What you need to know
- Call of Duty: Vanguard's rollout of Season 1 has been delayed until December 8.
- Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive access to Warzone's new map, Caldera.
- The delay comes as Activision struggles with the fallout of reports detailing its CEO's mishandling of harassment accusations.
- Employees have staged walkouts and signed petitions urging for Bobby Kotick's resignation.
There are few things in this world as reliable as Call of Duty. The annual franchise is rarely at odds with its formulaic scheduling. On Friday, November 19, the official Call of Duty account tweeted an announcement that the upcoming Season One content — originally planned for December 2 — would now be pushed back until December 8.
Season one for Call of Duty: Vanguard is slated to bring new content for multiplayer and zombies, as well as make changes to Warzone with the new Pacific map, Caldera. Players who own Call of Duty: Vanguard will have 24 hours of early access to the Caldera map, which is now expected to launch in Warzone for everybody on December 9. The Last Days of Verdansk events in Warzone will be extended to the new release date.
Update: Season 1 of #Vanguard and Warzone Pacific will now release Dec. 8.
Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. pic.twitter.com/GnnYCp6g75Update: Season 1 of #Vanguard and Warzone Pacific will now release Dec. 8.
Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. pic.twitter.com/GnnYCp6g75— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) November 19, 2021November 19, 2021
The delay comes about as Call of Duty's publisher, Activision, struggles with the fallout surrounding reports from The Wall Street Journal that CEO Bobby Kotick knew about the sexual misconduct allegations against his employees but did nothing. Activision was already experiencing backlash following a lawsuit alleging labor violations and a 'frat boy' culture at the company. However, the reports from WSJ helped spur a series of employee walkouts across Activision.
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