The last aspect of Call of Duty: Vanguard was officially revealed earlier today when Activision released a new Zombies trailer. Previously, the information surrounding the undead mode was minimal at best. Fans knew Treyarch was at the helm of Zombies for a second consecutive year and that Nazi Zombies would return in some shape or form.
The new released trailer isn’t too long but it’s enough for fans at the moment. It showcases German soldiers plotting something out and overlooking explosions in the distance. As expected, the World War II Germans are the main villains in both the Vanguard campaign and Zombies mode. As for the rest of the trailer, fans got to see classic Zombies action return in spades.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies trailer
The Dark Aether storyline is making a return in Vanguard Zombies, as the Call of Duty tweeted today. Basing information off of the trailer, it appears that the main Dark Aether villain is allied with the Nazi soldiers and that players must stop both of them.
In order to do this, players will seemingly use a mixture of World War II weapons from multiplayer in conjunction with some magical items. The trailer showcases several crystals, skulls and other items of the like that will likely be some kind of upgrade in the mode.
Your mission: Stop the undead army with new powers from the Dark Aether… 😈
Full #Vanguard Zombies reveal dropping at 10AM PT. pic.twitter.com/H99cUNk2WN
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) October 14, 2021
There are also several portals spread out across the map, which seem to lead to multiplayer maps in Vanguard. A specific portal clearly led to Hotel Royal, a confirmed map in Vanguard multiplayer. One leaker, Tom Henderson, stated that these portals will feature multiplayer maps that have been overrun with Zombies, changing their visual landscape.
One final tease that the trailer showcased was the small glimpse of Shi No Numa returning. This map is the third Zombies map in Call of Duty: World At War and is confirmed to be returning in Vanguard. ModernWarzone’s Twitter account shows the small trailer snippet in a recent tweet. However, it’s unclear what role Shi No Numa will play in Vanguard Zombies.
Shi No Numa, the 3rd zombies map EVER originally from Call of Duty World at War, can be seen in the Zombies reveal trailer for #Vanguard. Here it is frame by frame. pic.twitter.com/7L706two1R
— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) October 14, 2021
Vanguard Zombies appears to be off to a solid start. However, fans are still unsure what’s coming at launch in terms of maps and other mechanics. Activision should answer those questions over the next few weeks.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.