Although we have almost reached the halfway point of the Black Ops Cold War game cycle, there is already plenty of attention on the 2021 instalment in the Call of Duty franchise. Widely reported to be titled Call of Duty: WWII: Vanguard, the game will mark a return to World War 2 for the first time since late 2016.
The return to World War 2 has been met with a mixed reception from the vocal and passionate community, with some looking forward to another game set in the time period and others stating that they would prefer a return to a futuristic setting.
Alongside the debate regarding the setting of the game, there has been plenty of talk surrounding the engine that will be used to power the game.
With that said, will COD 2021 feature a brand-new engine?
COD 2021 New Engine
According to a report by VGC, COD 2021 will not be powered with a brand-new engine. The article confirms that Sledgehammer Games will be using the IW8 engine to power WWII: Vanguard.
The IW8 engine is the newest engine to power a Call of Duty title. It debuted with the 2019 reboot of the Modern Warfare series and is also used to run the franchise’s immensely popular battle royale, Warzone.
Rather than a completely new engine being used, WWII: Vanguard will be using the engine armed with the latest technology in order to develop the game.
This news is certainly positive for those that aren’t fans of Treyarch’s engine used to run Black Ops Cold War. Many players saw Cold War as a step back in comparison to 2019s Modern Warfare and with the IW8 engine being used for WWII: Vanguard, there’s a chance that the game could be incredible despite the return to World War 2 again.
COD WWII: Vanguard Reveal
With numerous leaks and rumours floating around, it is likely that official teasers surrounding the reveal of the game will be arriving will be making an appearance in the not-too-distant future.
Prior to the official reveal of Black Ops Cold War, Warzone players found numerous Black Ops references including the shell of an RC-XD which all-but-confirmed the return to Black Ops.
Could we see an MP40 or an M1 Garand added into the battle royale? We will have to wait and see what Sledgehammer Games has in store!