The Call of Duty franchise covers many theaters of war and often chooses to tell fictional stories within historical conflict (e.g. World at War, Black Ops or the first few games of the entire franchise). We take on the role of soldiers on the front lines, and sometimes these player characters become mainstays – Captain Price/Roach in Infinity Ward’s original Modern Warfare trilogy and Mason/Woods in Treyarch’s Black Ops franchise. Call of Duty – Vanguard , the latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty universe, is the most recent and the mainstay of the game’s characters. Vanguard could end up being the first Call of Duty game.
During a New York Comic-Con panel, Vanguard’s writers spoke about the future they envision for the game’s protagonists:
“We came into this process saying ‘how do we make iconic CoD characters’ because we don’t really have that in Call of Duty right now,” Sam Maggs, writer at Sledgehammer games, said. We came in this thinking, “Who could be our flagship CoD character?” because we want Vanguard 2 or Vanguard 3. We have two more stories that we really want to tell with these characters, so we’re hoping that if people love them as much as we do, we get to continue to tell the story of these people and make them figureheads for this era of CoD.” You can listen to Maggs and the rest of the writing team talk about this around the 43-minute mark in the video above.
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign follows an elite task force – Sergeant Arthur Kingsley, Lieutenant Polina Petrova, Private Lucas Riggs, Lieutenant 1st Class Wade Jackson – as they venture deep into Nazi Germany to bring the Reich’s mysterious Pheonix Project down to its knees. Call of Duty: Vanguard will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 4.