Stalingrad, 1944. The mass graves of fallen soldiers stir as Dark Aether magic animates the deadâ€™s limbs. This is Call Of Duty Vanguard Zombies, developed by Treyarch Studios in a franchise-first crossover featuring new characters and new horrors awaiting your arrival when Vanguard launches on 5 November 2021.
The four-person co-op mode continues and expands on the Dark Aether story first experienced in Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War. Set in World War II in the ruins of Stalingrad, this new incarnation of Zombies takes players to the darkest corners of the occult, where mortals bond with Dark Aether entities to gain immeasurable powerâ€¦ but at what cost?
The Story of Vanguard Zombies â€” â€œDer Anfangâ€
Our Special Forces operatives are stranded in the snowy graveyard of Stalingrad, with no backup and no means of communication, held in by the dark magic of Kortifex the Deathless. Kortifex is one of five Dark Aether entities bonded with mortals via their otherworldly artifacts. The other four â€” Saraxis the Shadow, Norticus the Conqueror, Inviktor the Destroyer, and Bellekar the Warlock â€” are in revolt against Kortifex.
â€œDer Anfangâ€ â€” or â€œThe Beginningâ€ â€” introduces players to these Dark Aether entities via their artifacts, which were plundered by antagonist OberfÃ¼hrer Wolfram Von List. This officer was in command of the Die Wahrheit battalion in search of mystical antiquities to help turn the tide of the war in the Nazisâ€™ favour.
Check out the Q&A with Treyarchâ€™s Craig Houston, Tony Bedard, and Gavin Locke attached to answer some of your most pressing questions about â€œDer Anfang,â€ the next chapter in the Dark Aether saga.
Straight to the Fun â€” A Brand-New Zombies Experience
By reentering the World War II setting, Zombies returns to its roots in the era where Call of DutyÂ® Zombies first got its start. In this new chapter, Treyarch Studios has utilized Sledgehammer Gamesâ€™ powerful Vanguard tech to immerse players in a brutal new environment that will appeal to longtime fans and new players alike.
Get right to the action and step into a portal, transporting you via Dark Aether magic to the crux of the fight, whether that means battling the undead on the rain-spattered rooftops of the Hotel Royal or trudging through the swamps of fan-favourite Shi No Numa. Between objectives, explore the ever-expanding forward operating base in Stalingrad to access classic upgrades such as Perks, weapon upgrades, and the Pack-a-Punch. In Vanguard Zombies, itâ€™s not long before youâ€™re wading knee-deep in the undead.
â€œDer Anfangâ€ introduces new upgrades to the Zombies experience as well, such as the powerful Altar of Covenants.
New Powers: The Altar of Covenants
Offer the new Sacrificial Heart loot item to the Altar of Covenants to choose from a variety of upgrades that randomize each time you return from an objective. As just a few examples, players can pick Ammo Gremlin to reload non-equipped weapons over time, Brain Rot to turn zombies into allies, or Unholy Ground to hold down chokepoints and objectives.
The randomization of these upgrades on offer adds a unique spin to every match. Paired with your other weapons and abilities, the Altar of Covenants can create unique gameplay builds never before experienced in Zombies.
Connected Across All Modes and Platforms
- Cross-Play and Cross-Gen:Â Just as in Multiplayer, Zombies players can gather across platforms and generations so that you can team up with your best allies, no matter what platform they play on.
- Unified Battle Pass and Player Progression:Â Advance through Vanguardâ€™s Battle Pass system via unified progression between Multiplayer, Call of DutyÂ®: Warzoneâ„¢, and Zombies. Your player level is shared between the modes, too, so youâ€™re always progressing in tandem for a fully unified experience.
Digital pre-orders also grant you access to an early pre-load of the game, so youâ€™re ready to fight right on the gameâ€™s 5 November 2021 launch. All digital pre-orders include the Frontline Weapons Pack, featuring one seven-attachment and one eight-attachment SMG Weapon Blueprint for Vanguard. Get more rewards for ordering the Digital Cross-Gen Bundle or the Ultimate Edition.