Call Of Duty may be returning to World War 2 in this year's game, which is reportedly being developed by COD: WW2 creator Sledgehammer. That's according to supposed leaks revealed earlier this month by Call Of Duty fansite Modern Warzone (opens in new tab), which Eurogamer (opens in new tab) now says it has verified "in part."
While Modern Warzone reports that a working subtitle of 'Vanguard' will be changed closer to release, Eurogamer's sources say that Activision plans to keep the title at launch. Eurogamer also said that its sources denied that Vanguard will take place in "an alternate timeline where 1945 wasn't the end of World War 2," as Modern Warzone reported. Instead, Eurogamer says the game will follow a more traditional WW2 setting.
Call Of Duty has worked on cycles for as while—Infinity Ward doing the mainline 'Adjective Warfare' titles, while Treyarch gets weirder with its Black Ops games. Adding Sledgehammer to that rotation with recurring WW2-themed entries seems a good shout, though it does complicate the battle royale side-gig, Warzone.
Activision has already confirmed that Warzone will continue through this year's Call Of Duty. Black Ops: Cold War's integration with Warzone was a little clunky at times, but it wasn't too hard to integrate '80s firearms and conspiracies into a game that already featured a gulag. Pivoting to the simpler firearms of the Second World War could prove a little more troublesome.