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Sledgehammer Games is developing WWIICall of Duty: Vanguard. The studio is known for previously developing games including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. The Indian ExpressCall of Duty: Vanguard announced, full reveal on August 19

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Activision reportedly cracking down on selling of hacked Warzone accounts

CharlieINTEL.com 19 August, 2021 - 01:30am

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Warzone train gets destructive change ahead of Vanguard reveal event

CharlieINTEL.com 19 August, 2021 - 01:30am

Warzone is getting ready for Battle of Verdansk, the Vanguard reveal event, and things are already getting destructive with the train.

Call of Duty: Warzone is about to get a lot more interesting with the Battle of Verdansk event, which will ultimately reveal the next installment for the franchise, Vanguard.

Apart from the Season 5 launch, this event will draw a lot of attention and excitement to Warzone’s Verdansk, and it seems the impact of the event has already started with the Warzone train already being affected greatly.

The Battle of Verdansk event will be taking place on August 19 at approximately 10 AM PST, so make sure you tune in to obtain rewards and see the reveal for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Verdansk is the staple map of Warzone that the community has become fond of since its launch. Although we did see big changes when Verdansk ’84 was introduced, Vanguard’s release will see a whole new map for Warzone, so make the most of it while you can.

The impact of a new Call of Duty game releasing and integrating with Warzone can already be seen, as the Warzone train has been given an explosive update on Verdansk.

Today, players were surprised when they noticed the Warzone train wasn’t cruising around the map and creating gameplay opportunities. As it turns out, the train is now no longer operational.

The Warzone train can be found at a halt along its route with fire and debris around it. It seems the train may play an important role in the Battle of Verdanks event, with the Call of Duty Twitter page hinting at its importance: “This is what you’ve been training for… Less than 24 hours to go until the #BattleOfVerdansk

Who knows what the Battle of Verdansk will entail, but what we do know is that Call of Duty: Vanguard will change Warzone and Verdansk forever.

For more Warzone, check out our article on the top ten Call of Duty games according to those in the community.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s reveal will take place during the Battle of Verdansk, find out when it is, and how to play it Warzone,

With Sledgehammer Games at the helm again, CoD is returning to its World War II roots with Call of Duty: Vanguard. While concrete details on the game are sparse, a recent report claimed that Vanguard would release with a brand-new WWII-themed Warzone map.

While Call of Duty games are normally revealed in June, we’ve had to wait a little bit longer to get our first glimpse of the next installment of the legendary franchise. Finally, though, the wait is over, with the event confirmed for August 19 inside Warzone.

We know now the event will be called “The Battle of Verdansk,” and we have all the details on what it is and how you can take part.

Call of Duty games are typically announced in April or May. Following Warzone’s success and everything Activision can do with the battle royale phenomenon, they confirmed that premium CoD games will be revealed later in the year.

While Activision and Sledgehammer Games still haven’t given us an official date, we now know that Thursday, August 19 is the big day thanks to a new image on the PlayStation Store and an official announcement from the Call of Duty Twitter account.

In the image, we get our first look at the official Call of Duty: Vanguard logo, alongside confirmation that the Battle of Verdansk event will start at 10:30 AM PT inside Warzone.

You can find out the start time in your region below:

While unsurprising, the image also confirms that the Vanguard reveal will occur inside Warzone, much like last year’s Cold War announcement.

The Battle of Verdansk event was likely added as part of the Warzone Season 5 update, and it seems like players will have a fight on their hands.

The official website says the following: “Intel from command indicates you will be rewarded for taking part in the #BattleofVerdansk”

If you want to be part of it, you’ll need to make sure you’re playing Warzone at 10:30 AM PT on August 19, so you can take part live. We recommend getting online earlier than the event start time, as it’s likely that servers will be extremely busy with people trying to get involved.

Should you not be able to get on Warzone when the event takes place, streamers across Twitch and YouTube will be broadcasting it live, so you can still tune in and see what happens.

For the Cold War reveal, players were tasked with finding Woods in Verdansk before quickly making their way to Stadium to see the reveal trailer. We imagine that Vanguard will be revealed similarly, but perhaps Activision will be able to do more with the live event concept this time around for the Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal.

Activision has teased that some sort of armored vehicle will be rolling into Verdansk and that players will need to squad up to take this armored vehicle down.

The official Call of Duty Instagram just uploaded these four pictures – a teaser of the #BattleofVerdansk event on August 19th for the #Vanguard reveal. pic.twitter.com/3psPBFxkOO

It is possible that the Battle of Verdansk reveal event for Call of Duty: Vanguard will see teams working together to destroy this armored vehicle that will likely be causing havoc in the battle royale on August 19.

Those who play the event will acquire various rewards for taking part in the Battle of Verdansk. These rewards will be weapon blueprints, knife blueprints, a bike skin, a timepiece, and more.

It is likely that these items will have a WWII style in the same way the rewards from the Black Ops Cold War reveal had an 80s theme.

