Activision has delayed the launch of Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone: Pacific’s second season by nearly two weeks.
This comes after gamers and influencers have spent the past few weeks pointing out all the myriad flaws with the games in their current state, especially on console.
Glitches galore, game freezes, matchmaking issues and a bevy of other problems have plagued Warzone since the launch of the new Caldera map. I really like the map but there’s no denying that it has some problems.
I continue to face issues in Vanguard when it comes to matchmaking with my squad-mates. I’ve never had any issues with in Black Ops Cold War or Warzone and the inability to load into matches with my friends in Vanguard has meant that I rarely play it these days.
Some fixes on the table for Warzone, meanwhile, seem dubious at best, like lowering the aim-down sights (ADS) speed, something I wrote about recently and which popular streamer Dr. DisRespect has ranted against—and rightfully so.
When Does Season 2 Start?
Season 2 was supposed to launch on February 2nd, which is just under two weeks away. That release date has now been pushed back to February 14th—aka, Valentine’s Day! I guess love is in the air over at Activision. After all, the game publisher is about to start a long-term relationship with Microsoft.
February 14th is just over three weeks away, so you’ll have lots of time to level up your Battle Pass and Prestige ranking. I’m 100% going to get Master Prestige this season as I’m already at Prestige level 180 and counting. I finished off the Battle Pass a long time ago.
While a delay is a bummer for some reasons—we sure could use some new content!—it’s good to know that Activision, Sledgehammer and Raven Software are taking these issues seriously. I’d rather have a delay with a proper Season 2 patch than something half-baked sooner.
In a statement, Activision writes:
“Currently, our community is experiencing issues across Call of Duty®: Vanguard, Warzone™ Pacific, and Modern Warfare®.
“We feel your frustrations and hear you loud and clear.
“To date, we’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. For this reason, we have decided to reschedule the start of Season Two across Warzone Pacific and Vanguard to February 14. We will use this additional development time to deliver updates, including optimizations to gameplay, game balancing (including weapon and equipment balancing), to fix game stability and bugs, and to ensure an overall level of polish to improve the experience for players across Vanguard, Warzone Pacific, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare.
“Upcoming implementations will address several concerns raised by the community and other quality-of-life improvements. Adjusting the core gameplay loop, mechanics, and balance is a continuing and important focus. Fixes will apply to your platform of choice — two generations of consoles and PC — as well as gameplay in general across all five systems.”
Hopefully Season 2 improves gameplay across the board for both games and solves most of the issues gamers are currently facing. I’ve actually had very few problems in Warzone on either Caldera or Rebirth Island but I play on PC and I know it’s been a lot worse on consoles.
The Call Of Duty creators have also promised better communication going forward, which is something just about everyone has been asking for. It’s a lot easier waiting for a fix when you’re being communicated with. Dead silence can be a reasonable response to some crises, but not to game development updates and fixes.
“Going forward, you can expect to hear from us more often regarding Call of Duty’s state of play,” the COD team writes. “Studios remain focused on continuously improving your game experience, and we greatly value our community feedback. More frequent and detailed communication updates will be posted here and across Call of Duty social channels.”
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