Amidst the turmoil parent company Activision Blizzard is currently battling, Sledgehammer Games today officially announced Call of Duty: Vanguard in a reveal trailer. A short teaser trailer was released on Monday showcasing a World War II setting. The game launches November 5, succeeding last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Today’s announcement comes in the middle of a lawsuit filed by the state of California against publisher Activision Blizzard citing a toxic workplace environment and allegations of sexual harassment. In a virtual preview of the next Call of Duty game attended by Eurogamer, Sledgehammer Games studio head Aaron Halon issued a statement addressing allegations:
“The stories and the pain people have shared are simply devastating,” he said.
“We love making games. That’s what we do. It’s our life’s work, and we love it. But more importantly than that, we’re all humans, we’re here for each other, working side by side, and looking out for one another in good times and bad times.
“So on behalf of Sledgehammer Games, and all of the teams supporting Call of Duty Vanguard, harassment of any kind goes against everything we stand for as a studio. Everyone, regardless of title, role, gender, orientation, ethnicity, should be treated always with dignity, respect, and equality.
“While we cannot comment on the lawsuit, what I can say is that as a team, we are committed to making sure all team members feel safe, welcome, and respected. So please know as we start our presentation that these thoughts and actions are at the top of our minds, and will be going forward. They speak to the core values of who we are and who we wish to be. On behalf of everyone on the team, thank you.
“There’s no easy way to switch gears talking about our game. So please pardon me for the awkward transition. The teams across the studio have been looking forward to this day for quite some time. And they’ve done amazing work. And it’s my honour to be here to share this with you.”
Back to the game itself, the new shooter launches November 5th on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, the Xbox One and on PC. Much of the reveal trailer was focused on the single-player campaign focusing on the origin of the Special Forces.
The single-player campaign is “historically inspired” focusing on the journey of a group of four soldiers during World War II. There is also a multiplayer featuring 16 core maps and four maps for a new Champion Hill game mode that lets players do battle in a 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3 battle royale-type gameplay.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will have a Zombies mode developed by Black Ops Cold War Treyarch which is integrated with the Zombies story from Black Ops Cold War.