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CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard leaks, release date, developer, setting

Published: 30/Jun/2021 3:35 Updated: 30/Jun/2021 3:36

by James Busby


From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about the upcoming CoD 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots-on-the-ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 



CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 


Known leaker Victor_Z posted tweets back in February that implied Sledgehammer Games (prior to confirmation from Activision) as the next developer, alongside the WWII art.

A commenter asked for clarification as to whether or not they meant it would be a WWIII title, but they replied, “WWII.”

While this is just a leak, Victor_Z does have some credibility. They previously stated that the Black Ops Cold War reveal trailer that showcased in August 2020 would include a 10 second MP preview – and lo and behold, it did.

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard rumors 

CoD WWII gameplay
Sledgehammer Games
Call of Duty Vanguard is expected to be a traditional WWII game.

ModernWarzone also previously suggested that the new setting for 2021’s CoD may take place in an alternate timeline where World War II never ended. In this fictional timeline, World War II continued beyond 1945.


“This entire game takes place in an alternate timeline where 1945 wasn’t the end of World War II,” sources allegedly told the prominent CoD leaker.

However, as per Eurogamer, this was disregarded as false, confirming with their sources that the game will likely be called “Vanguard” with a focus on a traditional World War II setting.

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard Warzone map

Warzone Verdansk '84 gameplay
Warzone fans could be waiting a while for a WWII-themed map.

While Warzone players are currently getting to grips with the smaller changes of Verdansk ’84, many fans had hoped that Activision would have released a new map entirely.

Despite Sledgehammer Games reportedly taking us back to the WWII era with the release of Call of Duty Vanguard, the new tie-in Warzone map isn’t expected to be released until 2022. 


According to leaks from CoD insider Tom Henderson, “we are 100% not getting a World War 2 Warzone map in 2021.” The leaker also noted that the released date would be “around April 2022,” and that it would be on a similar scale to Rebirth Island, with 40-60 players. 

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard Warzone map locations

A brand new set of leaks for Call of Duty 2021: Vanguard claim to reveal several locations for the upcoming Warzone map. According to recent reports from VGC, the new map will be larger than Verdansk and “set in the Pacific theatre of World War II.”

The recent data mine from Nanikos and Glitchy also uncovered location names that back this report up further. All the leaked Warzone map POIs can be seen below: 


  • Arsenal
  • Airstrip
  • Airfield
  • Beach Head
  • Caldera
  • Capital
  • Docks
  • Farms
  • Lagoon
  • Mines
  • Villages
  • Radio Station
  • Subpen

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard multiplayer maps & modes

As with every annual CoD release, Vanguard is set to release with its own set of original multiplayer maps. While exact names and locations are yet to be confirmed, we do have some early intel to go off.

WW2 Vanguard is reportedly set to launch with “eight multiplayer maps,” according to prominent CoD insider Tom Henderson.

Moreover, the CoD leaker also revealed two returning modes on the way for Vanguard. Both Ground War and Headquarters appear to be in the works for the 2021 title.

CoD Ground War
Ground War is reportedly in the works for 2021’s Vanguard.

CoD 2021: WW2 Vanguard weapons 

While players can expect to see the usual M1 Garand rifles and Thompson SMGs, we have yet to actually see any of these in action. However, prominent CoD leaker, TheMW2Ghost has revealed a number of potential weapons in Call of Duty 2021.

On June 12, the leaker revealed some weapons that have allegedly been included in an early build of the game. “Saw some footage of CoD 2021 / Vanguard recently,” he tweeted. “Definitely WW2 uniformed soldiers. Saw a Kar98… some WW2 trench shotgun [and] molotovs.”

They also stated that the map looked as if it was set in an African palace, while the HUD was similar to that Treyarch’s 2008 CoD title – World at War.

If that wasn’t enough, TheMW2Ghost claimed that a version of Headquarters will return in the Sledgehammer Games installment. The multiplayer hub was a well-received addition and helped enable the community to interact with one another outside regular matches.

While these leaks should be treated with a pinch of salt, TheMW2Ghost has predicted a number of Calling Cards and other content correctly in the past. 

CoD 2021: WW2 announcement in Warzone Season 4

The idea that Warzone would be used to announce the next Call of Duty title is certainly not a new one, especially since Black Ops Cold War was revealed in the same way. Well, according to the renowned leaker, @ZestyCODLeaks, a new event will be coming to Warzone in the Season 4 update. 

“There is a new major event coming called ‘X2’ that will feature the Armoured Train and Ambushes,” says the leaker. “This has been in the files for months now, but it looks like they are finally working on it again. Also, there will be a cutscene after the event: scr_x2_duration_fade_out_movie.”

It’s also interesting to note that the Black Ops Cold War reveal was named ‘x1_fin’ in the game’s files, so the upcoming reveal does seem to follow this trend. Quite whether this reveal will appear in Season 4 remains to be seen. 

Call of Duty 2021 official title & codename leaks

Throughout much of 2021, CoD leaks pointed towards the next title being called ‘Vanguard.’ From the earliest WWII rumblings to the latest rumors, Vanguard has mostly been the go-to label.

In a June 29 BattleNet update, however, a new name came into focus. ‘Slipstream’ was accidentally pushed on the BattleNet site, appearing with a logo alongside all other Activision Blizzard IPs.

Initial speculation hinted at Slipstream being the new title, though other insiders soon shut that down. “Slipstream is not the title of the upcoming game,” prominent CoD leakers followed up. Instead, Slipstream has merely served as the codename for CoD 2021 during development. 

Vanguard is still reported to be the final title for the next release.

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

Who exactly is in charge of developing the next installment? It’s now been confirmed that Sledgehammer Games will helm the development process of the next title, confirming many rumors previously heard within the community.

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)

The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, and it’s going to be awesome to see what they’ve got in store for us.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen. Last year, Sledgehammer also reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

CoD 2021 Modern Warfare rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. “The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

There you have it, everything we know about CoD 2021. Whether the rumors and leaks surrounding Call of Duty Vanguard are true remains to be seen, but make sure you check our CoD guides: AMAX loadout | FFAR loadout | All bunker codes | Highest earning Warzone players | Best Warzone Assault Rifles | How to unlock the Baseball bat | Mac-10 loadout | Best Warzone settings