Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign trailer debuts at Gamescom 2021

The franchise's return to the World War 2 setting brings along a multi-continent romp across multiple fronts of the war.


One of the biggest developments to come out of the Opening Night Live celebrations at Gamescom 2021 was the debut of gameplay footage of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign mode. The development team at Sledgehammer Games prepared an extended look at what players can expect from the narrative portion of the game when it launches later this year.

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In addition to giving gamers the first extended look at one of the game’s campaign missions, the Gamescom presentation also introduced the actor behind one of the game’s main characters: Laura Bailey as Soviet sniper Polina Petrova. A Lieutenant in the Red Army’s 138th Rifle Division, Petrova is inspired by several female sharpshooters who aided Allied Forces on the Eastern Front.

“What really grabbed me when I began playing Polina is that she is fearless,” Bailey said. “She has nothing left to lose, so she’s able to commit herself completely to the mission at hand. Nothing can scare her. Nothing could make her turn away. She was never meant to be fighting in the war. Originally, she was assigned to be a nurse, treating soldiers injured in battle. When all hell broke loose in Stalingrad though, she didn’t think twice about stepping up. She essentially became one of the deadliest snipers the war had seen.”

Call of Duty fans will get their chance to step into Petrova’s shoes when Vanguard launches on November 5, 2021, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC. Players who own either the PS4 or PS5 console also have an opportunity to take Call of Duty: Vanguard for a spin starting August 27 when the free alpha weekend session kicks off. The session is available for all Sony console owners and interested parties can begin preloading the alpha now.

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