It's a brand new year and already rumours and leaks are starting to emerge about this year's Call of Duty.
COD 2021 is a mystery to so many but it's quickly feeling like we already have an idea of what's to come.
Black Ops Cold War has had a mostly positive reception due to its inclusiveness and improved functionality in many areas, although fans have quickly turned their noses up at it.
While the game has made many improvements, in a lot of areas, it has evidently lacked some polish due to the COVID-19 restrictions that impacted the gaming industry last year.
With Warzone being used as a medium between all of the tiles, what could this year entail and how will they all connect together?
So what is in store for us this time? Here's what we know about COD 2021.
Vanguard On Course For August Reveal - 16th July
According to notable leaker Tom Henderson, data miners have managed to uncover placeholder code and images promoting the purchase of COD 2021 within the files of Warzone. The leaker also goes on to mention that Warzone will play host to a reveal event in August.
Activision Is Attending Gamescom - 15th July
According to the list of publishers that will be attending Gamescom, Call of Duty publisher Activision will be at the event. Will this be the first time we get a look at Vanguard? Gamescom takes place from August 25th-27th which would coincide with a late Summer reveal.
Field Upgrades Are Returning - 14th July
According to content creator SalvationsElite, Field Upgrades will be making a return in COD Vanguard. Details on which Field Upgrades will feature were not mentioned but it's sounding like Vanguard is going to be nothing like World War 2 and more like Modern Warfare.
Terminal Arriving In COD Vanguard? - 7th July
According to notable Call of Duty leaker @TheMW2Ghost, classic multiplayer map Terminal is expected to appear within COD Vanguard despite being synonymous with the Modern Warfare universe. This wouldn't be the first time a Modern Warfare map has featured outside of the universe. 2017s World War 2 contained a themed version of Shipment.
Call of Duty Slipstream Alpha Leaks - 30th June
Call of Duty 2021’s internal alpha has allegedly been uploaded to Battle net today. The file uploaded has an internal name of 'Call of Duty Slipstream' along with a piece of artwork. As a reminder this is not the full title, it's just the code name. Follow the link for more details.
London Docks Is Returning - 28th June
According to @TheMW2Ghost, the London Docks map will be returning to Call of Duty as part of Vanguard's post-launch content plans.
Eight Multiplayer Maps On Release - 25th June
According to notable Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson, there will be a total of eight multiplayer maps that will be available to play when Vanguard releases.
Although it doesn't sound like a lot, Sledgehammer has plenty of time to develop more maps in order to satisfy demand.
Vanguard Warzone Map POIs Leaked - 21st June
Data miners have uncovered a list of points of interest that will appear on the brand-new Warzone map expected to release alongside COD Vanguard.
Check out the full list in our article.
COD Vanguard HUD Looks Like World At War - 18th June
According to recent leaks, the HUD for Vanguard heavily resembles the HUD that was used in World at War.
There's plenty of time for the HUD to be changed but the WaW HUD was one of the most popular due to its simplistic design. Is Vanguard going back to basics?
COD Vanguard Footage Uncovered By Leakers - 14th June
According to several leakers, they have seen early footage of Vanguard in action.
@TheMW2Ghost unveiled some of the details.
The release date for COD 2021 is rumoured to be the 12th November 2021 - this is according to various rumours floating around (none of which can be confirmed).
The current Call of Duty game launched on the 13th November 2020.
Call of Duty launches land in a consistent time frame year-on-year. Last year, it arrived in November, with the two years before (breaking the norm) and launching in October. Before this, they arrived in the first week of November.
You can expect COD 2021 to fall within the November time, as the developers will need all the time they can get to ensure they have a solid product and allow ample beta testing.
Last year, Activision revealed the rough release date and initial details of this year's title in their Q4 investor call; which happens in February.
It wasn't until August that we got a concrete release date, but usually the release date is revealed in June/July.
This year, Sledgehammer Games is developing the next Call of Duty.
