Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in just a matter of days brining a new campaign, 16 standard multiplayer maps, 4 Champion Hill maps, and a Zombies mode developed by Treyarch. However, Activision posted details on some of the content coming to the game when it launches on November 5th.
Similar to Black Ops Cold War’s launch, players will have a “Preseason” before the first official Season in Vanguard begins. This Preseason will run from November 5th to December 2nd. During this time, players can continue to progress in Black Ops Cold War’s Season 6 battle pass. Warzone’s Verdansk and Rebirth Island maps will also still available.
A fan-favorite map will also arrive during Vanguard’s Preseason–Shipment from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This version of Shipment features a new World War II-themed reskin and will arrive on November 17th. Activision said more details on post-launch offerings would be given prior to Season 1.
Two final events were also detailed for Verdansk, before the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map is released alongside Season 1 on December 2nd.
This first is Operation: Flashback, a special limited-time mode that Raven Software created to celebrate the classic moments from the last 18 months in Verdansk. More information on Operation: Flashback will be revealed before its launch on November 18th.
Then starting November 24th, players will be able to collect intel to uncover more information about the upcoming Caldera map. It’s called the Secrets of the Pacific, and is another limited-time event within Verdansk. The intel players collect reveals information on the Caldera map, like the various points of interest within it. More details on this event are coming in mid-November.
From November 30th to December 1st, the Preseason will include the Last Hours of Verdansk, which is described as watching to “see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera.”
Vanguard’s Season 1
Season 1 officially begins on December 2nd, bringing new maps, a new battle pass, and two free weapons. Zombies will also be getting more content and challenges. Season 1 also marks Vanguard’s integration with Warzone, changing the map permanently to Caldera.
Those who own Call of Duty: Vanguard will get 24-hours early access to the new Caldera map at the start of Season 1. During this exclusive access time period, Warzone’s smaller Rebirth Island will be open to everyone else.
Warzone Pacific Caldera will introduce a new dogfighting mode called Vanguard Royale. This mode adds planes to Warzone, bringing a new way to do combat in the free-to-play game. Further on in Season 1, Verdansk’s Plunder mode will be brought to Caldera.
Specific details are still vague for both Vanguard and Warzone’s numerous events and battle pass content, it’s likely we’ll get more information closer to the start of the season.
Warzone Pacific will introduce the recently revealed Ricochet Anti-Cheat to hopefully cut back on Warzone’s major cheating issues. Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone are built on the same tech and engine, and will support fully optimized cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-gen support.
You can also check out patch notes for the launch version of Call of Duty: Vanguard.