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Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date, battle pass and latest news

It's all change in the world of Call of Duty with the Vanguard Season 1 release date.

Published: Wednesday, 8th December 2021 at 1:47 pm

The Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date is here, and the launch time is very close, with Activision all set to kick off its first series of online content that will tie Call of Duty: Vanguard together with the free Warzone game.


Following on from the recent CoD Warzone event, Vanguard Season 1 will feature the arrival of the new Call of Duty Warzone map known as Pacific Caldera.

So if you're wondering when exactly you can jump into Vanguard Season 1, and what it will actually entail, we've compiled those key details for you below. Check it out!

Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date

The Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date will take place on Wednesday 8th December 2021 for players in the UK and beyond, the official Call of Duty blog has announced. So today's the day you'll be able to jump in and enjoy all the new content.

Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 launch time

What time will Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 be released? We now know the answer to that question.

The official Call of Duty blog has confirmed that Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 will start at 5pm GMT on 8th December for British fans, meaning that these will be the regional unlock times on both sides of the Atlantic:

  • USA: 9am ET or 12pm PT
  • UK: 5pm GMT
  • Central Europe: 6pm CEST

Is there a Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 roadmap?

The official CoD Vanguard Season 1 roadmap.

The official CoD Vanguard Season 1 roadmap.

There is! The above image shows you what the plans are for the start of Vanguard Season 1 and, as you can see, Activision is not taking things slowly when it starts and we will have a ton to do when we get to play it.

The info-stuffed image tells us that the launch of CoD Vanguard Season 1 will bring new maps called Paradise and Rader to Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer as well as a new mode called Control and some new perks.

The picture also shows that the zombies side of Vanguard will be getting an overhaul with a new objective called Purge as well as new challenges, weapons, covenants and more.

Also during Season 1, Vanguard-themed content in Warzone will include the new Caldera map, a new Rebirth Island map, a new Gulag and some new combat vehicles and game modes, so there will be plenty of stuff to enjoy whether you're a paying Vanguard customer or just a fan of the freebies on Warzone.

What new weapons and operators will be in Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1?

The new operators in Vanguard Season 1 are Lewis, Francis and Isabella, together known as Task Force Trident. And as for new weapons, these are the ones that have been confirmed for Vanguard Season 1:

  • Cooper Carbine
  • Sawtooth
  • Katana
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Riffle
  • Welgun

What do we know about the Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass?

While there is still plenty to be revealed as the season rolls along, we do know a few exciting details about the Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass.

Activision stated on the Call of Duty blog: "When Season One launches on December 8, all Warzone players can gain access to everything that Vanguard brought to the arsenal and barracks."

This includes 40 weapons, comprised of the "core 38 weapons from Vanguard’s launch, plus two free functional weapons in the Season One Battle Pass".

Activision confirmed that "these can be personalized with unlocked camouflage, and every ballistics-based weapon can be further customized with up to 10 attachments through the Gunsmith".

Activision also promised "more than a dozen operators", teasing them like so: "Each of the Operators from S.O.T.F. 002–005 are ready to drop in alongside Special Operations Task Force 006 arriving this season…"

Does Vanguard Season 1 have cross-progression with Warzone?

When is the new Warzone map release date?

Yes, Vanguard Season 1 will have cross-progression with Warzone. As Activision promised in its aforementioned blog post: "At the start of the season, cross-progression between Vanguard and Warzone will be enabled, allowing you to rank up through Seasonal Prestige and unlock new content through the Battle Pass and Challenges."

The blog post added: "Also, expect the Store in both games to contain new Bundles featuring Vanguard content."

There will also be calling cards, emblems and more ways to "show off your progress in Vanguard since launch to everyone in Warzone."

Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 trailer

If you want a Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 trailer then you are in luck as one was just released. Here it is below and it should give you an idea of what to expect when you first set foot on Caldera.

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