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CoD hackers explain how cheating in Warzone helped them crack Vanguard

Hackers found a way into Call of Duty: Vanguard before it’s full release. Sources have now claimed that Warzone may have held the secret.

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Many players were shocked to see that hackers had already made their way into the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Now, one hacker has revealed that the secret to breaking Vanguard came from Warzone.

The community has had its first extended look at CoD: Vanguard through the recently-ended Open Beta. This was fans’ chance to get to grips with the new maps, and the WWII aesthetic.

However, the fun was spoiled for some by cheaters that had already found a way to hack the game’s code. It has since been explained that it was past experiences with Warzone that helped them crack it.

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Shortly after the much-anticipated Beta was opened up on September 16, players quickly began to notice that hacks like aimbots were already turning up in lobbies.

In some cases, cheaters had found a way to completely end matches early, which was frustrating fans because of the limited time they had to play the game over the course of the weekend.

In a report published by Vice, an industry source explained that it was their experience with previous titles like Warzone that paved the way for cheating in Vanguard.

“The core of the [Call of Duty] engine hasn’t changed much during the life of the franchise so porting a cheat from one game to another has always been very easy,” they said. The source also said that the code for Vanguard was very similar to that of Warzone or Modern Warfare.

According to CoD insider Tom Henderson, the Beta launched with the same protection against cheaters that is present in Warzone at the moment, which we already know has been ineffective.

In the same report, hack developer IWANTCHEATS also warned that its Vanguard cheats will work with the new Pacific Map coming as part of the integration into Warzone.

Unfortunately, we won’t know if this is true until more details surface about the updated anti-cheat system due to be added to the battle royale later this year. Fans will hope that their experiences with hackers won’t translate into the next CoD chapter.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out our guides on every Field Upgrade, and the best Assualt Rifles.

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Vanguard players furious with lack of content in Season 3 Reloaded

While Warzone received a ton of Season 3 Reloaded updates, Vanguard players feel they’ve been completely ignored by the mid-season update.

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While Warzone has received a ton of game-changing content with the Season 3 Reloaded update, Vanguard has barely received anything and furious players feel like they’ve been ignored.

While Call of Duty games receive major content drops with the seasonal updates, there’s almost always a ‘Reloaded’ mid-season update that brings even more content, bug fixes, and balance tweaks.

Warzone players are delighted with Season 3 Reloaded’s huge content drop, bringing an Underground Transit System, new game modes, and more, but not long after feeling ignored by the Operation Monarch event, Vanguard players have been left disappointed with the lack of content.

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Raven Software and Sledgehammer dropped the Season 3 Reloaded roadmap on May 23, revealing a ton of new content for Warzone. Players felt the Vanguard section was particularly sparse, with the Sphere map being the only piece of Vanguard-exclusive content.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded will also bring the new H4 Blixen SMG, a new Operator, and new bundles  — but these are all shared with Warzone. To compare, Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded brought the 80s Action Hero event, Standoff to multiplayer, Duga to multi-team modes, Zombies updates, and more.

Twitter user ‘xFleXy_’ shared the content discrepancy between Vanguard and Warzone, and said they’ve “never seen a COD so poorly supported.” This was shared on the Vanguard subreddit where players vented their frustration.

“How tf is this ok?” asked one user. “They don’t even try to hide the fact they do not care about the traditional multiplayer community. Warzone is their bread and butter, and we should absolutely be livid about this.”

“Why couldn’t they add a map/gamemode from COD WW2 or something?? I feel like that would be pretty cool,” suggested u/NebNegreb.

A handful of players commented that it’s only a mid-season update, but Cute_Cookie563 said: “factor in that the actual season 3 update last month was tiny (one map, 2 guns?) and in total barely nothing new has happened this season.”

Many of these players believe that Sledgehammer Games have given up on Vanguard and are hoping that Modern Warfare 2 will be chock-full of traditional multiplayer updates.

