Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies – The Next Chapter in the Dark Ether Saga

Immerse yourself in Call of Duty®: Vanguard Zombies with Craig Houston, Tony Berdard and Gavin Locke of Treyarch, who answer a few questions about

Stalingrad, 1944. The tombs of many fallen soldiers move as the magic of the Dark Ether animates the bodies of the dead. This is Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies, developed by Treyarch Studios in the franchise's first crossover, with new characters and new horrors awaiting your arrival when Vanguard is released on November 5th. 

Watch Video HERE to the localized trailer of the new Zombies chapter in Vanguard 

The four-person co-op mode continues to expand with what we learned of the Dark Ether in the first experience 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 unite with the Dark Ether entities to gain immeasurable powers… but at what cost? 

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Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies

The Story of Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies – “Der Anfang” 

It all started with the opening of the Dark Ether portal in Projekt Endstation. After the Nazi experiments went catastrophically wrong and ripped a hole through the dimensional vein, the effects went even further. More than we will ever know. 

Our Special Forces operators are lost in icy Stalingrad, without reinforcements and without communication thanks to the macabre magic of Kortifex, the immortal. Kortifex is one of five Dark Ether entities linked to mortals by alien artifacts. The other four – Saraxis, the Shadow; Norticus the Conqueror; Inviktor the Destroyer and Bellekar the Bruxok – turned against Kortifex. 

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“Der Anfang” – or “The Beginning” – introduces these characters through their artifacts to players. Stolen by Oberführer Wolfram Von List, the battalion's lead officer, Die Wahrheit, they can turn the tables on the battlefield. 

Von List is now linked to Kortifex and can reanimate the dead, and the Stalingrad battlefield is the best place for this as the scene of one of the great defeats of the Nazis in the war. The only hope is Professor Gabriel Krafft, a demonologist who was forced to locate the artifacts, issued a distress signal – which brought our operators there. With him and the four entities, perhaps there is a way to stop the undead horde from taking over Europe. 

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Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies

Straight into fun – a new zombie experience: Returning to WWII, Zombies mode goes back to its origins. Armed with Vanguard technology created by Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch brings an immersive new environment for fans old and new. Travel with the power of the dark aether through various environments – a penthouse in Hotel Royal during a storm or swamps in Shi No Numa. “Der Anfang” brings new upgrades, such as the Altar of Pacts 

New powers: altar of covenants: Offer the new loot item 'Sacrificed Heart' to the Altar of Covenants to earn random rewards each time you reach a goal, these can be items that recharge unequipped weapons, items that turn zombies into allies, and blockade of map areas. Each altar will have its own news. The new powers will be essential to overcome new enemies like the Sturmkrieger and the explosive Boom Schreiers. 

Connected between modes and platform - the mode comes with Cross-Play and Cross-Gen, plus a unified battle pass progression and player progression between Vanguard, Warzone and Zombies. see the full blog post to have all the details 

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Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies

Clearing the doubts about the new Call of Duty®: Vanguard Zombie experience with the Treyarch team: To help fans better understand Call of Duty's new Zombie experience, which arrives on November 5th with the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard bringing the next chapter of the Dark Ether story to Activision invited part of Treyarch's team to give more details of the experience. Craig Houston, the Chief Screenwriter; Tony Bedard, Senior Screenwriter and Gavin Locke, Associate Design Director, prepare special material behind the scenes of the Dark Ether of Zombies universe, going into the story and gameplay of “Der Anfang”, answering questions like: 

About the history of Zombies in Vanguard 

  • How does Vanguard's Zombies advance in the Dark Ether storyline? 
  • Who is the new villain? 
  • What are the other entities of the Dark Ether? 
  • How do human characters interact with these entities? 
  • How do Special Forces Operators fit into this? 
  • How does this affect the Vanguard Zombies setting? 
  • See a behind-the-scenes trailer of Vanguard Zombies HERE 

What about gameplay and starting mechanisms 

  • How is the start of a match? 
  • What types of enemies will players face? 
  • What happens when a player accomplishes a goal? 
  • How does the altar of covenants work? 
  • How does this change the main gameplay? 
  • What types of weapons will players be able to use on Zombies in Vanguard? 
  • How long does a match last? 
  • How has the experience as a whole changed? 
  • What can new Zombie players find in “Der Anfang”? 
  • What should the most assiduous Zombie players look out for in “Der Anfang”? 

To see all the details and answers go to the full blog post (In English). 

Make your pre-purchase

Battle Von List and Kortifex the Deathless when Vanguard arrives on November 5th. Visit the official website and pre-purchase digitally to win operator Arthur Kingsley and the “Night Raid” submachine gun masterpiece design for use in Black ops cold war e Warzone now. 

Book to preload the game and have access once it's launch time. Remembering that the game is scheduled for release PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox series s, Xbox One, PC via as of November 5th. The new Call of Duty: Warzone experience will be released later this year at a future date. Call of Duty: Vanguard will only be available in digital copies in Brazil. 

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