ACTIVISION has given gamers their first proper look at the action-packed single player mode of the Call of Duty.
The story trailer for Call of Duty Vanguard dropped on YouTube on Monday and offers a sneak peak at the game’s characters, guns and missions.
Fans have already been given a sneak peak of the game’s hotly-anticipated online multiplayer mode.
But while it’s often overshadowed by its competitive counterpart, Call of Duty’s campaign mode is also a huge draw for the series.
Set during World War 2, Vanguard is out next month and its story mode focuses on the foundations of the special forces in the early 1940s.
The Vanguard Campaign is focused on Project Phoenix, a fictional Nazi campaign to identify a successor to Hitler.
Allied command hears about this, and tasks Operators with uncovering the plot – and stopping it – as part of a new, elite team called Task Force One.
From the trailer, it looks like you’ll largely play as British soldier Sergeant Arthur Kingsley, the leader and “heart” of Task Force One.
Kingsley is joined by four operators: Wade Jackson, Lucas Riggs and Polina Petrova; as well as Richard Webb, Kingsley’s right-hand man and friend.
They’re up against lead protagonist and archetypal Nazi Oberst-Gruppenführer Hermann Wenzel Freisinger.
He’s the chief interrogator of the SS and the secret architect of the mysterious Project Phoenix.
A number of mission locations are teased in the trailer, too, including what looks like a mission during the D-Day landings in northern France.
All of the characters are inspired by real people in some way.
Sgt. Arthur Kingsley, of the 9th Parachute Battalion, who is inspired by Sidney Cornell, a real serviceman from Portsmouth, England whose father was African American.
Next up is Lt. Polina Petrova, of the 138th Rifle Division.
She’s inspired by Lyudmila Pavlichenko, an expert sniper renowned for being the most successful marksman in World War 2 – with a staggering 309 kills.
Lyudmila began her military career as a nurse, and this story is mimicked in game, where she becomes a leader during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Third is Captain Wade Jackson, of Scouting Squadron Six, inspired by Canada’s Vernon Michael – a distinguished airman.
And finally here’s 2nd Lieutenant Lucas Riggs, of Australia’s 20th Battalion.
He’s inspired by New Zealand soldier Charles Upham, who received the Victoria Cross not once but twice.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is the next major entry into the wildly popular shooter series.
The Activision-published, Sledgehammer Games-developed production returns to World War 2.
And it’ll spread across all the major conflict fronts, including North Africa, the Pacific, and the Western and Eastern fronts.
To make that feel cohesive, Vanguard is focusing on the beginnings of special forces, as they developed throughout the early 1940s.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to release on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Supported platforms include PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net.
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