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Treyarch and Sledgehammer Collaborating on Call of Duty: Vanguard Ranked Play

Treyarch Studios and Sledgehammer Games are working to bring a "new level" of Ranked Play to Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Treyarch Studios and Sledgehammer Games are working to bring a "new level" of Ranked Play to Call of Duty: Vanguard. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Treyarch Studios and Sledgehammer Games are working to bring a "new level" of Ranked Play to Call of Duty: Vanguard, Activision announced Friday.

The announcement was made on Twitter, as the official COD account wrote that in collaboration with the Call of Duty League, the two studios are working on a timeline that would see Ranked Play support added to Call of Duty: Vanguard post-launch in 2022.

Within minutes, the Treyarch Twitter quote-tweeted the announcement to add that they're specifically focusing on helping Sledgehammer on aspects such as competitive modes, ranked skill divisions, visible skill ratings and new competitive rewards.

Soon after, the CDL's Jack Felling also tweeted that several pro players have been involved with the project as well.

With a title that's had as much of a long-established competitive multiplayer scene as Call of Duty, it should be no surprise that Ranked Play has also long been among the highest priorities its community has kept its eye on with each new iteration over the years.

Ever since Black Ops II's debut League Play mode, however, it seems fans have been pretty disappointed with Call of Duty's ranked offerings, especially in recent years due to the competitive playlists routinely coming out months after launch, if at all.

While it appears that the exact release date of Ranked Play will have to wait at least until 2022, which makes sense considering the barrage of content that is set to arrive with Season One and Warzone Pacific, some are speculating that the competitive Vanguard system will release sometime around the start of the CDL season in February.