As in the past few Call of Duty games, in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer game modes, you’ll be picking an operator to play as for the match. Each of Vanguard’s operators has their own backstory, and developer Sledgehammer Games has introduced four of them – including two characters who play pivotal roles in Vanguard’s single-player campaign.
Front and centre is Arthur Kingsley, the protagonist of Vanguard’s narrative campaign. He’s a special forces soldier who was born in Cameroon and educated in England, and enlisted in the army as a paratrooper during World War II. Sledgehammer says he was the first character the studio created for Vanguard, and his important traits – in particular, a natural sense for true leadership – have been at his core since the start of Vanguard’s development.
Next up is Russian sniper Polina Petrova, who also appears in the single-player campaign. Sledgehammer says over the course of Vanguard’s story, we’ll see her transformation from a nurse who yearned to join the battle into a fearsome soldier feared by the Nazis and celebrated by her fellow soldiers.