Sledgehammer Games has revealed four of its multiplayer operators that are set to appear in Call of Duty: Vanguard when it releases on Nov. 5, 2021.
The operator reveal took place on the official PlayStation blog in a post published early on Monday, Oct. 25. Two Sledgehammer narrative staff authored the post: narrative lead Stephen Rhodes and senior narrative designer Robert Lo. Together, they pulled back the curtain on Call of Duty (COD): Vanguard's "human element that makes up the heart [of the game]."
Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer Operators Revealed
Four operators were revealed in total—two leads from the single-player campaign and two available in the multiplayer campaign.
1. Arthur Kingsley
Arthur was originally born in Cameroon—located in central Africa. He was educated in England and served as a British paratrooper for the majority of the war. In Vanguard, Arthur is the head officer of a Special Operations Task Force sent to uncover the truth behind Projekt Phoenix in Germany. He is defined by his "unwavering devotion to the mission and his compassion for his fellow soldiers," placing the responsibility for their lives squarely on his own shoulders. Rhodes described him as "smart and charismatic, as well as brave and heroic."
2. Polina Petrova
Polina was revealed via one of the very first gameplay videos ever released for Vanguard. Her story begins as a Russian nurse whose town was devastated by the war. From there, she picks up a sniper rifle and becomes one of the most lethal markswomen of that era. She was feared by Nazi forces—directly inspired by the sniper women of the Eastern Front. Petrova is another member of the Task Force sent into Germany alongside Kingsley.
"Her story isn’t just about revenge for what happened to her home and her family. It’s a story about loss, displacement, grief, but also prejudice," Rhodes wrote.
3. Daniel Take Yatsu
Daniel is a Japanese American drafted into the war effort to defend the United States at a time when the country "did not consider him an equal citizen." His family was sent to the Japanese concentration camps during the war, contributing to his "ambivalent" feelings about the nation he is meant to protect and serve. Still, he fights to keep his fellow soldiers safe and to eventually see the place the U.S. could grow to become.
4. Padmavati Balan
Padmavati's story is one of unwavering tenacity. Displaced twice by colonizers and fascists, respectively, she represents the duality between "fighter and peaceful civilian." Padmavati is both a skilled soldier adept in fighting through the jungle and a "battle-weary" nurse with a love of music and poetry. She one day hopes to see a free, liberated India that is governed by its own people.