A First Look at the Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign Mission — Stalingrad Summer
During Gamescom, Sledgehammer Games showed off the “Stalingrad Summer” mission from the game’s Campaign. An intermediate part of the game’s full single-player story, “Stalingrad Summer” is based on the initial invasion of the city – through Polina’s perspective, we see her family, home, and life destroyed before her very eyes, which ultimately sparks her transformation into the deadly sniper that rises up to defend her home come winter.
“Players will experience the city before it was invaded in the summer of 1942,” Swenson said of the missions that take place on the Eastern Front, “giving players the chance to see and feel the beautiful city, in the summertime, untouched by war. Players will also experience the city near the end of the 6-month battle, in the winter of 1943. Here, players will be able to fight on the snowy landscape of the Russian winter that was so iconic in WWII.”
In the gameplay footage shown at Gamescom, we see a soldier — Polina Petrova — shell-shocked and buried under rubble following an aerial attack that left all her comrades dead or MIA. Pushing herself to the surface, she comes to her senses and realizes what she must do to defeat these invaders: get back to her home and save her brother Misha.
As we see in the playthrough, Petrova stealthily eliminates a hostile search crew, saves a few hostages, and maneuvers her way onto the rooftops as she returns to her apartment. There, on the cold tile floor, she finds the weapon that helped her slay dozens of Axis infantry in her sharpshooting career: a three-line Sniper Rifle she calls Requiem.
It is the key to saving another group of captive civilians, but at this point, her cover is blown. Eliminating reinforcements and avoiding a tank column, the player-controlled Operator takes to an air duct only to find herself at the foot of another guard. She remains silent just long enough to silently assassinate him, but the rage inside her, pent up after these intruders destroyed her home, finally boils over. Immediately after subduing another guard, she lights a Molotov Cocktail, hurls it at a trio of guards, and hits another with her scopeless bolt-action rifle.
Then everything gets hot: numerous soldiers rush in to take Petrova dead or alive, but the 138th Rifle Division’s elite sniper dispatches every one of them… until smoke rolls in and an unseen enemy knocks her unconscious.
This is a taste of the full level of gameplay shown — and afterward, we get to see a 30,000 foot view of the other three fronts to be won through the game’s Campaign, from airdropping over France to dogfighting over the Midway Islands and blasting through advancing forces in North Africa. From here on out, expect much more information and gameplay footage as Call of Duty: Vanguard marches toward a November 5 release date.