A new report from website VGC provides some fresh info on the 2021 Call of Duty game, which is rumored to be called Vanguard.
Per the new article from VGC, the 2021 Call of Duty title is set to run on the new Modern Warfare engine introduced in 2019.
Modern Warfare’s ‘IW8’ 2019 engine was a massive revamp of the Call of Duty engine. The engine was in development by Infinity Ward’s Poland studio for almost 5 years before seeing the day of light in 2019 with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The 2021 Call of Duty game, which is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, is set to return to the Modern Warfare engine.
This might be a welcome change for players who enjoyed the improvements and performance the new engine brought. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War stayed on Treyarch’s own engine, which is quite different in many ways to the Modern Warfare engine.
Activision announced the IW8 engine back in May 2019, and described it in-depth both to press and fans in multiple showcases.
The features described for the ‘IW8’ engine were:
The new technology utilizes the latest advancements in visual engineering, including a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline.
Spectral rendering delivers thermal heat radiation and infrared identification for both thermal and night-vision in-game imaging. The technical investment provides a cutting edge animation and blend shape system, while the new suite of audio tools supports full Dolby ATMOS, on supported platforms, along with the latest in audio simulation effects.
The 2021 Call of Duty title is set to return to WWII era for the franchise, with the name of the game reportedly being ‘Vanguard.’
As always, stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty 2021.
Vanguard’s Double Barrel meta is over and players couldn’t be happier
Vanguard players are delighted following a recent nerf to the Double Barrel Shotgun that has limited “toxic players”.
After weeks of torment, the Akimbo Double Barrel meta is finally over in Vanguard following a recent nerf and players are overjoyed with the change.
After Vanguard players requested a change to the overpowered Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun for almost a month, their prayers were finally answered on January 20 as the weapons received a significant nerf.
Due to absurd range and damage output, players gravitated to the Shotguns resulting in a vicious circle of frustrated players. It hasn’t taken long for the community to notice drastic differences with Vanguard’s Multiplayer.
Depending on your stance in the debate, the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun either helped improve your K/D ratio or completely ruined it. Even players who didn’t necessarily want to use this broken weapon were forced to do so in order to keep up with enemy players.
However, now that the Double Barrel is no longer as dominant, it seems some players are having a hard time adjusting to the nerf.
After weeks of prospering and abusing the Double Barrel shotgun, Reddit user Kalashcocknov expresses the joy that comes from watching “toxic” players revert to their old selves.
The post expresses how the noob-friendly Akimbo Shotgun catered to less experienced players and that these players are struggling to adapt to traditional CoD weapons.
The nerf to the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun has made it so the weapon is bound to be a less frequent option.
However, players are worried that those who loved the overpowered weapon will move to the Combat Shotgun, which has reemerged as the most dominant close-range weapon in the game.
Only time will tell if Shotguns will once again infuriate Vanguard players but for now, you can rest easy knowing the most broken weapon in the game has been dealt with.
Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Vanguard players furious with “broken” Attack on Titan bundle
The highly-anticipated Attack on Titan bundle is leaving Vanguard players feeling frustrated with the unfinished product they purchased.
Just one day after the release of the highly-anticipated crossover and Vanguard players are already frustrated with the “broken” Attack on Titan bundle.
There’s a ton of overlap between fans of both franchises therefore a crossover between brands checked a lot of conceptual boxes. However, early feedback from Vanguard players has been incredibly disappointing as they’ve highlighted major flaws with the cosmetics.
The Attack on Titan bundle already received its fair share of negative feedback prior to release due to the poor design of the Survey Corps Operator skin but some new flaws are leading players to claim the bundle as “broken”.
It didn’t take long for things to go sour with the Vanguard Attack on Titan bundle and given the fact that the bundle costs around $20 it’s easy to understand why players feel shortchanged. Paying customers expect a finished product and the bundle is clearly failing to deliver on this promise.
The bundle consists of one Operator skin, three weapon blueprints, three in-game animations, one emblem, one sticker, and one charm. Players have already called out the skin for its poor design and now it seems like two of the weapon blueprints and some animations are not working as advertised.
As you can see in the clip posted to the Vanguard subreddit, the weapon blueprints that advertise Orange Tracers actually boast lackluster “cartoonish muzzle flash.” Without the Tracers working as intended the weapon blueprints look and feel like half-finished products.
A separate post detailing issues with the bundle’s animations is additional proof that the bundle is broken “Dunno if it’s just me but the MVP highlight is broken, just shows every character beating someone with an invisible gun.”
Once again, the most significant selling point fails to work as intended. Without the iconic AoT blades, the MVP highlight animation is meaningless.
Ideally, the bundle would work as intended from the getgo instead of presenting an unfinished product to paying customers.
As this bundle isn’t cheap, costing players $20, hopefully Sledgehammer Games will look into these issues and ensure that they work as intended moving forward.
Image Credit: Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games / Activision / MAPPA / Wit Studio / Funimation
Vanguard graphics glitch makes CoD Zombies “unplayable”
A new Vanguard graphics glitch appeared after the January 20 update, and it’s making CoD: Zombies “unplayable.”
CoD: Vanguard’s January 20 update brought a new graphics glitch to the game, and players are frustrated as it has made the game’s Zombies mode “unplayable.”
However, this update also brought some frustrating new issues for players to deal with. A new visual glitch has been ruining the graphics in Vanguard’s Zombies mode and making the game unplayable.
Reddit user ‘SecretlyHiddenSelf’ showcased this glitch in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. The image they posted showed missing textures in the game’s Zombies mode, with large polygons taking up most of the screen.
This isn’t the first time that Vanguard players have had to deal with frustrating graphics issues. The Redditor called these new graphical glitches “insane,” claiming that they’re making Zombies “unplayable.”
The commenters were equally frustrated with these texture issues and some of them came to the conclusion that this glitch is a result of the NVIDIA Drivers update on PC. So, they began looking for ways to fix it.
How to fix Vanguard Zombies graphics glitch
A few of the commenters in this thread stated that reverting the NVIDIA Drivers update on your PC will fix this graphics glitch. “If you’re on PC roll your NVIDIA Driver back to 497.29,” suggested one user.
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You can get this done by going on NVIDIA’s website and manually choosing a specific driver version to download and install. If you already have the latest driver installed then you can simply uninstall it.
Ultimately, this is a game-breaking glitch that the developers will need to address soon. At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not they’re aware of the issue, but we’ll be sure to update you if they announce a fix.
For more Vanguard content, check out this Ranked mode that’s been confirmed for Vanguard Season 2 as well as the best SMGs to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.
Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
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