Activision and Sledgehammer Games have finally given fans a peek at the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard in their Worldwide Multiplayer Reveal, which premiered yesterday. The reveal showcased brand-new new maps, perks, modes, weapons and gameplay features, as well new reworked atmospheric weather effects and destruction mechanics, ahead of the game's official launch on November 5th.
In this article, we will showcase all of the maps, destructive mechanics and weather effects that will be available in COD Vanguard.
Please note: We will update this article once more information becomes available as we head closer to the launch of COD Vanguard.
How many maps are there in COD Vanguard?
There will be a total of twenty maps available at launch in COD Vanguard. Sixteen of these maps are built for core multiplayer gameplay, whilst the remaining four maps will form part of the new Champion Hill game mode.
All Multiplayer Maps in COD Vanguard
Currently, only six out of the sixteen core maps have been revealed. Each of these maps is set across various parts of the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. These regions represent areas where many soldiers battled in World War II.
We've touched on some of these map locations below.
Gavutu is a medium-sized multiplayer map, set on the coast of Solomon Island in the Pacific. The map features a shipwreck and dense forestry. Gavutu is designed for 6v6 battles.
2. Hotel Royal
Hotel Royale is a medium-sized multiplayer map set in Paris, France. The map is designed for classic 6v6 battles with a 3-lane design.
3. Red Star
Red Star is another medium-sized map and features several large, dilapidated buildings where players will engage in combat. The map is situated in snowy Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad) in the South-West part of Russia. The map is designed for classic 6v6 battles.
4. Eagle's Nest
Eagle's Nest is also a medium-sized map situated outside of Berchtesgaden, Germany. The map is smaller than the other maps mentioned on this list. It's designed for 6v6 battles and is meant to depict Hitler's lair.
Dome is a classic, medium-sized map that debuted in Call of Duty: World at War. It's based in Berlin, Germany and is designed for 6v6 combat.
Castle is another medium-sized map that was first featured in Call of Duty: World at War. This map is based in Japan and has been reworked to include new destructive mechanics of the iconic shoji screens, in Call of Duty: Vanguard. It is also designed for 6v6 combat.
All Champion Hill maps in COD Vanguard
The Champion Hill maps form part of a new, tournament-style, round-based elimination game mode. There are a total of 4 Champion Hill maps, which are listed below.
In this game mode, players will form squads of two or three players (i.e. duos or trios) and compete against 7 other squads over a series of Combat Rounds. Each squad will have a finite number of lives and the premise of the game is to outlast opponents, whilst rotating through to a new map each round.
Each squad will start with the same loadout and will only be able to upgrade their weapons by purchasing attachments and perks during special "Buy Rounds". Of course, players will need to collect sufficient cash around the map during each Combat Round in order to purchase weapons or armament attachments at the Buy Station.
All destruction and weather effects in COD Vanguard
COD Vanguard features new, unique destruction interaction mechanics that allow players to break barriers, doors, and other structures in the game.
In addition to this, there are also new atmospheric weather effects, which add an even greater immersion experience to the game, using new software techniques.
While previous iterations of Call of Duty also had weather effects, it seems as though Vanguard will bring an even greater degree of realism. The game appears to have re-worked wind and rain storms that bring new energy into the gameplay experience.
The developers highlight the maps, "The Battle of Berlin" and "Gavutu", in particular, as having "so much weather going on in them."
While the new weather effects arguably won't directly affect gameplay, they could potentially affect players' audiovisual senses. This could add a greater sense of realism to player killstreaks and provide true-to-life gameplay experiences that simulate intense weather conditions.
COD Vanguard releases on November 5th and will be available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox Series X and Series S, and on the PlayStation 5.
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