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Vanguard’s spawn system overhauled in Experimental Playlist

In response to constant frustration with Vanguard’s spawns, the devs are finally improving the spawn system with a new Experimental Playlist.

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Sledgehammer Games issued an initial fix for Vanguard’s broken spawn system in a new Experimental Playlist. They’re now asking for player feedback as they look to improve spawn quality to a greater extent.

After five months of countless complaints, it looks like Vanguard players are getting their first look at an initial fix to the problematic spawn system. The major Season 2 Reloaded update came and went with no mention of spawn fixes.

Thankfully, a pleasant surprise arrived on March 25 as the devs issued quite a significant update that tweaked the spawn system, Spy Plane speed, and buffed weapon XP. Here’s what you need to know about the Experimental Playlist, as well as how to submit your feedback to the devs.

Vanguard Experimental Playlist explained

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If you’re looking to enjoy Vanguard’s Double Weapon XP week from March 30 to April 6, you’ll notice a new playlist on the left-hand side of your screen. Sledgehammer Games added an Experimental Playlist to Vanguard and it’s where Vanguard players can test out the new spawn system.

First, the Experimental Playlist took players to Shipment, Das Haus, and Dome as the devs noticed spawn logic was particularly poor on small maps, “We recognize that this system frequently fails to select a quality spawn point on smaller maps based on analytics and player feedback.”

However, on March 29, the devs updated the playlist to include medium-large maps. Although they weren’t mentioned in the announcement it’s likely that the medium-large maps include Numa Numa, Hotel Royal, and Castle to name a few.

Vanguard spawn system player feedback

To help with the goal of improving Vanguard’s spawn system, the devs want your feedback. In this Playlist, players should not be “spawning in a position where an enemy player immediately threatens them.”

It seems like the improvement of the spawn system will be an ongoing process, so don’t be surprised if you still experience some poor spawn logic.

The devs want to hear about your experience and they’re urging players to submit both positive and negative feedback. You can do this by visiting the link they included in the Reddit post above and completing a quick survey.

As of now, there’s no indication of how long this Playlist will be active but if you’re curious about the spawn improvements you may want to check it out. The devs did state that this will be the first step in a series of reoccurring tests through the Experimental Playlist so we should be seeing updates like the one that added medium-large maps quite often.


For more Vanguard, check out how to play Vanguard’s new Arms Race mode for free or our list of the best Vanguard Season 2 Reloaded SMGs.

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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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Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded patch notes: H4 Blixen SMG, Sphere map, bug fixes, more

The Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded update has arrived, so here’s everything you need to know including the new SMG, map, and release date.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings 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 the full patch notes.

Vanguard Season 3 has arrived at 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 has brought some new content. This update brings a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including the full patch notes.

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

Vanguard’s Season 3 Reloaded update arrived on May 24 with the new content appearing in-game on May 25 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

The Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update will also be going live at the same time as the content in Vanguard.

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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.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded patch notes

Multiplayer

Maps

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Sphere
    • Hidden below the surface of an inconspicuous mining facility is a weapons lab that offers intense, close-quarters engagements around every turn. Jump into the Sphere 24/7 Playlist at the start of Season Three Reloaded!
  • Berlin
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Office.
  • Castle
    • Care Packages will no longer fall through the stairs near the Palace Outer Walls.
  • Sub Pens
    • Addressed exploits that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Dry Docks and Loading Dock.

Modes

  • Arms Race
    • Riding a Motorcycle as it explodes will no longer cause the player’s view to rotate.

Operators

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Kim Tae Young (Harpy)
    • Trained by her mother as a fighter, Tae Young donned a mask to conceal her identity while helping families cross the North Korean border to safety. She soon earned a reputation amongst the Korean people as a local folk hero and keeper of justice. Even the briefest glimpse of her Dokkaebi mask instills hope in her people and fear in her enemies.
    • Unlocked via Operator Bundle, available for purchase in Season Three Reloaded.

Weapons

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.
  • STG44 (Assault Rifle)
    • Challenges for the Deadeye Camo Category are now properly tracked.
  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Zac MS Stock Attachment will no longer obstruct the view of certain Optics.
  • Cooper Carbine (Assault Rifle)
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the M1941 Hand Stop Underbarrel, 14” Gracey Rapid Barrel, and Recoil Booster Muzzle Attachments from unlocking at their designated Weapon Levels.
  • M1 Garand (Marksman Rifle)
    • Mindgames Camo Category now references the correct Magazine Attachment requirement.

Equipment

  • No 69 Stun Grenade (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage from 25 to 5.
  • S-Mine 44 (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage in Hardcore game modes from 50 to 10.
      • This change was made to prevent lethality toward uninjured players; Explosive Damage in Core game modes remains unchanged.

Perks

  • Overkill (Tactics)
    • Moved from Supply (Slot 3) to Tactics (Slot 1).
  • Piercing Vision (Intel)
    • Increased amount of suppression required to highlight targets.
    • Decreased visibility of highlighted targets.
  • Survival Training (Supply)
    • Moved from Tactics (Slot 1) to Supply (Slot 3).
  • Ninja (Supply)
    • Moved from Tactics (Slot 1) to Supply (Slot 3).

Field Upgrades

  • Trophy System
    • Melee attacks will now properly deal damage to a Trophy System.
    • Ammo Box Field Upgrade can now be destroyed by a Trophy System.
    • Trophy Systems will no longer remain active when thrown out-of-bounds.

Killstreaks

  • Counter Spy Plane (4 Kills)
    • Announcer will now play the correct voice line when an enemy Counter-Spy Plane is activated.

Challenges

  • Seasonal Challenges
    • Progression toward the Season Two Mastery challenge is now properly tracked.

User Interface & Experience

  • Players who have reached Prestige 5 or higher will now see the correct Prestige emblem displayed throughout the menus.
  • Addressed an issue that forced the player back to the Multiplayer menu when using contextual (right-click) menus on PC.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Addressed an issue that prevented AS-44 Mechanized Reactive Blueprint from changing colors when inspected.
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Zombies

Enemies

  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Shortened Zaballa’s mask swap animation to reduce invulnerability time.
    • Players can now deal some damage to Zaballa’s body but should continue to focus on masks.
    • Zaballa’s electrical attacks are more lethal but should now spawn within line of sight to or in the proximity of Zaballa.
    • Zaballa increases the number of electrical attacks by one for every destroyed mask.

Weapons

  • H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Description: Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • The new H4 Blixen SMG weapon will be available via in-game challenge in Zombies or via a unique Blueprint version in the Store at the start of Season Three Reloaded.
    • Zombies Unlock Challenge: In Zombies, use SMGs to Eliminate 50 Zaballas.
  • Skal Crusher
    • Resolved an issue that prevented picking up blueprint throwable weapons.

Challenges

  • Reticles
    • Reticles earned in Zombies have been adjusted so that a central dot is always present to assist with aiming.

And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! Keep an eye out for 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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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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