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded? New SMG & Sphere map

The next major update for Vanguard is Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s everything we know including the new SMG, map, and release date.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next major update will be Season 3 Reloaded, bringing a brand-new SMG to both multiplayer and Warzone, as well as the new Sphere map. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard’s mid-season update, including its release date.

Vanguard Season 3 is approaching its halfway point, with the majority of players having had time to unlock the new Nikita AVT Assault Rifle and M1916 Marksman Rifle, and earn a few of the new Ranked Play rewards.

Season 4 is next-up, but before that update, Season 3 Reloaded arrives. This update is set to bring a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including its official release date.

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

The devs announced that the Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded update will arrive on May 24 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM PT / 6 PM BST, with access to the new content to appear in-game on May 25 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Considering May 25 is halfway between the Battle Pass‘ start and end dates, the official release date makes sense.

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H4 Blixen SMG arrives in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

The H4 Blixen SMG will be the final of four Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 weapons to arrive following the midseason update. If you’re interested in testing the weapon, check out our guide on how to unlock H4 Blixen SMG in Vanguard.

The devs revealed that the weapon is a slow-firing SMG that performs incredibly well at medium-range. While fast SMGs tend to be preferred in Vanguard, the H4 Blixen could turn out to be a top Warzone weapon.

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Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings Sphere map

Vanguard’s Season 3 update brought the chaotic Mayhem map, styled after a Godzilla-themed movie set, and the Season 3 Reloaded update is set to bring the Sphere map.

Sphere will take the action to an underground weapons lab hidden beneath a coal mine. It seems players will have to juggle between two floors of the map. On the top floor, players can find the remnants of a coal-mining village. Meanwhile, the secrets of the weapons lab are hidden underground on the bottom floor.

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New Vanguard Operator Kim Tae Young

The third and final member of Task Force Harpy will be coming to Vanguard alongside the midseason update.

The new H4 Blixen SMG is her preferred weapon, which means you’ll want to enter the battle as Kim Tae Young if you want level up the weapon as fast as possible.


And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! Keep an eye out for the update on May 24 and the in-game content on May 25, you can also check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update.

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How to unlock H4 Blixen SMG in Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded brings the new H4 Blixen SMG, so here’s how you’ll be able to unlock it when it arrives.

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The H4 Blixen SMG is one of the brand-new weapons arriving during Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s when it’s set to arrive and how you’ll be able to unlock it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded is almost here, bringing a new map, Operator, and of course, a new weapon. The M1916 Marksman Rifle and the Nikita AVT Assault Rifle arrived as part of the Battle Pass, but a new SMG is set to arrive with the midseason update.

‘Classified Arms’ is Season 3’s theme, and the devs really kept info concerning the H4 Blixen SMG classified. However, we do know when it will arrive, so here’s how you’ll be able to unlock it in both Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded.

How to unlock H4 Blixen in Warzone & Vanguard

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You will be able to unlock the H4 Blixen by getting three slide kills in a single match 15 times. This SMG-based challenge is great for players who love to get around the map with the slide movement mechanic.

Later in Season 3, players could also purchase a Store Bundle that features a Blixen Weapon Blueprint. The H4 Blixen won’t be available until Vanguard and Warzone Season 3 Reloaded content goes live on May 25.

Each Vanguard season has brought a new SMG in the Reloaded update, such as the Welgun in Season 1 and the Armaguerra in Season 2 Reloaded. These two weapons quickly became powerhouses, so we expect the H4 Blixen to be the same.

In a May 23 blog post, the devs claimed that the H4 Blixen can rival the dominant Owen Gun, “the H4 Blixen delivers a reliable three-shot kill at a farther range than the Owen Gun, albeit with a slower rate of fire. It also has three more bullets per standard magazine and slightly better Vertical Recoil Control, Aim Down Sight (ADS) speed, and reload quickness.”


For more on Warzone and Vanguard Season 3, you can check out devs confirmed that 120Hz will return to Xbox Series consoles soon or how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint.

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