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‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ release date: Official reveal could happen next week, leaker claims ‘new anti-cheat system’ is in development

From the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” season 5 cinematic trailer | Photo credit: Call of Duty channel / YouTube screenshot

Fall 2021 is going to be a jam-packed season for first-person shooter game fans, and Activision is expected to join the competition with its next “Call of Duty” game. The next iteration is rumored to be titled “Vanguard,” reports claim it could be revealed next week.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’ announcement is rumored for next week

Some of the biggest FPS titles launching in the coming months have already been revealed, including EA’s “Battlefield 2042,” while 343 Industries’ “Halo Infinite” has already completed its first technical previews. This month, Activision is rumored to make a move in promoting “Call of Duty: Vanguard.”

Twitter user @NEXTGEN_ishere was the first to claim that “Call of Duty: Vanguard” would be revealed on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10:45 a.m. PT. However, Tom Henderson reported via DualShockers that the original tweet has been removed following a DMCA claim. While the copyright strike is not necessarily a confirmation, and it is unclear if Activision was the one who initiated it, such an incident is widely perceived as a sign that taken-down posts might have contained some pertinent information on unreleased games.

Henderson, a leaker who often has accurate reports on upcoming FPS titles, said in his own tweet that the Aug. 19 information was “verified” by four people. Henderson’s own tweet had also been deleted, but a copy can still be viewed, as of this writing, through the same DualShockers report. The leaker said some details about the “Call of Duty: Vanguard” announcement were revealed, “under NDA to select people.”

Activision might finally address massive cheating issue

In a more recent tweet, Henderson claimed that a new anti-cheat system that would be used on “Call of Duty: Vanguard” has been in development for more than a year. There were not many details provided, and it is still unknown how exactly the new program will work. But the same source added that it could also be implemented on Activision’s free-to-play multiplayer “Warzone.”

“Call of Duty” developers have been banning large numbers of cheaters from time to time. On Wednesday, Raven Software said it banned 50,000 accounts from “Warzone.”

However, many players feel that the game still lacks a more proactive system to ward off the cheaters. While Activision or any of its “Call of Duty” studios has yet to announce anything concrete yet, Raven said, “More importantly, we are listening and hard at work behind the scenes. We will have more info for you soon.”

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