It was meant to develop the 2020 Call of Duty title before Treyarch had to intervene and develop Black Ops Cold War.
What Is It?
Despite several suggestions surrounding the setting for COD 2021, it is widely believed that the game will be set in World War 2. Although there has been no official confirmation, all signs are pointing towards a World War 2 setting.
The original game released with a £59.99 price tag attached, with players only needing to pay an extra £5 for a cross-gen bundle.
Last year was the first time Activision didn't release physical enhanced versions of their games, instead opting to go all digital.
Here were the available editions:
- Standard Edition - £59.99
- Cross-Gen Bundle - £64.99
- Ultimate Edition - £89.99
There's currently no trailer or teasers for the new game at this stage.
But, you can check out the trailer for the past two Call of Duty games below.
Black Ops Cold War
We can assume that the game will release initially for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Nintendo systems haven't seen a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U and its unlikely we will see one any time soon.
Vanguard will use the IW8 engine which made its debut in 2019s Modern Warfare. The engine was a huge change from previous engines that have been used, but Modern Warfare did feature the smoothest gameplay in recent years which is probably why it is being used to develop Vanguard.
Each developer has their own way of implementing their own shine on a current Call of Duty engine, so expect some differences from the original.
I would anticipate the gameplay will remain boots on the ground for the foreseeable future.
The gameplay for Black Ops Cold War wasn't revealed until August/September - so you'll be waiting sometime before we get an idea of what the gameplay looks like.
But, details and leaks tend to float onto the internet in the months leading to it.
A recent leak from @Mrleaks5 says that "Call of Duty 2021 will probably be the most technologically advanced Call of Duty game ever."
It's still unclear as to what this means for the new title, but we can't wait to see how the developers use the next-gen technology available to create a new experience!
We also know the code name for this title is "Project Mortem". This doesn't point towards anything particularly obvious at the moment, but it may become clear as we get closer to release.
Most Call of Duty fans enjoys grinding and working towards the rarest skins in the game. This year will be no different!
Another leak from @MrLeaks5 on Twitter shows off some of the cosmetics that will feature in Call of Duty 2021. This list includes; Diamond, Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald, Cobalt and Topaz.
We can't wait to see how challenging it'll be to unlock these skins.
Warzone will continue to be the link between the many different games, creating one unified universe.
It's expected that Warzone will support cross-platform and cross-generational play.
Items from COD 2021 will also be integrated into Warzone, although this may not be the case at launch.
It begs the question of whether older weapons, those featured in Modern Warfare, will be removed to make way for the new weapons.
Thanks to recent leaks, a brand-new map will be arriving within the battle royale when Vanguard releases.
The game will remain on its current engine. THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO WARZONE'S ENGINE!
How will COD 2021 integrate itself into Warzone?
Verdansk Origin Story
We've heard that Call of Duty 2021 may give us a backstory to the infamous Verdansk warzone map.
This means we may see COD 2021 set in the past in order to tie it in with the existing storyline.
Until we understand what game we're looking at, it's unsure how the campaign story will unfold.
It's more than likely going to be a continuation of an already established timeline and story.
Based on what we know, we'd say it is a sequel rather than a prequel to any of the established timelines.
The Campaign is often the first thing to be featured when showcasing the new Call of Duty, usually acting as the centrepiece for a reveal trailer.
Multiplayer gameplay isn't usually shared until a month or two after the initial reveal.
The only notable piece of information surrounding Vanguard multiplayer comes from Tom Henderson. In his July 24th upload, the leaker reveals that a total of eight multiplayer maps will be available to play when the game releases. The leaker also confirmed that Ground War will be making its return.
Will the new game have Zombies? There's no doubt that the lack of Zombies was felt in Modern Warfare and has had a raving review since returning in Black Ops Cold War.
With several rumours circulating around what the third mode for Vanguard could be, it is believed that it will feature the undead.
According to leaks, Treyarch will be assisting Sledgehammer Games with the development of Zombies, which is certainly exciting for fans.