The critically-acclaimed Call of Duty franchise is perhaps the best-known first-person-shooter game franchise in the entire gaming industry, with over 18 titles in its main series. Like many FPS games, the title focused heavily on the events and warfare of WWII. However, it seems that the next Call of Duty won’t be set in World War II.
Twitter user @TheMW2ghost, known as the MW2 OG, wrote a tweet on his account regarding the COD 2021, saying that the game might not be set in WWII. From what we could discern from his post, the game won’t bear the title “COD WWII: Vanguard” but will be named “COD World War Vanguard” instead. This still remains unverified, as the game’s publisher, Activision, released no official statement.
The MW2 OG is an account dedicated to the Modern Warfare segment of the franchise after Call of Duty exhausted its WWII story arc and stepped into modern-day warfare. If the profile’s description is to be trusted, the person behind the MW2 OG account is Activision’s ex-ambassador, which might give some credibility to the disclosed information. At least, it may seem so under certain lighting conditions.
Other sources of information corroborate the original rumors regarding the next COD as “WWII: Vanguard,” a title that will be on the game’s box. From what we managed to find out, the new game is tentatively titled “WWII: Vanguard,” and its narrative is most likely taking place during WWII, and with parts of the game (cutscenes maybe) taking place in the 1950s. The credibility of these rumors is still in question since it’s highly probable that “WWII: Vanguard” is just a company’s codename for the upcoming game. The release title might end up entirely different because of the game’s ongoing development.
Initially, the game made a breakthrough in the FPS genre, based on its simulation of WWII warfare, releasing three titles within the same arc before moving onto the Modern Warfare titles in 2007. In 2017, the COD franchise briefly returned to the WWII setting with its Call of Duty: WWII title, which follows the 1st Infantry Division’s battles across the Western Front during the Second World War. The three titles following the Call of Duty: WWII were set in the modern-day or cold-war era.
The franchise released the first Call of Duty in 2003, simulating WWII warfare, followed by two sequels, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 3. From there, the franchised moved onto the Modern Warfare series and Black Ops story arc, which were a massive success, producing more than five titles each. 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII was the last addition to the WWII series of the game.
Will the franchise return to its WWII roots, or will it pursue a new, fictional storyline surrounding the second war? We don’t know. The current game’s developer, Sledgehammer Games, is the same team that developed Call of Duty: WWII, expressing wishes to return the franchise to where it rightfully belongs–in the brutal warfare of World War II. But that might not be the case.