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The time for speculation and leaks has come to an end as Activision officially released the Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal trailer. It’s been a long time coming for the Sledgehammer Games developed title, with numerous leaks and rumors sprouting up over the last few months. However, according to pre-release information, and the reveal trailer, this could be one of the most polished experiences in years. When it releases, on Nov. 5, all will be revealed.

Along with the much-anticipated reveal trailer, Activision released a plethora of details about Vanguard. From campaign to multiplayer and zombies to Warzone, there is no mode left behind. Fans can expect even more news to surface over the next few weeks, with an open alpha and beta coming in that timeframe as well. However, for now, fans can watch the reveal trailer and read about all of the features coming to Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal trailer

The reveal trailer, to be blunt, looks spectacular. While it’s only a cinematic trailer, some of the footage is ripped from the campaign of Call of Duty: Vanguard. From the incredible visuals to the individual particle effects, to the ray-traced shadows and lighting, it seems like Vanguard could be the best-looking Call of Duty title to date.

Of course, some of that could have to do with the fact that Vanguard is built from the Modern Warfare 2019 engine. However, Sledgehammer Games has updated the engine to add their own spin on Vanguard. In the reveal trailer, Activision announces the release date for Vanguard: Friday, November 5, 2021.

Vanguard campaign, multiplayer and zombies details

In a Twitter thread with the trailer, Activision revealed even more details about the game. In the campaign, players fight across various battlefields, including North Africa, the Pacific and more. Players take on the role of four different multinational heroes, who are named below:

  • Sergeant Arthur Kingsley (UK)
  • Lieutenant Polina Petrova (RUS)
  • Captain Wade Jackson (USA)
  • Second Lieutenant Lucas Riggs (AUS)
Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign
The four campaign characters in Vanguard. | Provided by Activision

The campaign focuses on the creation of the Special Forces through these characters’ eyes. Call of Duty states players can “see how they turn the tides of battle across the globe.”

As for multiplayer, Activision confirmed a few previous leaks. For starters, there are 20 maps coming at launch on Nov. 5. This includes 16 core 6v6 maps and four Champion of the Hill maps. Champion of the Hill is a new mode described as a “mini-battle royale” experience. Players can play this tournament-style mode in 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 to battle it out and be the last team standing.

There are also new ways to play multiplayer. Vanguard will feature the standard mode that fans know and love and a Blitz mode that packs as many players onto a map as possible. Finally, there’s a Hardcore mode that features more tactical gameplay and has a lower player count. Fans can experience multiplayer, along with the rest of Vanguard, with “cross-everything.” This means cross-play, cross-progression and cross-gen play.

Call of Duty: Vanguard
Multiplayer is taking a huge step forward in 2021. | Provided by Activision

Finally, it’s confirmed that Treyarch is working on the zombies mode within Vanguard. This is huge news for the community, as Treyarch is known for their exceptional zombies experiences.

Upcomer will report additional Vanguard details throughout the day, including Warzone integration and the open alpha and beta.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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