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Elden Ring dethrones Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year

A new report confirms FromSoftware’s Elden Ring has dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the past 12 months.

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Action role-playing game Elden Ring was one of the biggest video game releases of 2022 and a new report proves that it has dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the past 12 months.

Prior to its February 25, 2022 release date, Elden Ring was one of the most highly anticipated AAA video game titles in recent years. While Elden Ring launched to critical acclaim, the scope of its commercial success based on its sales numbers is truly impressive.

Traditionally, premium Call of Duty titles dominate the sales charts for multiple months in a row, but the poor reception of Vanguard opened the door for Elden Ring to do something that hasn’t been done in many years.

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An NPD sales report that calculates video game sales for a 12-month period has Elden Ring as the best-selling game in the US. The 12-month period takes into account sales until the end of April 2022.

This window makes the accomplishment all the more impressive when you consider Vanguard released on November 5, 2021. Vanguard had a nearly four-month advantage on Elden Ring’s February 25, 2022 release date, and yet as of April 2022, Elden Ring is the top-selling game of the past 12 months.

Elden Ring’s accomplishment is historic seeing as this is the first time in many years that a Call of Duty title is not the best-selling game for a 12-month period in the US. It seems the last game to do this was GTA V, which was initially released in 2013.

It’s unfortunate that sales numbers aren’t disclosed in the report, but Bandai Namco did reveal that Elden Ring had sold upwards of 13.4 million units worldwide as of March 31. This number has likely increased by a couple of million since then.

While Vanguard sales were still strong compared to other titles, Activision confirmed that the game failed to meet the franchise’s expectations. Luckily for CoD fans, the sales outlook for Modern Warfare 2 is already considerably positive following Vanguard’s disappointment.


For more Call of Duty news, check out how Modern Warfare 2’s gameplay reveal date has reportedly leaked.

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Bizarre Vanguard glitch is making players spontaneously combust

CoD Vanguard players have discovered a strange glitch them causes them to catch on fire completely at random.

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A bizarre new glitch has appeared in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded, causing players to randomly burst into flames in the middle of a match.

The Vanguard community has seen its fair share of different bugs and glitches that have bizarre effects on their gameplay experience, such as turning players into Spider-man or causing them to punch themselves in the face.

Now, another problem has presented itself following the arrival of the Season 3 Reloaded update, as a strange glitch is causing Vanguard players to spontaneously catch on fire during battles.

Windmill on fire in Vanguard

Reddit user ‘r/Sleepy’ highlighted this glitch in a clip posted in the Vanguard subreddit. It shows the player securing multiple kills while running around the map, only to combust into flames seemingly at random.

The kill cam in the clip showed that there was no explosive around them when they caught on fire, so it was extremely confusing why this happened. The Redditor jokingly asked if they’d been hit by an “invisible Molotov.”

Many of the commenters found this glitch amusing as well, with one user sarcastically writing: “Just a little spontaneous combustion.” Another player added: “Pardon me while I burst into flames.”

These types of glitches tend to pop up whenever the developers implement a major update in Vanguard, and a fix for them often arrives through another update once it becomes a major issue.

It’s unclear what exactly caused this glitch to occur, and it doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue at the time of writing. For that reason, it remains to be seen whether or not Sledgehammer Games will investigate the matter.


For more Vanguard content, check out the best H4 Blixen loadout for Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded as well as why Vanguard players are furious with a lack of content in Season 3 Reloaded.

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Best H4 Blixen loadout for Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

The H4 Blixen SMG arrived with Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded, so here are the attachments and Perks you need to build the best loadout.

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Vanguard Season 3’s mid-season update is here, bringing the Sphere map and the brand-new H4 Blixen SMG. This new weapon is shaping up to be a powerful choice, so here are attachments and perks to create the best H4 Blixen loadout in Vanguard.

Although Vanguard players have been disappointed with the Season 3 Reloaded update’s lack of content compared to Warzone, it’s brought the new Sphere map, several quality of life changes, and the new H4 Blixen SMG.

This versatile SMG is powerful and accurate when fighting at close-medium range, so here’s how to create the best H4 Blixen loadout, including the attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to maximize its potential.

