Treyarch and Call of Duty have just revealed their next installment into the zombies storyline, the events of Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies will take place from Stalingrad all the way to Shi No Numa, During your adventures you will be fighting Von List’s undead army on all fronts!
Zombies is such a huge part of the Call of Duty Ecosystem, so much so that Activision made the decision to let Treyarch make a Zombie game mode in back to back games. Now for people who don’t know Call of Duty operates on a 3 year cycle, Infinity Ward, Treyarch and Sledgehammer take turns releasing a game every year.
Sledgehammer is set to release their game Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5th, but instead of Treyarch will be working on the Vanguard Zombies game mode to use their creative and technical genius to make yet ANOTHER amazing zombies experience.
This coming one year after Treyarch released their game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which also had a Zombies game mode inside of it, the storyline was focused around stopping the “Forsaken” and shutting down Dark Aether test sites around the world. Vanguard Zombies will take place before the events of Cold War Zombies and will feature a Demon like protagonist.
The OUTBREAK-ESQUE Game Mode
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the OUTBREAK game mode from Cold War Zombies, you start off in one map with multiple objectives inside of it to obtain rewards, you can choose to complete them or move onto the next map thru a portal, once you go to the next map you will advance in rounds.
Vanguard Zombies, Imagine playing OUTBREAK but instead it was one map that flows together, welcome to DER ANFANG where you will spawn in the starting area “STALINGRAD” and you will make your journey into other areas of the map such as HOTEL ROYALE from multiplayer, MERRIVILLE from campaign and even SHI NO NUMA from Call of Duty: World at War.
- Game Mode called “Der Anfang”
- Start off in a snowy area in STALINGRAD
- Use TELEPORTERS to enter different areas
- Choose between HOTEL ROYALE, MERRVILLE and SHI NO NUMA
- Complete objectives to progress thru the map
It’s APPEALING to Everyone
In the making of the new Vanguard Zombies map DER ANFANG it was important to the developers to “Stay true to their lineage”, while also building something “brand new”. So you will find all the “classics” while also finding stuff that they are “doing different this time”.
Classic to Zombies
- Mystery Box
- Crafting Tables
- Buying Perks
- Field Upgrades aka Artifacts
- Saraxis the Shadow
- Norticus the Conqueror
- Inviktor the Destroyer
- Bellekar the Warlock
- Kortifex the Deathless
Brand New to Zombies
- Dark Aether Runes
- Gives you intel for more of the backstory behind characters
- Altar of Covenants:
- Use a sacrificial heart to trade for 1 of 3 random upgrades
- Hold out style gameplay but you take the fight to the zombies
- Hunt zombies that drop runestones, then deposit into the “Sin-Eater”
- Escort a floating zombie head as it seeks weaknesses in the dimensional barriers to the dark aether.
The IMMERSIVE and INNOVATIVE Features
Developers for Vanguard Zombies said that they had a “A lot of fun” designing the different “Objective Environments”, adding on that each location has a “Very distinct look and feel” to the play space, so that “No two areas will feel similar”. They say that it was important to establish “Unique Visuals” as well as a look that feels so grounded that you “Will have nightmares about”.
The Occult Atmosphere
- Summoning Portals
- Blood Rituals
- Hanging Skulls
- Basic Grunt Zombies (Most Common, Easy to Kill)
- Storm Kreiger/Warrior (Hard to take down, Carry around mini gun)
- Boom Shreyer/Screamer (Explode on contact & Run quickly)
The STORYLINE for Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies will take place before the times of Call of Duty: Cold War Zombies, On August 3rd, 1943, under the authorization of Doctor Kurt Diebner, Projekt Endstation was in a remote location site in Morasko, Poland. On March 7th, 1944, during the 12th test run of the cyclotron, the device would malfunction and punch a hole thru the dimensional and gave people access to the dark aether.
With the breach into the dark aether came 5 otherworldly artifacts, each one linked to a powerful dark aether entity, this would allow the Nazis to expand their research into dark magic. Enter Oberführer Von List, a ruthless officer in command of a SS Battalion called Die Wahrheit. Von List FORCED top experts to help him find antiquities, Explorers, Historians and a Demonologist named Gabriel Kraft.
Professor Kraft’s DEEP knowledge of the a occult ultimately lead Von List to these artifacts, Von List bonds with the most powerful entity of them all KORTIFEX the deathless. A year after their worst defeat, Von List takes the Die Wahrheit back to Stalingrad where He’s going to raise an undead army, march them across Europe and ANNIHILATE the ally forces.
Professor Craft sends out a distress call, that call is answered by Vanguard Special Forces operators, But they end up trapped inside of a barrier, erected by KORTIFEX to seal off Stalingrad. They can’t call out for reinforcements, But they have Professor Kraft’s expert guidance and their own unmatched combat skills.
Also they have 4 dark aether energies willing to bond with them to share their powers, They do this in the interest of defeating KORTIFEX the deathless. While these entities may be helping humans, they may soon find out that they have their own agendas, It’s an unlikely team up, but it’s our only shot at keeping the Third Reich from winning WW2.
The brand new Vanguard Zombies experience will be coming on the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard on Friday, November 5th. Along with this the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will also be launching.