If you can forgive us for the morning break, Call of Duty Vanguard just gave us a good reason to blow the barracks trumpet: the first images have just been leaked, as well as the cover illustration (box art, for the sake of brevity). Only the latter, however, is still available online with (very) relative ease.
We have already talked about Tom Henderson recently, and now the insider has leaked some images of the game. Activision is responding with lightning speed in removing the images from the network, but as the so-called “Streisand effect” wants, this only confirms the veracity of the leak: the images are real.
This also means that, as you may have guessed, we will not be able to post here the box art and the first leaked images of Call of Duty Vanguard. We have confirmation that this will be the official title of the game, but we cannot go further than an example to show you the timeliness with which the publisher has acted in the past few hours (despite the screenshots are apparently available in other games).
As you can see below, Idle Sloth on Twitter has posted several links to the images, but albeit at the writing of the article the post below includes one it is more than plausible that it will soon be replaced with a generic (forced) removal notice. However, insider Henderson has already had the opportunity to confirm the authenticity of the screens.
(Leaked) Call of Duty: Vanguard Box Art 👀
– Idle Sloth (@ IdleSloth84) August 12, 2021
Activision’s vehemence is more than understandable given what the company has been going through recently. After the different scandals on the climate in the office, which has become unsustainable for female staff and cost the company the loss of many important sponsors, it is clear that the publisher wants to turn the page as soon as possible thanks (also) to its flagship franchise.
In addition to purely commercial intentions, the company has also made more changes concrete to its staff. Right this morning, in fact, Kotaku confirmed that Jesse McCree, leading designer for many titles (and specifically director of Diablo 4), is no longer part of the historical staff.