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Amidst all of the excitement about the traditional features in Call of Duty: Vanguard ‘s multiplayer modes, there’s one feature that could be overlooked by some fans. Sledgehammer Games announced that the Clan system is returning to Call of Duty. The Clan system was present in some of the older titles, but has been missed in recent years.

The Clan system was last seen in Advanced Warfare, another Sledgehammer Games title, along with titles between Modern Warfare 3 and Ghosts. The gives players a method of competing with their friends in a group setting and compete against other clans. While these features are still present Vanguard, Sledgehammer has reworked the system this time around.

Clans in Vanguard multiplayer

The developers only spoke briefly on Clans during the multiplayer reveal and on the official Call of Duty blog. 

At its core, the Clan system will allow players to join a group with their friends or strangers, no matter what system they’re on. This means a PC player can join a clan that consists of PlayStation users and vice versa. The ststem also utilizes cross-gen technology, meaning PlayStation 4 and 5 users can join the same clan.

MW3 Clans
Some of the Clan rewards from Modern Warfare 3. | Provided by Activision

When players are in the same clan, they can earn experience for the group itself. The Clan system has its own version of XP on top of a player’s individual XP. Sledgehammer didn’t include too many details here, but previous games have had colored clan tags. We could see something similar with what the additional XP unlocks.

“Clans will feature bespoke progression, emblems and even Battle Pass-related rewards unlocked for your entire group,” Sledgehammer wrote in their blog.,” giving you and your squadmates something to aim for outside of victories during play sessions.”

Another feature that’s presumably going to be a part of clans is the classic Clan vs. Clan aspect. This is a way for clans to compete against one another to see who can win a single match or earn the most XP over a set amount of time.


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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