Call of Duty returns to World War II in Vanguard. Screenshot from Vanguard trailer.
The newest installment in the Call of Duty video game franchise was announced Aug. 19, and the trailer is wild. In the game titled Call of Duty: Vanguard, the series returns to its roots and jumps (literally) back into World War II.
The popular video games from Activision debuted in 2003 with a first-person shooter set in World War II. It was followed in 2005 and again in 2006 with two sequels also set in the 1940s. In 2007, the franchise expanded beyond the 20th century with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game was such a success that it launched the franchise into 19 sequels.
The recent trailer reveals intense gameplay on multiple fronts. It opens with a Soviet sniper creeping through shadows of a bombed-out city on the Eastern Front, mixing precision shots with Assassin’s Creed-style sentry removal. The game also features British soldiers taking on the Nazis in North Africa with a heavy dose of tank combat. The trailer then shows an Allied paratrooper narrowly escaping burning airplanes as he jumps into the Western Front and finally ends with glimpses of exploding aircraft carriers and aerial dogfights over the Pacific.
It’s unclear how the game’s storyline will maintain continuity across all fronts, but after 19 versions of mostly the same thing, Call of Duty fans are likely more concerned with testing their mettle on every corner of the globe. Plausible storylines took a back seat sometime between 2006 and 2007.
The trailer debuted during a recent gaming event that also announced a Vanguard release date of Nov. 5.
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