Teasers for the game have already been dropping, with content creators receiving videos, while Warzone’s end-game cinematic also changed.

Warzone players will have the chance to get some rewards from the Vanguard reveal event, and we have all of the latest information on how to get them.

Warzone Season 5 has been pretty exciting for those players who are still enjoying Call of Duty’s rendition of battle royale. From new weapons, which are shifting the meta, to a new operator, Warzone has been providing fans with some great new content.

However, for those unsatisfied, the reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard may have been enough to excite you for what’s to come in Warzone, especially as there could be some rewards up for grabs during the reveal event.

Call of Duty’s upcoming installment, Vanguard, has been teased like crazy over the last few months, with the developers, Sledgehammer Games, finally coming out to announce the reveal.

Although it may not have been such a surprise to those who keep up with the leaks and latest news for Call of Duty, players will finally be getting a WWII-themed Call of Duty yet again.

As well as this, Warzone players should be extremely excited to hear that there will indeed be an in-game reveal event called the Battle of Verdansk.

In order to get the Battle of Verdansk event rewards, players will need to drop into Warzone on August 19, 10:30 AM PST, which is when the event will begin.

In order to obtain the rewards, players will need to participate in the event:

“Intel from command indicates you will be rewarded for taking part in the #BattleofVerdansk”

These are the instructions Call of Duty has provided players with so far. Although we don’t yet know what the reveal event will actually look like, we can be sure that players will need to be in-game completing objectives in order to claim the rewards.

These are the following rewards we currently know of that players will receive for participating in the Battle of Verdansk Call of Duty: Vanguard reveal event:

The announcement does say that more rewards will be available, and we will probably know more about these either closer to the event date or by actually participating and receiving the rewards.

We will update this piece with all of the rewards, and the objectives players must complete to get them when they are revealed during the event on August 19.

That’s all on how you can receive the rewards from the upcoming Warzone event. For more, check out our article on how to play the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta.

Call of Duty and high sales numbers are no strangers to each other, and Call of Duty: Vanguard is expected to continue this trend in 2021.

The excitement for Call of Duty: Vanguard is at an all-time high, as Activision has officially announced that it will be the next entry in the high-profile first-person shooter franchise, with its reveal taking place in a Warzone event on August 19.

This announcement came following a string of various leaks and teasers that have helped plenty of players get excited over what the next World War II game in the Call of Duty universe will bring.

It is expected that Call of Duty: Vanguard will continue on various features and trends that Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War have implemented over the last two years, with one analyst recently predicting that it will be the latest Call of Duty title to be the best-selling game of the year following in the footsteps of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War.

According to a report by GameSpot, Matt Piscatella, Executive Director & Video Game Industry Advisor for the NPD Group, recently predicted that Call of Duty: Vanguard will be the best-selling video game in the United States in 2021.

The past decade has seen a Call of Duty game be the best-selling game every year besides 2013 and 2018, when the franchise had to go up against Rockstar Games heavyweights Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption II.

In addition to its large amount of success this past decade, Activision announced this year that the Call of Duty franchise had surpassed 400,000,000 premium game sales since the very first Call of Duty game was released in 2003, so it will not be surprising to see Vanguard continue this success in 2021.

The gaming community will have to wait until after Call of Duty: Vanguard releases to see if the newest entry in the franchise is indeed the best seller for 2021, especially when this year will see Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite both releasing as competitors in the FPS genre.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out everything you need to know about the Beta for the highly-anticipated game, and stay tuned for future coverage.

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If Call of Duty: Vanguard is anything like World at War, I'm excited

TechRadar 18 August, 2021 - 11:39am

Opinion: Vanguard should learn from its forefather

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While we were all-but certain of both those facts in the run-up to the game’s official reveal, a teaser trailer shared to Call of Duty’s official social channels confirmed a little more of what to expect when Vanguard releases – and I, for one, am excited. 

But that excitement doesn’t come from what Vanguard might introduce into the storied franchise by way of new features. Instead, I’m keen to see just how much the game harks back to the gritty realism of fan-favorite entry Call of Duty: World at War, released by developer Treyarch some 13 years ago. 

It’s worth noting that I am no huge Call of Duty fan. I’m much more of a story-driven gamer, with less of an interest in massive multiplayer modes like Warzone and more time for immersive narrative experiences à la Red Dead Redemption or The Last of Us.

It’s both hilarious and sad that COD WaW is still the best AAA WW2 shooter ever made and that game came out in 2008 lol.August 13, 2021

Vanguard, then, would do well to lean on the successes of its forefather – in terms of authenticity, especially, but also in the way it conveys that authenticity into the game’s inevitably more popular multiplayer components.

It’s likely we’ll hear more about Vanguard’s premise during the game’s more substantial release on August 19, but for now, here’s why Sledgehammer should take inspiration from World at War with its next shoot-em-up.

There is, of course, an elephant in the room. Since World at War, there’s already been a newer Call of Duty game set during World War II – the imaginatively-named Call of Duty: WW2.

