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Every confirmed change after Vanguard Alpha: Visibility, spawn tuning, audio, more

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Alpha is now over, so here are all of the changes Sledgehammer Games plan to make following feedback.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Alpha has now concluded, and Sledgehammer Games has received a ton of feedback for how the game can be improved before launch. Here’s every change the devs plan on making ahead of release.

Although we have to wait until November to get our hands on Call of Duty: Vanguard, the first round of testing, the PlayStation Alpha, is now complete.

Players got to experience how Modern Warfare’s engine feels in a new setting, as well as try out the new weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Champion Hill mode.

The purpose of the Alpha was to collect feedback from the players so glaring issues and gameplay tweaks can be made ahead of launch. Sledgehammer Games has already responded to the feedback, detailing the issues they plan to address.

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In a blog post, Sledgehammer Games listed and detailed the changes it would be making to Vanguard before its release.

In addition to four new maps and six modes, here is what Sledgehammer Games plans to change based on player feedback heading into the Call of Duty: Vanguard Open Beta.

Visual Updates in Vanguard

  • Damage Overlay
    • Refined the damage overlay when injured to help maintain visibility.
  • Lighting
    • Reduced the density of sun fog.
    • Increased the rim light around players to help separate them from the background.
    • Adjusted overall exposure—aka we turned up the lights.

Audio Updates in Vanguard

  • Non-player footstep valume slightly increased
  • Non-player weapon volume slightly reduced.
    • Note: Non-player is anyone that isn’t you (enemies and teammates).
  • Announcer volume and callout frequency reduced.
  • Global MP mixing pass to improve informative audio for gameplay

Champion Hill Spawn Tuning in Vanguard

  • Tuned spawn locations and adjusted overall spawn logic. Hopefully, this should eliminate any more Angela & Dwight spawn scares.
  • Done away with that one spawn in Courtyard that forced you to have 3 seconds of awkward eye contact with your opponent. You know the one.

Upcoming Fixes for Vanguard

These are fixes that won’t be complete before the Beta but are still being worked on. They will be addressed fully before Vanguard’s official launch.

  • Identified a destructible wall in Champion Hill with a mismatched collision model. Even though it appeared as a solid wall, there was a hole allowing the raycast to pass through and show nameplates.
  • Note: Nameplate visibility works by doing a raycast from you to other players. If there’s something blocking it, the nameplate shouldn’t be visible. Please keep this in mind while playing and make a report if something seems off.
  • Sledgehammer Games is aware there are more nametag and aim assist-related issues and have an ongoing investigation on how to resolve them. Gameplay clips have been a great resource for our teams to find and squash these problems, so keep them coming.
Airplane pilot shooting light machine gun in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Undoubtedly, many players are excited to see Sledgehammer Games take their feedback from the Champion Hill Alpha into account when it comes to changes that the developer is making to the game before its Open Beta and official release later this year.

It remains to be seen what other changes will arrive in the game before launch. Still, SledgeHammer Games has shown that it is more than willing to use community feedback as the basis for its future updates to the next entry in the fan-favorite franchise.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the change players want to see to the healing rate.

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Will CoD: Vanguard have Zombies? Developer, maps, Outbreak & more

Call of Duty: Zombies has been a hugely popular mode for the franchise, but what will it be in Vanguard, and what will it be like?

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Call of Duty Zombies fans have been wondering whether Sledgehammer Games will bring the mode to Vanguard, and if so, what they can expect from it.

After players were finally able to get a taste of Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s Multiplayer during the Open Beta, players have been even more curious when it comes to the game’s other modes.

As we know from the reveal, Call of Duty: Vanguard will have a Campaign mode, which follows various characters across the global WWII fronts.

Many have been wondering whether Vanguard will have its own Zombies mode, and luckily we finally have some answers.

Will Call of Duty: Vanguard have Zombies?

