When is round-based Zombies gameplay coming to Call of Duty: Vanguard?

Based on an April blog post, it should be here soon.

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The year-long life of Call of Duty: Vanguard is slowly coming to an end.

Activision has already started revealing trailers and information about the franchise’s next title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. But before the next game in the series comes out, there’s still one major aspect of Vanguard that longtime Call of Duty fans are waiting on: round-based Zombies gameplay.

The Zombies mode is a staple in many editions of the Call of Duty franchise. Zombies in Vanguard, however, is not among the most popular iterations of the mode. Many fans were unhappy about the developers’ decision to not offer traditional round-based Zombies gameplay.

But classic Zombies fans got some good news on that front in April when Treyarch published a blog post detailing its plans for the mode throughout the rest of the year. The devs said at the time they were planning on “focusing its efforts on the groundwork required to bring round-based Zombies to Vanguard” and that Vanguard’s next Zombies map will be “a reimagining of the full scope of Shi No Numa,” a classic map from Call of Duty: World at War.

When are round-based Zombies and the Shi No Numa remake being added to Vanguard?

Although Treyarch’s April blog post may have excited many Zombies fans, it came with a major caveat: a specific release date for both round-based Zombies and the game’s next map was not confirmed.

“While we’re extremely excited to deliver this classic style of gameplay for Vanguard players, we want to set the expectation up-front that it’s going to take some time to get it into your hands,” Treyarch said. “This involves extensive systems development from the ground-up in a variety of areas, including the design, implementation, and testing of round-based wave spawning and AI pathing, zoning systems, fast travel mechanics, Door Buys, Wall Buys, and plenty more.”

Additionally, Treyarch said at the time it planned to add the reimagining of Shi No Numa to Vanguard “after season three concludes.” And on June 14, Treyarch confirmed that the next Zombies map is coming to Vanguard on June 22.

The new content should be available as soon as season four begins after the conclusion of season three.

When does Vanguard season three end?

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Based on the current in-game timer for the Vanguard battle pass, season three should end around 11am CT on June 22. As long as there isn’t an extension of the current season’s duration or a delay to the start of the next season, Vanguard season four should begin immediately after season three ends.

This means that Zombies fans should be able to play the next Vanguard map as soon as the early afternoon of June 22.