Classic Call of Duty maps are set to return in CoD Vanguard, this year’s upcoming Call of Duty title.
Despite not being official yet, we already know much about Activision’s upcoming addition to the Call of Duty series. The 25th instalment is heavily rumoured to return to World War II, a setting that the series is already very familiar with.
Many of the first Call of Duty games took place in WWII, with 2017’s installment also returning to the era. Sledgehammer Games is at the helm of this one, and we already know that a Warzone tie in is planned for later this year.
Most recently, a collection of locations from the new Pacific Warzone map were uncovered in a data mine leak.
With nearly two decades of history, Call of Duty is rooted in its own legacy – the series is never one to forget about its old content. With each new release, old maps usually end up making their way into the new game. Just recently, we saw Hijacked reborn in Black Ops: Cold War after it debuted in Black Ops 2.
Not that I’m criticising. I’ve been quite vocal about the classic Call of Duty maps I’d love to see remastered (or re-remastered).
It doesn’t seem like Activision is about to buck the trend of re-introducing old content into its new games. The prominent Call of Duty leaker ‘TheMW2Ghost’ claims that the ‘London Docks’ map from CoD WW2 will be returning.
London Docks was one of the more popular maps in CoD WWII, so it makes sense that it would make a return in the upcoming WWII shooter. With it being such a recent rendition, it’s unclear whether the new version will be heavily overhauled or not.
Just some small bits to share— MW2 OG (@TheMW2Ghost) June 27, 2021
I’ve been told that the map ‘London Docks’ from WW2 is apparently coming to Vanguard as season dlc (1 or 2 I think)
As well as a WW2 version of a very fan-favourite map from a very iconic cod game…. 👀 can’t share what that map is just yet though
It’s unlikely that London Docks will arrive at launch, too. It’s understood that CoD Vanguard will feature eight maps when it releases later this year [via Dexerto]. TheMW2Ghost reckons that the classic map will make an appearance in the first or second season of Vanguard’s live service.
That tracks with how classic maps have been handled in Cold War and Modern Warfare’s live services. While maps like Nuketown and Shipment weren’t available at launch, they were added as token pieces in later live service updates.
It’s expected that Vanguard will continue the live service update model, doing away with the DLC pack model of the past.
More, you say?!
In addition to London Docks, TheMW2Ghost teases that a “very fan-favourite map from a very iconic CoD game” will also be returning in Vanguard.
They say that they can’t share what the map is yet, only that it’s a WWII version of the classic locale. That implies the original version isn’t specifically WWII themed in the first place. Could that mean another total re-work of something like Shipment or Nuketown? I personally hope not – I think I speak for most people when I say I’ve certainly had my fill of those areas.
Call of Duty Vanguard is releasing into a competitive space this year. With both Battlefield and Halo coming out with promising looking multiplayer titles in the same release window, Vanguard will have to do a lot to impress fans. Including classic arenas might just be the way to do that.
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