COD Vanguard Beta Changes to Launch Build Outlined; Ninja Perk & Console FOV Slider Added

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For those curious what Sledgehammer Games is shaking up in Call of Duty Vanguard from the beta build we played last month, the studio has outlined some of the COD Vanguard beta changes players can expect to appear at launch, and a confirmation that the Ninja perk has been added is one of them!

Check out the visibility changes, kilstreak changes and more listed. Don’t forget, the devs can tweak these as necessary during the game’s lifecycle.

COD Vanguard Beta Changes to Launch Build:

Our goal coming out of the Vanguard Beta was to give players a faster and smoother gameplay experience at launch. To achieve that, we’ve reduced weapon swap/pickup animation speeds and are bringing in new movement perks. We’ve also added the “Ninja” perk which allows you to have silent footsteps at all times.

Big changes have been made to our audio mix across the board, such as increasing footstep sounds, reducing the announcer frequency, and much more.  We’ve improved the performance of Vanguard across all platforms and fixed glitches resulting in pixelation, lighting issues, and graphical corruption that some players experienced in Beta. We’ve also squashed some pesky bugs that caused spawn issues in Patrol mode.

Visibility

  • Distortion effects were removed from muzzle flash and we reduced smoke emitted when firing a weapon
  • Completed a pass on muzzle flash placement/coverage when aiming down sights
  • VFX Environment ambient placement for better sightlines
  • Removed the droplets of water that get all up in your face when it rains
  • Various bugs have been fixed including a bug where certain optics would stop enemy and friendly HUD icons from displaying while ADS
  • We’ve fixed cases of nametags appearing through Destruction
  • Lens flare reduced across all maps (we nerfed the sun)
  • We will continue to refine VFX, Lighting, and UI into launch and monitor player feedback surrounding the various topics of visibility.

Audio

  • Audio received a complete mixing and content overhaul to address community feedback from the Public Beta, including more audible footsteps, player and non-player weapons, and map environment content
  • Footsteps are silent when players ADS, Crouch Walk, or have a Perk / Field Upgrade equipped which silences movement
  • Fixed a bug that caused shots after the first shot to be too quiet
  • Operator quips occur less frequently
  • Asked Butcher to chill out. VO lines are less frequent

Spawns

  • A bug resulting in unpredictable spawns in Patrol has been fixed as well general tuning of spawn logic globally
  • We will continue to refine spawn logic over time to improve spawns in matches with higher player counts

Movement

  • Grenades and incendiaries no longer slow movement speed of players
  • A cap has been placed on max suppression effects
  • Changes have been made to animation times including weapon swap speeds and throwing of equipment (ie: Gammon bombs can be thrown more quickly)
  • Sprint out times have been sped up and re-balanced
  • Dev Tip: Dauntless, a perk that players didn’t have access to in Beta, makes players immune to movement reducing effects

Weapons

  • Shotgun lethality has been improved
  • Effective Range of most Shotguns, SMGs, and Pistols have been reduced (SMGs and Pistols were overperforming at range and Shotguns were adjusted down due to increased lethality overall)
  • Hipfire spread has been adjusted on most guns (mainly to add more consistency across weapon categories)
  • Tradeoffs on barrels, magazines, and stocks have been reduced
  • Ammo types were rebalanced to include more tradeoffs
  • Squashed bugs affecting Weapon Progression and Detailed Stats
  • Dev Tip: Vanguard’s version of the smoke grenade works differently than previous games. You’re fully hidden from distant enemies, but can be seen at closer ranges allowing you to close the distance between you and the enemy and hunt them down with close-quarter combat builds.
  • Dev Tip: Try setting your mount options to use ADS rather than ADS+Melee. It’s not for everyone but it’s a powerful way to become more accurate in an instant while staying out of harm’s way. It can be combined with blind fire for some great results.

Killstreaks and Field Upgrades

  • Friendly Spy Planes and Counter Spy Planes will no longer appear overhead
  • Spy Planes and Counter Spy Planes move slower and are easier to hit
  • Counter Spy Planes have a shorter duration
  • Health has been reduced on Spy Planes, Counter Spy Planes, and most placed Field Upgrades
  • Death Machine and War Machine have swapped costs
  • Glide bomb is easier to control
  • A max timer has been added to the Radar Jammer and Field Mic Field Upgrades
  • Bugs resulting in graphical corruption of the Attack Dogs have been fixed – no more Dognados 🙁

Perks

  • Low Profile has been removed and replaced with Ninja

Alongside that list, Sledgehammer Games has also confirmed that a FOV (field of view) slider is confirmed for consoles! This and more have been touched on in the FAQ!

PRE-LAUNCH FAQ

Q: Will spawns/weapons/visibility continue to be tuned after launch as needed?

Absolutely. At launch, we will be paying attention specifically to our weapon balance.  We have 38 weapons at launch, all with different sets of attachments and modifiers.  We want to create a fun balance between our weapons with their own strengths and weaknesses.  We’ll be listening, tuning, and tweaking from the second we go live. We will also continue to tweak spawn logic for better spawns and monitor the broader conversation around visibility.

Q: Are more free maps coming after launch?

Headlining Preseason free content is Shipment, the classic Multiplayer experience re-fitted for Vanguard, currently scheduled for a November 17 arrival. Newcomers and veterans alike can ready up for a fresh take on the map that’s entertained Call of Duty fans for over a decade, providing all Vanguard players a chaotic playground for destruction.

Q: How will Vanguard integrate with Warzone at launch and in Season One?

Building on what we did with Cold War and Warzone, Vanguard will continue Universal Progression so that no matter what mode or game you’re playing, you’re able to level up weapons, gear, Battle Pass, and more simultaneously. Story-wise, we’re weaving the narrative throughout the live season content so that the story will transcend the Single Player Campaign in Vanguard to include Warzone. to go deeper with the narrative and create one connected live game experience.

Q: How will Vanguard and Zombies be integrated?

Vanguard’s Battle Pass system will utilize unified progression between Multiplayer, Call of Duty®: Warzone™, and Zombies. Your player level is shared between the modes, too, so you’re always progressing in tandem for a fully unified experience. To learn more about how the Dark Aether saga will continue in Vanguard, read here.

Q: When can I pre-load the game if I’ve pre-ordered digitally?

All players who preordered the game digitally can preload the title so that it’s ready to go right at launch. Preloading is available for all platforms. On PlayStation®4 and 5 preloading begins on October 28 at 9 PM PT in North and South America. All other countries will begin preloading on October 29 at midnight local time. More information on preloading via other platforms can be found here.

Q: What bonus comes with pre-ordering?

Whether you pre-order a Standard, Cross-Gen, or Ultimate Digital Edition, you receive the following:

  • Night Raid Mastercraft Weapon Blueprint – for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™
  • Operator Arthur Kingsley – for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™
  • Ghost of War Ultra Skin – for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™. Limited time offer valid from October 22nd to November 2nd
  • The opportunity to pre-load the game before launch

Read more about pre-order rewards for Cross-Gen and Ultimate Editions, here.

Q: How will enforcement against potential cheating be handled?

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty®: Vanguard, and with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone. Learn more about Ricochet, here.

Q: Is FOV Slider coming to console?

Yes.

Q: How frequently will Playlists be updated?

While we can’t promise exact cadence, we can say that we plan to update playlists at a higher frequency than previous titles, with a focused consideration to community feedback.

Q: How can I make a report/get support?

To report a bug, issue, or leave feedback about Call of Duty®: Vanguard, click here to participate in our survey. For account-related issues, please go to https://support.activision.com/

You can check out what we thought of the beta right here.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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