Developer Sledgehammer and publisher Activision have finally released their worldwide reveal trailer for their upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard. “Finally”, because typically Call of Duty (like most annual titles remaining on the market) tend towards having very strict marketing cycles, and Call of Duty is initially unveiled in May.
Insiders have long suspected that the pandemic forcing everyone to work from home for over a year now has slowed down the progress on Call of Duty, same as it has many other games. Most of the time the games simply got additional time and delayed until later in the year or into next year, but Call of Duty has gone the opposite route. Rather than give the studios more time, they placed more manpower onto the franchise. Currently, Activision has confirmed every major studio they have is currently working on Call of Duty, from studios like Toys for Bob which worked on Crash Bandicoot 4 to Vicarious Visions, who worked on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.
Interestingly enough, Call of Duty: Vanguard doesn’t seem to have the Activision logo anywhere in the reveal trailer. This comes after weeks of Activision-Blizzard dealing with legal troubles and lawsuits from both within and without the company due to the harassment and abuse allegations from former employees of the company. According to Activision PR, leaving the logo out of the trailer “was a creative choice that reflects how Vanguard represents the next major instalment in the franchise.”
Activision’s Call of Duty: Vanguard releases on PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as on PC on November 5th.