The rivalry between Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042 has already got dirty, as Activision try to one-up EA’s Hazard Zone reveal.
It’s been a long time since Battlefield has seemed like a serious rival to Call Of Duty but his year’s launch of Battlefield 2042 is clearly going to be a much closer run race, with Vanguard so far not generating the usual amount of hype for Call Of Duty.
Publishers EA and Activision haven’t really acknowledged this fact themselves, sensibly staying above the fanboy arguments. Or at least that was the case until Activision scheduled their Zombies reveal at the exact same time as EA’s Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone unveiling.
EA originally announced that it would unveil Hazard Zone – the secret third game mode for Battlefield 2042 – on Thursday, October 14 at 4pm BST. That all seemed fine until Activision said they’d be unveiling Zombies mode for Call Of Duty: Vanguard at the exact same time.
There were only a few hours between the two announcements, so either it was a weird coincidence or Activision was sitting at its computer waiting for EA to go first so they could try and trump them.
Of course, we’ll never find out which it is, but it’ll be interesting if YouTube and Twitch figures give an indication of which was the most watched.
Officially, Hazard Zone is a mystery but EA has hinted that it’s similar to but not actually a battle royale mode, with rumours suggesting that it may be more similar to Escape From Tarkov.
Zombies mode is obviously much more of a known quantity but despite Sledgehammer making the campaign and multiplayer modes for Vanguard, Treyarch will be handling Zombies this year.
Treyarch are the ones that originally created the concept, for 2008’s World At War, but usually it’s left to whoever’s making that year’s game to develop the mode.
All the Call Of Duty developers have been pitching in lately, because of the pandemic, but Activision is also promoting this Zombies as a ‘franchise crossover’, since it will also act as a prequel to Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode.
Call Of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.
Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC. Or November 12 for the more expensive Gold and Ultimate Editions.
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