Best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Bergstrom 17″ F3
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Karlsson Padded Coz
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9mm 72 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

We’re kicking off the best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout with the Recoil Booster to increase the SMGs fire rate and the Bergstrom 17″ F3 barrel to increase its accuracy and keep it under control.

You can choose whatever optic you prefer, but the Slate Reflector is a solid choice for the H4 Blixen. Next, the Karlsson Padded Coz stock and m1941 Hand Stop will make the Blixen even more accurate, allowing it to be much more versatile.

Combining the 9mm 72 Round Mags and Lengthened ammo will give you enough bullets to take down several enemies, and Lengthened’s faster bullet velocity will lower its time to kill.

These attachments weigh down the H4 Blixen, so using the Fabric Grip, Fleet Proficiency, and Quick Kit will make you extremely mobile.

Best Vanguard H4 Blixen Perks & Equipment

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  • Perk 1: Fortified
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Lethal Equipment: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical Equipment: No69 Stun Grenade

The H4 Blixen is a speedy SMG so you’ll need the best Perks and Equipment to complement it. The Fortified Perk will reduce explosive and fire damage, allowing you to charge at the enemies and tank grenades.

Forward Intel will tell you exactly where the enemies are spawning so you can easily control the map, and Lightweight will allow you to get around the map much faster.

A perfectly cooked Frag Grenade is a powerful tool, and the Stun Grenade will slow enemies down allowing you to easily get the kill.

How to unlock H4 Blixen in Vanguard

H4 Blixen SMG in CoD Vanguard

Vanguard’s new H4 Blixen SMG can be unlocked by getting 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.

This shouldn’t be too difficult to unlock, just hop into a small map with a hip-fire build and you’ll get the slide kills in no time at all.

Best alternatives to H4 Blixen in Vanguard

There are plenty of other powerful SMGs you can use in Call of Duty: Vanguard, with the MP40 and Tommy Gun being two of the best.


Modern Warfare 2 arrives later this year, so you can check out its release date, along with everything we know about its beta.

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Modern Warfare 2 leak reveals editions & early PlayStation beta

Vanguard in-game files from the Season 3 Reloaded update have leaked Modern Warfare 2 edition options and open beta info.

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Data miners have discovered in-game files added to Vanguard with the Season 3 Reloaded update that provides information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions and the open beta.

On May 24 the Season 3 Reloaded update for Vanguard went live, and while new content like the H4 Blixen and Sphere map is exciting, there was yet another surprise hidden in the update.

It turns out data miners have leaked in-game Vanguard files that provide information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions. These files have shed light on what each edition could bring to the table, as well as which platform will get early access to the MW2 Open beta later this year.

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While this information has not been confirmed by Activision, the following info concerning Modern Warfare 2 pre-order content was found in Vanguard’s in-game files:

Standard Edition content

  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Early access to open beta
  • Other items to be announced

Cross-Gen Bundle content

  • Cross-Gen version of Modern Warfare 2
  • Early access to open beta – first on PS4 & PS5
  • Other items to be announced

Vault Edition content

  • Early access to open beta
  • Battle Pass (1 Season) + 50 Tier Skips
  • Red Team Operator Pack – Ghost, Soap, Price, Farah Operators
  • FJX Cinder Weapon Vault
  • 10 hours 2XP, + 10 hours 2WXP
  • Ghost Legacy Pack – 12 Operator Skins & 10 Weapon Blueprints

It seems all three pre-order editions grant players early access to the open beta, and we’ll keep you posted once we know when pre-orders commence and when the beta will occur. The cross-gen bundle also confirms that MW2 will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Another key piece of information revealed by this leak is that PS4 and PS5 players will receive access to the open beta first. We already know that PlayStation exclusivity will not last forever, once the Microsoft deal to acquire Activision officially goes through, but at the moment it is good news for PlayStation players.

You’ll have to discern which edition is right for you, but there’s no denying that the Vault Edition comes with a ton of interesting Operator and weapon cosmetics. In addition, the 50 Battle Pass Tier Skips and double weapon XP will be valuable as you attempt to level up early on.


For more Modern Warfare 2 content, check out how CoD fans revealed weapons they want to see in Modern Warfare 2.

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