Sledgehammer weakens Call of Duty: Vanguard’s operating room sun, watches audio mixing, and more


the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta has officially ended after a 48-hour extension. As expected, developer Sledgehammer Games has released an update on the issues and issues that are being followed up based on player feedback and reports.

In a blog post, the studio specifically discussed five issues, adding that some were already fixed in the launch build while others are being worked on (albeit unspecified).

The bright light of the sun in the game, for example, is weakened, as is the killstreak of the dogs. Sledgehammer is also looking into tuning spawns, particularly at the Hotel Royal, to get rid of the murder kitchen problem.

Everything is covered here:

  • Nerf the sun.
  • Get started at Red Star raves.
  • Remove dognados.
  • Tuning spawns to avoid the Hotel Royal’s murderous kitchen.
  • Close open microphone lobbies in Search & Destroy.

Vanguard’s beta wasn’t very popular. While Activision hasn’t released any official numbers yet, the game’s beta hasn’t been very active on Twitch, and the online chatter is nowhere near as dense and varied as it was with Modern Warfare 2019 or last year’s Black Ops Cold War.

Because of this, it’s a bit of a surprise that Sledgehammer Games hasn’t addressed some of the most common issues / concerns players have had with the game. For example, the excessive visual effects that come with firing a gun, like smoke and muzzle flash, were one of the bigger ailments – but they’re nowhere to be seen.

That said, the blog post mentioned that the team was addressing various other concerns, such as overall visibility, audio mixing (another common issue), and weapon balance.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S on November 5th.

Since the state of California sued him for alleged discrimination, bullying and rampant sexism in the workplace, things have apparently gotten worse for publisher Activision Blizzard. Though the company ousted a number of high-profile executives including Blizzard President J. Allen Brack and studio hiring manager Jesse Meschuk, and brought in new faces like Disney’s Julie Hodges as recruiter, many don’t believe it has done enough to address employee concerns to clear out.

The SEC agrees and has launched an investigation against Activision Blizzard itself and has already summoned CEO Bobby Kotick.


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