So far, Treyarch has had a bit of a hard time getting fans involved in the Dark Aether story. The often overused concept of Russia versus the United States that was seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was not for everyone, and while the Dark Aether entities of Call of Duty: Vanguard are interesting, the gameplay of the mode has been so unpopular that few have paid attention to the narrative. However, the release of Call of Duty: VanguardThe first round-based map has once again got fans talking.
While many are happy to see a traditional survival map on Call of Duty: Vanguard, others are stunned by the huge plot twist within Shi No Numa Reborn. On one of the radios on the map, Gabriel Krafft names Scarlett Rhodes’ father, Alistair. If that wasn’t enough, the Sentinel Artifact appears at the end of the mission, a key element of the Chaos story. For a few reasons, Treyarch’s decision to tie the Chaos story and the Dark Aether story together is a game changer that could get fans more invested in both storylines.
Chaos story was standalone before Call of Duty: Vanguard
anyone familiar with call of duty: black ops 4 Zombies will remember that the Chaos narrative was kept entirely separate from the Aether timeline. This was understandable, as there were different rules within the Chaos universe. Prima Materia was a stand-in for 115, for example, while the Chaos story as a whole focused heavily on mythology. Treyarch didn’t mince words with this aspect of their new narrative either, as players battled the Eye of Odin and learned that Medusa was the main villain of the narrative.
It’s not entirely clear how exactly Treyarch plans to justify this different tone and mythological approach within the Dark Aether universe. Perhaps figures like Medusa could reconfigure themselves into dark aether entities, or perhaps Treyarch could be opening up the concept of a multiverse once again. While this certainly got a bit complicated with the Aether narrative, other universes might be a good way to explain these differences in history. While there’s always the possibility that this is just a different version of Alistair Rhodes, just as Eddie is different from Richtofen, the sudden decision to retrieve items like the Sentinel artifacts seems more deliberate.
Treyarch Can Finally Give Chaos Story Fans Closure
While it might be hard to canonize the Chaos story, the fact that it’s actually happening is exciting. This narrative allowed Treyarch to do things that he simply couldn’t do in a more solid story like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s, and the fights with mythological creatures like werewolves were a nice change of pace. Unique places like Ancient Greece were a joy to experience, and weapons like the Primordial Hands were fun to wield. Through the return of the Chaos story, more unique maps could be seen again.
However, the real reason this shocking use of the elements of Chaos holds promise is the fact that fans can finally get some closure. Based on past leaks, two more maps were supposed to be released for Chaos Story, so Ancient Evil presented a cliffhanger. However, those final maps never came, as call of duty: black ops 4 Zombies as a whole was unpopular and Treyarch needed to shift their resources to focus on the development of cold war black ops. This left Shaw and Bruno mind-controlled, Scarlett’s fate up in the air, Alistair apparently dead, and Diego alone.
While fans shouldn’t expect to control the Chaos crew again, especially not in Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies, Treyarch could be laying the groundwork for his possible return. Independent Obligations Rumor has it that the Zombies game, after all, could be a perfect place to finally culminate the Chaos story. At the very least, fans could learn what happened to the Chaos team through hidden radios and documents, getting a proper ending to a story that never seemed to have one. While it’s strange to merge the Chaos story and the Dark Aether narrative, it’s better than leaving the former unfinished.
Call of Duty: Vanguard It is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
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