Activision Blizzard has delayed the release of season one for Call of Duty: Vanguard as well as Warzone's new Pacific map, Caldera.
In a tweet, the publisher confirmed that Vanguard's first season has been pushed back a week, alongside Warzone's upcoming new map. Both will now release on December 8, for which Vanguard players will have a "24-hour exclusive first play" to play Warzone's new map from that date. Open access for all Warzone players is scheduled to go live on December 9.
"Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9," the company explained in a tweet, which offered no further information about the reasons behind the delay.
Update: Season 1 of #Vanguard and Warzone Pacific will now release Dec. 8. Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. pic.twitter.com/GnnYCp6g75November 19, 2021
The delay follows a new report earlier this week that revealed multiple details about allegations of sexual misconduct at Activision Blizzard's studios. Following a statement from Activision Blizzard, ABetterABK - a worker's alliance at the company - staged a walkout. The group issued a statement on Twitter, in which they also call for Bobby Kotick to be replaced as CEO.
"There's enough to Call of Duty: Vanguard to make it one of the better recent installments - up there with Modern Warfare and better than Cold War," we said in GamesRadar+'s Call of Duty: Vanguard review.
"The story starts slow and its smaller character-focused framing might not be for everyone but the levels themselves are all great little stories in their own right and do a good job of making you like the characters.
"The final levels mesh everyone together in a beautifully clever way as gameplay passes you from one to the next depending on what's needed. And, with the single-player done, the multiplayer feels like something I'll happily settle in for a few rounds of an evening for a while to come. I'm going to need a bit of time to think about where this sits in the COD rankings but right now it's up somewhere high for me."
For everything we know about the events that lead up to this new report, check out our reporting on the Activision Blizzard lawsuit.