KEY POINTS

  • Activision confirmed it is working on a new "Call of Duty" installment
  • However, it hasn't shared details on the game's official reveal or release
  • An insider shared information on how the title would be released

The next "Call of Duty" installment, reportedly called "Vanguard," is expected to launch this year. While Activision has chosen to shroud the game in mystery, how the game would be unveiled may have been revealed in a recent leak.

Activision might release a new "Call of Duty" game in 2021 and it appears that "Call of Duty: Warzone" would play a crucial role in the game's official launch. Industry insider Alaix COD recently shared on Twitter an interesting audio clip, which could offer some clues about the official reveal of the upcoming "COD" installment. In the audio recording, one could hear the sound of a call warning listeners about an incoming AC-130 assault.

The AC-130 is an iconic armored gunship that has been featured in "Modern Warfare 2" and in other "Call of Duty" titles. The leaked audio and the mention of the gunship triggered many people, especially "MW2" fans to speculate that Activision might be planning to involve the gunship in the official reveal of "Call of Duty 2021."

In another tweet, the insider said, "Vanguard reveal on WZ is going to be INSANE, just saying."

A woman walks past a bus advertising video game "Call of Duty" made by Activision Blizzard, which is being accused of workplace harassment of female employees A woman walks past a bus advertising video game "Call of Duty" made by Activision Blizzard, which is being accused of workplace harassment of female employees Photo: AFP / JEWEL SAMAD

Data miners The Cheeseburger Boys replied to the tweet with a clip containing the line, "A bomb's been planted on our ammo supply." The line is from "Call of Duty: WW2," which hints at the upcoming game's possible return to that particular era. This also aligns with earlier rumors that "Call of Duty 2021" or "Call of Duty: Vanguard" would be set in the Second World War era.

However, some fans wonder how the game developers would make the said event possible in "Call of Duty: Warzone." Right now, the game is set in the 1980s and for the AC-130 to be relevant, the game would need to go back four decades into the past. The developers may also have to roll out another redesign to the game's Verdansk map and stretch its narrative to make the supposed event possible and consistent. 

Activision has not yet said anything about the official reveal of "Call of Duty 2021." While the industry insider provided accurate leaks in the past, the details revealed in the recent leak are not official.

Until Activision reveals its plans on the official reveal of its next "Call of Duty" installment, fans should take these details with a pinch of salt.