Disclosure: Imran Khan has a personal friendship with a narrative designer for Call of Duty: Vanguard, but this specific game has never been discussed between the two.
Hey, did you know that Call of Duty publisher Activision-Blizzard is currently being sued by the state of California for fostering a hostile work environment rife with sexual harassment and marginalization and their internal response was essentially “Tough shit, prove it“? Things to keep in mind when reading the rest of this story, I think!
Said publisher has revealed Call of Duty: Vanguard today after the initial file leaks from Warzone last week. Helmed by Sledgehammer once again, Vanguard’s single-player campaign has players investigate Project Phoenix, a fictional initiative to find a successor to Hitler.
The multiplayer portion launches with 20 new maps, the largest set ever for a new Call of Duty game. The number’s about all that’s big about them, though, as they are reportedly smaller and tighter than usual to focus on a more compact and frenetic pace.
Perhaps that large map count is part of why the Xbox store is currently stating a file size of 270GB for Vanguard. It’s possible that number includes Warzone, which is infamously humongous, but just a warning that prospective buyers might need to do some fridge-cleaning before the game comes out.
The game releases on November 5, making this the shortest reveal-to-release cycle of any Call of Duty in quite a long time. That probably doesn’t have anything to do with the publisher’s self-inflicted woes, but it does cut down on the number of stories that mention it.