a massive new map which ties into Vanguard, and after that point the two titles will be intimately linked. Free post-launch content, including new maps, modes, and events, will be shared between the two games. A new PC anti-cheat system shared between both games, developed by Raven Software, has also been confirmed to arrive when the new Warzone map launches.
Rumors have circulated about Call of Duty: Vanguard for quite some time, but the game’s official reveal trailer finally sheds light on the ambitious new title. Vanguard will take place across every front of World War II, including North Africa and the Western Front, as players take the role of four early modern special forces soldiers. Launching with twenty multiplayer maps, each one featuring immersive and reactive environments, Vanguard hopes to redefine the series’ signature gameplay. The beloved Zombies mode will also return in a franchise crossover into Black Ops Cold War‘s undead narrative.
With an enormous new map and a powerful anti-cheat system, Vanguard seems to be integrating with Warzone more than any past Call of Duty title. While the upcoming game’s WW2 setting doesn’t seem to gel with Warzone‘s modern aesthetic, the developers seem dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition into a new crossover era. While little has been officially shown of the Vanguard and Warzone crossover, early information suggests the two games to be a perfect union.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Call of Duty: Vanguard will release on November 5, 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Call of Duty