With rumors stating that this year’s Call of Duty will once again see players back in World War 2, some might be wondering how that will fit into Call of Duty: Warzone. If this recent rumor is anything to go by, it looks like COD 2021 will indeed introduce a World War 2 Warzone map, though don’t expect a full-fledged map that will replace Verdansk.
In Tom Henderson’s latest newsletter, the reliable Call of Duty leaker has mentioned that Sledgehammer Games started work on Call of Duty: Vanguard back in August 2019, and some of that were done at home due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of integrating into Call of Duty: Warzone, Henderson claims that we will see a World War 2 Warzone map sometime in 2022, though it won’t be a full-scale map, but instead be similar to Black Ops Cold War’s Rebirth Island.
First of all, I can confirm that we are 100% not getting a World War 2 Warzone map in 2021. In fact, we’re likely to see some kind of WW2 Warzone map around April 2022 (1 year from now). Since the botched map release of Black Ops Cold War’s Warzone map (which was meant to release months ago), it’s my understanding that Warzone will now face a big mid-year update.
Although official development of such a map hasn’t started, rumblings suggest that the map will not actually be a full-fledged Warzone map, but instead be similar to Rebirth Island, with 40-60 players and developed by a different studio in collaboration with Sledgehammer Games.
The rumor also touches on the integration of Vanguard’s weapons in Warzone, and mentions how it could be different this year. Instead of Vanguard multiplayer weapons being integrated into Warzone in one drop like what happened in Black Ops Cold War, the weapons will be introduced periodically throughout the lifecyle of Vanguard. This is being changed to further incentivize players to buy Blueprints, or purchase Vanguard in order to finish multiplayer challenges faster, so they can be used in Warzone (Vanguard weapons available on day one could come to Warzone as DLC, but will require players to unlock them via in-game challenges).
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Additionally, Henderson states that the Warzone and Vanguard integration would have been more simple, but due to Black Ops Cold War’s delayed integration, and development hiccups, Activision and the developers are thinking of compromises.
Again, same with any rumor that hasn’t been confirmed by Activision or the devs, treat this with a grain of salt. Henderson himself notes that it is “too early” to give concrete info on what’s happening with Warzone and Vanguard, as nothing has been finalized yet.