Call of Duty: no new game in 2021?

Call of Duty: no new game in 2021?

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The past few weeks have been quite eventful for fans of the Call of Duty saga. Along with the arrival of the highly anticipated Season 3 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, the community has had to contend with a whole series of turbulent rumors regarding the next installment of the series. Apparently, it looks like the new COD will mark a return to the historical period of World War II, but it would also appear that there will be a long wait before we see anything concrete.

Activision's president's recent words had already made the antennas of the fans straightened. From that interview it emerged that some time will have to pass before a new announcement is made, given that there are still several innovations in the company's plans for the games already on the market. Now it's up to rumors to add fuel to the fire, which reveal the possibility that, after a long period of annual releases, 2021 may not see the arrival of a new Call of Duty on the market.

A publishing this last rumor is the user MW2 OG, who wanted to let people know that according to what he is aware there is no confirmation that Call of Duty WWII Vanguard will arrive on the market next autumn. The new title of Activision's FPS saga, in fact, could come out much later, or in 2022; thus breaking the traditional annual release that has accompanied fans of the saga for over 2 videogame generations.

There are talks of some kind of "revamp" for MW19, or a flow of more content for it. There's so much unreleased & potentially saved for MWII. And, of course, CW at the front and center.

Lastly: "there's nothing about [vanguard] that would make it a good release this year".

- MW2 OG (@ TheMW2Ghost) April 24, 2021

With the absence of a new chapter on the market, again according to the rumor Activision would focus on several updates for Modern Warfare, the chapter released in autumn 2019. Obviously, if this rumor were to be confirmed we also expect strong support for Call of Duty Warzone, which is now proving to be the leading title for the franchise.

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Lots of Call of Duty: Warzone Players Want the Original Gulag Back

Call of Duty: Warzone got a new(ish) map last week, but many of its players are calling for the return of one of the battle royale's oldest features – the original Gulag.The Gulag Showers map was Warzone's original 1v1 map (used to give players a second chance to return to a round after being killed), and there's now a growing movement of players asking for it to be reinstated.

On Reddit, multiple popular posts have popped up the r/Warzone and r/CODWarzone communities in the last few days, reminiscing about the Showers map, and garnering hundreds of comments asking for it to be brought back to the game.

Those posts have spawned a lot of discussion around what people miss about the Showers map. Mash1003 wrote, 'Best thing about it was that it was symmetrical, no matter which side you spawned on it was the same. [...] Original gulag was fair.' iNOyThCagedBirdSings agreed: 'The slight changes between multiple gulags while maintaining equal footing for both spawns and simple layouts? God I miss it.'


Others prefer the more in-universe approach of the Showers map: 'It’s not even a gulag anymore it’s just a multiplayer map 1v1,' wrote kmac868. 'Make it a GULAG again if you’re going to call it a gulag.'

Many of the requests for Showers to return have emerged in the days since the new Verdansk '84 map was released and, with it, a brand new Gulag layout, based on Black Ops 2's Standoff map – it's also the first Gulag map to come with multiple floors. It's been a controversial addition.

'It’s horrible, wrote Tortfeasor55. 'It’s a maze made for campers. Half of my gulags we can’t even find each other.' Many have pointed to how dark the new Gulag map is, which is causing some players particular trouble. Vyduh wrote: 'It’s really hard to see people with colorblind mode on, am losing 99% of my gulags.'

By far the most common complaint, however, seems to be the increasingly complex layouts in a mode designed for a quick one-on-one that could see you returned to the main game – as warofthechosen puts it, 'I'm [tired] of these over complicated gulags.'

Of course, any addition to a competitive game – which could make otherwise seasoned players struggle to find their footing initially – will come with a certain amount of unease. Other players have relished the more complex tactics a 'busier' map offers.

'New gulag is by far the best,' wrote TragicMeerkat, 'different elevations and in an L shape 3 routes to take on ground level or go up and over through the house. More choices more chances to win I have won and lost so many different ways.'

Some have called for a Gulag map rotation, to allow for new ideas alongside the established maps. 'They should randomly cycle each of the 3 gulags every time you're in there,' wrote ColtsNetsSharks. Some would prefer a more ambitious approach to the recent uses of existing Call of Duty maps as Gulags, with aizok suggesting, 'Honestly i like current gulags but i wish they would rotate between games like have small parts of every fan fave [multiplayer] map and put them in.'

No matter the fan response, it seems unlikely right now that the original Gulag map will return, after associate creative director Amos Hodge said the original Verdansk map will never be used again in Warzone. Gulag Showers could well be seen as a part of that original map set-up and, with Raven seemingly prioritising new ideas, Showers might be deemed surplus to requirements too.

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