Call of Duty: Vanguard Focuses on Groundbreaking Launch with Tactical Gameplay | Games

Set in the Second World War period, Call of Duty: Vanguard is the new chapter in Activision’s first-person shooter franchise. Developed by Sledgehammer, the game inaugurates a new style of tactical and strategy gameplay for the multiplayer mode and features an international singleplayer campaign starring four Special Forces agents.


Call of Duty: Vanguard arrives November 5 for PCs and consoles (Image: Press Release/Activision)

Scheduled for release date of November 5, 2021, CoD: Vanguard arrives in Brazil only in digital version for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Battle.net). With the debut of the new game, there will also be updates for CoD: Warzone, including an all-new map and a revamped anti-cheat system to deal with cheaters, as well as content for Zombie mode.

prices of CoD: Vanguard they start at R$229.90 in the most basic version for PC and can reach up to R$429 in the deluxe editions for consoles. It’s worth mentioning that, to purchase the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, you need to buy “Cross-gen” or “Ultimate” editions. In Brazil, the amounts charged will be as follows:

  • Standard Edition (PC): BRL 229.90;
  • Ultimate Edition (PC): BRL 299.90;
  • Standard Edition (PS4 and Xbox One): BRL 279;
  • Cross-gen Edition (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S): BRL 319;
  • Ultimate Edition (Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One): BRL 419;
  • Ultimate Edition (PS5 and PS4): BRL 429.

Campaign will be narrated from different points of view


Sgt. Arthur Kingsley is the leader of CoD Special Forces: Vanguard (Image: Disclosure/Activision)

the great promise of Call of Duty: Vanguard is to offer players an immersive experience of the world at war. According to the campaign’s creative director, David Swenson, the idea of ​​this new title is to present the different international points of view of the protagonists.

In the singleplayer campaign, players will learn about the origins of the Special Forces — a team made up of four expert agents with unique abilities. Before uniting, they each participated in a different conflict during World War II in different regions: Western Front, Eastern Front, Pacific Ocean and North Africa.

Swenson explained that one of the biggest concerns during the development of CoD: Vanguard it was to represent the battles of World War II faithfully, but without being tied to events on the front lines. Even fictional, the protagonists are inspired by real soldiers who experienced these conflicts in person.

Campaign protagonists are based on real people

Arthur Kingsley is a sergeant in the British Army of the Ninth Paratrooper Battalion. Inspired by English soldier Sidney Cornell, Arthur begins his story before D-Day in France during an infiltration mission in which he is separated from his teammates during an aerial combat. Instead of giving up, the sergeant follows the objective until he finds his team and assumes the role of leader in taking the artillery from the enemies.

Lieutenant Polina Petrova is part of the 138th Rifle Division of the Soviet Union’s Red Army. Based on Lyudmila Pavlichenko — the sniper who killed the most German soldiers in World War II — Polina shares the same bloodthirsty record. Due to the ability to eliminate Nazis, the agent was drafted into Arthur’s team.


Lieutenant Polina Petrova, from CoD: Vanguard, is inspired by sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko (Image: Press Release/Activision)

Another member of the team is Captain Wade Jackson of the US Army. Pilot of the US Navy’s Scouting Squadron Six, Wade was created based on Vernon “Mike” Micheel, who participated in the Battle of Midway against Japan in the Pacific Ocean. In the plot, the soldier stops being a lone pilot and learns to work as a team.

Finally, Second Lieutenant Lucas Riggs, of the 20th Battalion of the New Zealand Army, completes the Special Forces team in the campaign of CoD: Vanguard. The agent was inspired by Charles Upham, who was in several clashes with battle tanks in the North African deserts.

Together, the four members of the Special Forces are tasked with entering the Nazi army-controlled city of Berlin to investigate and stop the execution of Project Phoenix: war plan developed by Heinrich Freisinger — a character based on Heinrich Müller, head of the Gestapo, the Hitler’s secret police.

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International plot must renew the breath of campaigns

It’s been a while since the last time a game in the series Call of Duty set in World War II brought a story told from different points of view. We had something similar in CoD: World at Warin 2008, which showed the individual perspectives of a US soldier and a Soviet soldier in two separate campaigns.