Zombies in Call of Duty: Vanguard

In Call of Duty’s blog post announcing Vanguard, they gave fans a short description of what they can expect from the game.

It says that not only is a Campaign and Multiplayer mode confirmed for the game but a “universe-expanding Zombies crossover” is also mentioned. The blog also confirmed that the mode will intertwine with Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies, which is excellent for those who have enjoyed the Dark Aether story.

This makes a lot of sense, considering players have been finding hints and intel in Black Ops Cold War Zombies that reference the WWII time frame and a demonologist known as Krafft.

Vanguard’s Zombies will act as a precursor to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, with the content being available for the mode as soon as the game is launched on November 5.

Who will be developing Vanguard Zombies?

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Sledgehammer Games have officially stated that Vanguard Zombies will indeed be developed by Treyarch, the developers who initially brought the mode to the Call of Duty experience.

“We’re excited to announce a franchise-first crossover as Call of Duty: Vanguard features an all-new Zombies game mode with development led by Treyarch Studios.”

Many will love this, as although Sledgehammer games provided a great experience in their take on Zombies back in Call of Duty: WWII, there’s no doubt that Treyarch has created the most memorable experiences for Zombies.

Will Vanguard feature Outbreak?

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While rumors have suggested that Vanguard Zombies will not have a round-based map for players to get into on launch, there will still be content for players to enjoy.

The content that will be available on launch is rumored to be inspired by Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak mode, with TheMW2Ghost claiming the mode will be as if “Outbreak, Onslaught, and Roundbased had a baby.” 

CoD: Vanguard Zombies maps

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No official information has yet been revealed regarding the maps players can expect to see in the Vanguard Zombies mode. However, a leak has pointed towards the name of the first map being Ritual of the Dead.

It has also been speculated that the Season 6 Zombies map for Black Ops Cold War will tie into the first Vanguard Zombies map considering that the new Call of Duty game will be continuing the Dark Aether story.

We will continue to update this hub with all of the latest information for Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies when it is revealed.


For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the reason why hackers have already created cheats for the WWII first-person shooter, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Scump reveals the one thing he would change about CoD: Vanguard

2017 CoD World Champion Scump is a big fan of Vanguard, but thinks the game needs one major change before its November 5 release.

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is officially finished, and while pro player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner had a lot of fun, the 2017 World Champion revealed that he thinks ‘time-to-kill’ needs adjusting before its November release.

Call of Duty fans only had a few days to try out the Vanguard Beta, but players have already had their say about the game, and more specifically what they want to be changed, from spawn improvements to the removal of overpowered Field Upgrades.

For OpTic Gaming legend Scump though, the Vanguard Beta was definitely enjoyable, praising the gameplay, maps, and overall feel. Despite loving it though, there’s one thing he thinks should be changed: the Vanguard TTK.

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In a new video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the Call of Duty legend admitted he “loved” to play Vanguard, saying: “Usually with betas, you get sick of it really quick. I played it for about 6 hours every day, that’s impressive for a beta.”

However, when talking about the game’s weapons, the 2017 World Champions revealed that he believes the time-to-kill is a little too low and needs to be adjusted slightly.

“The weapons were a lot of fun to use, the gunplay was great,” he states. “My one big quarrel with the gunplay though is the time-to-kill needs to be a little bit slower. It’s pretty quick on every single gun.”

“I wish the time-to-kill was a little bit slower. Maybe they’ll tweak that, maybe they won’t, but right now you put three bullets into someone and they drop which I don’t really agree with. It feels [kind of like] hardcore.”

Whether Sledgehammer Games will make any changes to the TTK remains to be seen, but the developers did listen to complaints from the community and make adjustments between the first and second beta weekends, so it is possible.

This may be a design choice though, with Scump mentioning that both Warzone and Modern Warfare have fast time-to-kills as well — two games that run on the same engine as Vanguard.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll know whether the devs have made any changes until Vanguard releases on November 5.

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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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