On Tuesday, Twitter user @NEXTGEN_ishere claimed the game would revealed on August 19 at 10.45am PT / 1.45pm EA / 6.45pm BST.
While the tweet in question has since been deleted, reportedly following a DMCA takedown by the copyright holder, reputable leaker Tom Henderson claims in a DualShockers report to have verified some of the details with four independent sources.
He received word that Activision is indeed planning a Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal on August 19, with details of the event reportedly set to be shared today with a limited number of media outlets and content creators under a strict NDA.
UPDATE 12/08/21: Call of Duty Vanguard promotional material has leaked ahead of the game’s official announcement, with artwork revealing several editions, plans for an open beta and more.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Call of Duty: Vanguard, which is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, is expected to be officially revealed this summer, likely via an in-game event in free-to-play Warzone, as Black Ops Cold War was last year.
It will feature a campaign, multiplayer and Zombies modes set in the European and Pacific theatres of World War II, with its plot centring around the birth of modern allied Special Forces, according to VGC’s sources.
It will also launch alongside an entirely new Warzone map said to be set in the Pacific theatre and significantly larger than the current Verdansk map.
Henderson also claimed on Wednesday that he’d been sent what appears to be the first image of Call of Duty: Vanguard.
In a since deleted message, which was reportedly removed at the request of Activision, Henderson said the image depicted WW2 soldiers storming a beach protected by barbed wire, with palm tree ablaze and American dive bombers in the sky.
Discussing the officially unnamed Call of Duty game during Activision Blizzard’s second quarter earnings call this month, president and chief operating officer Daniel Alegre said the title is still scheduled for release during the fourth quarter of 2021.
“From a setting that our fans know and love to an incredible amount of content in development including an extensive live ops schedule, we believe this release will be incredibly well received,” he said.
“In addition to launching a great seamless experience for both current and next-gen console players, we are focused on continuing to integrate Warzone and engaging our direct relationship with our player base through even deeper content integration between the premium and free experiences and substantial innovation coming within Warzone itself.”
Later in the call, Activision president Rob Kostich also said Activision feels “really good” about what Sledgehammer is working on.
“The studio itself has never been bigger or stronger, now with its teams in Foster City and Melbourne and also now in Toronto.
“And across all modes of play, across multiplayer, across campaign and across co-op, development is coming along really well and we’re going to be sharing those details with the community very soon.
“Content wise, it’s a really robust game at launch across all the modes, and the good news for us right now is, we’ve gotten farther ahead on our live ops planning for supporting the community post-launch, and the community should also expect that support to be very, very significant.
“We also have really exciting new plans for Warzone, which Raven is leading,” Kostich added. “Now together with our premium release, we have some really fun, and what I consider the most significant updates, planned for the community across both Warzone and premium as we head into the fall.”
Earlier today Activision delayed the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 by 24 hours.
Black Ops Cold War Season 5 will introduce new multiplayer maps and modes alongside a variety of fresh Zombies features, while Warzone Season 5 will include the game’s first exclusive Perks.