In CoD: Vanguard, on the other hand, the protagonists’ stories will be intertwined, as the four will unite in the same group. Thus, each of them will have their own experience with the war, influencing their roles in the Special Forces. This narrative style is very welcome and should breathe new life into the franchise’s campaigns, which are often left out by players interested only in multiplayer.

It is worth mentioning that Sledgehammer is also responsible for Call of Duty: WWII, which brings one of the most praised plots of the entire franchise, with moving moments, well-developed characters and iconic battles. So you can expect a high quality campaign in CoD: Vanguard.


Tactical gameplay from CoD: Vanguard will value more strategic moves (Image: Disclosure/Activision)

Once you learn about the origins of Special Forces in the singleplayer campaign, it will be possible to continue playing with these same soldiers in multiplayer from Call of Duty: Vanguard. According to multiplayer creative director Greg Reisdorf, the idea is to make players feel as powerful in matches as these operators are in war.

Upon launch, the game will have 20 maps that will cover all four fronts of war featured in the campaign. There will be 16 arenas for 6v6 matches and four locations for other game modes, such as Champion Hill — a series of tournament-style confrontations in which you can play alone, in pairs or in a squad of three people.

The main new feature of the multiplayer of CoD: Vanguard, however, is the debut of tactical gameplay in the franchise, with mechanics similar to those seen in games like Rainbow Six Siege. Instead of just worrying about aiming and shooting, players will need to think of strategies and move cautiously across maps to win.

Games with tactical gameplay also tend to have more realistic gunplay. This means that each shot will be much more valuable than in other titles in the franchise, characters will move slower, accuracy will be harder to control and bullets will fall away due to gravity.


CoD Tactical Gameplay: Vanguard Should Value Teamwork (Image: Press Release/Activision)

Tactical Gameplay May Not Please Individual Players

Call of Duty had been repeating the same dated formula in multiplayer for years. With tactical gameplay, the matches of CoD: Vanguard should be more varied and have different ways to play, running away from that cake recipe to start the confrontation, take a weapon and run after kills without even thinking of a strategy.

This novelty, however, should not please the more individual players, since tactical shooters tend to value teamwork. To get around this “problem”, there will be the Champion Hill option, which can be an excellent game mode option for lone wolves.

Warzone will have map and anti-cheat; Zombies will be updated

With the arrival of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the Battle Royale CoD: Warzone will also receive news based on the new title. As of November 5th, the game will begin to let go of its Cold War connections. CoD: Black Ops Cold War to get in the mood of WWII.

Among the news for CoD: Warzone are an unprecedented map that arrives this year, integration of technologies used in CoD: Vanguard to import weapons and operators, updates with free content and a new anti-cheat system for the PC version of the game. All development is being handled by Raven Software.

Finally, the much loved Zombies mode will continue in CoD: Vanguard. Produced by Treyarch, the plot will be a crossover with CoD: Black Ops Cold War, functioning as a prologue to the story of the Black Ether. In addition to continuing the campaign, this new chapter also promises to innovate in gameplay.


CoD: Warzone will be updated with content from CoD: Vanguard (Image: Disclosure/Activision)

what to expect from Call of Duty: Vanguard?

Another year arrives with a new one Call of Duty. Gone are the days when the franchise’s games were valid for more than 12 months. Knowing this, paying R$300 for something that can only last a few months is quite painful.

Just like the latest releases in the series, Call of Duty: Vanguard it looks promising and brings some really cool ideas, like the international campaign and the new tactical gameplay. But soon, all of this must be put aside to make way for microtransactions and non-WWII-themed content in the seasons of CoD: Warzone.

Do not get me wrong. I hope that CoD: Vanguard be a great game, mainly because I like Sledgehammer’s work and admire the affection the team has for their games. However, most of the time, the titles of Call of Duty they lose all their magic due to the need to turn fun into a money-making machine.

For next year, Activision could take a deep breath and let gamers enjoy the latest release longer. The world won’t end if it doesn’t have a CoD new.

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