Also developed by Sledgehammer games, WW2 was, in fairness, an authentic and visceral experience that placed story at the forefront of its single-player campaign. But its decision to focus entirely on the European theater of war, taking players through wintery forests and bombed-out cities, meant WW2 never boasted the scope of World at War, nor its sense of variety. 

Some of the best campaign missions in Call of Duty history took place in World at War’s chaotic Pacific battlegrounds. Little Resistance, Burn 'em Out and Breaking Point saw players traverse the beaches and palm trees of Peleliu and Okinawa with frightening realism. Kiefer Sutherland’s Sergeant Roebuck barked orders as Japanese soldiers descended from above and behind, while an unconventional soundtrack scored the mayhem to provide an altogether different experience to the game’s equally-good European missions.

How many times are we going to play through an increasingly-pretty version of the D-Day landings? As mentioned, Call of Duty: WW2 delivered a competent campaign awash with camaraderie and typically-bombastic Hollywood set-pieces, but it all felt a little, well, samey.

That sense of monotony seeped into the game’s multiplayer, too. WW2’s maps were either plucked straight from its Europe-based campaign or were re-hashed versions of modern sandboxes (an ever-so-slightly-changed version of Gibraltar, for instance, seems to appear in every Call of Duty game), which resulted in a complete absence of the open beaches and makeshift tunnel systems that World at War’s multiplayer, in comparison, so expertly adapted from its single-player.

Thankfully, judging by Vanguard’s first teaser trailer, proceedings are once again set to switch between hemispheres in the upcoming game, with some all-new desert combat also thrown in for good measure.

Join the #BattleofVerdansk and experience the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard📅 - 8/19🕥 - 10:30am PT📍 - Verdansk pic.twitter.com/N0efSm5nOAAugust 16, 2021

With any luck, Sledgehammer will also opt for World at War’s split-narrative approach to the game’s campaign, rather than having us fill the boots of a single soldier unrealistically globe-trotting their way through the Second World War's very different conflicts. 

If they could bring Kiefer Sutherland back, too, that’d be great.

Another feather in World at War’s cap – and a surprising one, given its lack of graphical fidelity – was its reluctance to shy away from the horrors of war.

Again, Call of Duty: WW2 wasn’t exactly lacking in the violence department, but it never quite captured the sense of terror experienced by soldiers on the ground in the same way as its 2008 counterpart.

Of course, the question of whether that level of realism belongs in a video game is altogether larger, but World at War’s campaign is remembered for its shock value and commitment to faithfully portraying the bullet-laden chaos. 

Who could forget that Stalingrad mission, for instance? Or storming the Reichstag with an expletive-toting Gary Oldman (Viktor Reznov) at your side?

Call of Duty: Vanguard, especially, can utilize the power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X to create a truly visceral battlefield experience – and judging by the rumors we’ve heard so far surrounding the game's graphics, it looks primed to deliver just that.

I've just watched a campaign mission of #Vanguard on the PS5 - And it's probably one of the best-looking games on current-gen consoles.It's a bold statement to make, but it looks beautiful.August 18, 2021

To be completely honest, I’m just bummed out that World at War didn’t get the next-gen (or old-gen, now) remaster it deserved, especially after the special treatment received by the entries either side of it (both Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 have been remastered in recent years).

Whether that’s because Activision considers World at War a black sheep of the franchise or because it doubts the game’s enduring commercial appeal, we’ll never know, but the studio now has a chance to make Call of Duty: Vanguard a worthy successor to one of the best first-person-shooters of the noughties. 

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Call of Duty: Warzone hackers are running out of cracked accounts to sell

PC Gamer 18 August, 2021 - 11:24am

Stolen accounts with rare cosmetics were being sold for up to $2000 a pop.

Like many online games, an underground market has circulated around acquiring and reselling valuable Warzone accounts. It's not uncommon for accounts with desirable cosmetics to sell for up to $300—with Motherboard suggesting that accounts with the extremely rare Damascus weapon skin can go for $2,000.

But apparently, tighter restrictions on account security have made it harder and harder to steal and resell accounts—including a captcha system to slow down automated account theft using hacked passwords, and better tracking systems to hunt down so-called account farms.

In one of the Discord servers investigated by Motherboard, an announcement suggests hackers are starting to pivot towards unlocking tools for existing accounts rather than selling stolen ones outright.

Older accounts containing cosmetics that are no longer available (such as one controversial Roze outfit) were particularly sought-after. But when asked when these "aged accounts" were coming back, one seller responded: "never". Unlocking a personal account with every cosmetic may sound better to some than having to play on a new account altogether, but it carries the extra risk of Activision detecting the activity and earning a permanent ban. 

Call of Duty: Warzone has been beset by a cheating epidemic for months, from "silent" aimbots to forcibly crashing streamers' games. Account selling itself hasn't stopped outright, either. But at the very least, it should be a little harder for hackers to nick and resell your Warzone account.

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