Call of Duty: Vanguard hasn’t even launched yet, but rumors regarding the next year’s game are already making the scene. Some information suggests the campaign will take inspiration from movies like Traffic, No Country For Old Men, and Sicario, and is being described as “gritty and unrelenting.” The game could potentially have morality system like Red Dead Redemption 2, with more gore to be included in the campaign. As previously reported, 2022’s game is rumored to be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, focusing on Colombian drug cartels.
Twitter user @ralphsvalve found a treasure trove of unannounced details about 2022’s Call of Duty game, with some of the info being corroborated by VGC sources. VCG has accurately reported on unannounced Call Of Duty info many times in the past.
According to this leak, the 2022 Call of Duty game is described as being “grim” and “gruesome.” For instance, enemies who are shot might only be injured and not die immediately. This causes them to call out for their mothers, hallucinate, and even convulse before finally passing, according to the report. The gore is described as “realistic”, with bullet penetration being based on the calibration of the bullet. Players may also be able to apply pressure to wounds to stop bleeding.
It’s also rumored the game will have a “moral compass,” similar to what’s seen in Red Dead Redemption 2. This means key decisions could impact what happens in the future. Apparently, the tagline for the story is, “There’s no winners in this story,” which could be signaling commentary on the war on drugs.
The leak also included gameplay specifics. It’s reported that weapons can jam during sequences, reflecting real life scenarios. Additionally, characters will have more difficulty loading weapons after “high-intensity” moments, due to shaking hands.
VGC separately reported that Warzone will get a new map inspired by 2022’s Modern Warfare 2, and will feature “various classic points of interest.”
“Locales from the original Modern Warfare 2 will be expanded upon and stitched together, creating a massive new map. This is likely to include a significantly expanded version of Favela, and other classic arenas such as Afghan, Quarry, Terminal, and Trailer Park,” VGC stated.
The new map for Warzone is also rumored to include a new mode that blends PvP and PvE, similar to Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone. According to the report, this mode could “see players battling against cartel AI with friends as they attempt to complete objective-based missions within the same MW2 Warzone map.”
Keep in mind all of this information is not yet confirmed and subject to change. It’s extremely unlikely Activision or Infinity Ward will be sharing any details about next year’s Call of Duty anytime soon. Vanguard hasn’t even released yet, and the expansion for Warzone Pacific is on the horizon.
In other Call of Duty news, Sledgehammer Games recently revealed patch notes for the launch version of Vanguard, alongside a roadmap for Season 1. Sony also announced all the exclusive bonuses for PlayStation users, and it’s quite a bit.