According to Activision, Call Of Duty: Vanguard failed to live up to their hopes because fans are not interested in World War 2. Courtesy of their 2021 annual financial report (courtesy of Kotaku), they explained that “our 2021 premium release didn’t meet our expectations, we believe primarily due to our own execution.”
Furthermore, the studio affirms its belief that the “World War II setting didn’t resonate with some of our community.” The company further added that they “didn’t deliver as much innovation in the premium game as we would have liked.”
The studio went on to confirm that they were “certainly addressing both of these issues with the 2022 launch.” Development for the 2022 title Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone will be conducted by Infinity Ward, described as “the most ambitious plan” in franchise history. To put this ambition into numbers, the company has employed more than “3,000 people" who are "now working on the franchise and a return to the Modern Warfare setting that delivered our most successful Call of Duty title ever.”
Modern Warfare 2 will serve as a sequel to Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, a soft reboot released in 2019. Last week, GameLuster reported that Infinity Ward had revealed a small teaser of the sequel’s logo. Actor Barry Sloane (Captain Price from Modern Warfare) will be returning for the sequel after confirming a Task Force 141 logo in a recent post on social media.
Back to the latest premium release, developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Vanguard takes place across the globe, from tank fights across the desert plains of North Africa, warfare on the Eastern and Western fronts, to aerial dogfights over the Pacific Ocean.
The campaign features four playable characters, Private Lucas Riggs, Sergeant Arthur Kingsley, Lieutenant Wade Jackson, and Lieutenant Polina Petrova. Call of Duty: Vanguard is available across all major platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on battle.net.