Ahead of the Call of Duty: Vanguard release date later this year, Sledgehammer Games and Activision have been giving folks the chance to playtest the FPS game through an open beta, now live for those who have got their pre-orders in. While fans are enjoying giving the new setting and destruction mechanics a whirl, there are also widespread reports emerging of audio and server-related issues that are hampering beta players’ experience of the game.
While the Call of Duty: Vanguard open beta doesn’t kick off for one and all until September 18, a quick look at the game’s subreddit reveals that those diving in early are experiencing significant issues with its sound quality. There are multiple reports of ‘muffled’ and poorly mixed audio which it seems is making it tricky to hear everything you need to and work out which direction gunshots are coming from – a pretty big concern given situational awareness is key in shooters.
Elsewhere, there are reports relating to server performance, with multiple beta players noting issues they’ve encountered with packet bursts – a connection issue that can make gameplay feel stuttery or laggy, and combat hard to read – which you can see a little of in action in this clip. There are also incidents of server and game crashes popping up from the community.
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