What you need to know
- Season 2 content for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific has been delayed until Feb. 14.
- Raven Software's employee strike stretches into its 7th week
- Microsoft announced on Jan. 18 that they were buying Activision Blizzard, the company behind the Call of Duty franchise.
It was announced today that Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific's planned season two content will now launch on Feb. 14. It had previously been expected to launch on Feb. 2.
The studios behind the game tweeted the statement and posted on the offical Call of Duty blog that the delay is the result of player feedback expressing the need for important bug fixes. The announcement marks the second time that Call of Duty: Vanguard's seasonal content has been delayed, which comes as a surprise for a franchise that has up until this been well known for its punctuality.
We’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. Thank you for being patient while we delay the release of Season Two in #Vanguard and #Warzone to prioritize ongoing work to balance and optimize your current gameplay experience.
More intel: https://t.co/dB2ruoguXq pic.twitter.com/iBWEVQFwpfWe’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. Thank you for being patient while we delay the release of Season Two in #Vanguard and #Warzone to prioritize ongoing work to balance and optimize your current gameplay experience.
More intel: https://t.co/dB2ruoguXq pic.twitter.com/iBWEVQFwpf— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) January 19, 2022January 19, 2022
In a post on the official Call of Duty blog, the development team states that they've heard player frustrations, and that the extra two weeks of development time afforded by the delay will be used to address concerns and quality of life improvements. Players have routinely been vocal about a variety of in game glitches such as Operator skins that are invisible in Warzone Pacific, as well as continuing issues with game instability. The post stresses that the fixes are expected for both console generations and PC, and that adjustments to the gameplay loop and game balance will continue being the focus of future improvements.
The development team is also promising more communication with fans and players after receiving criticism for a period of radio silence following the bug riddled implementation of Season 1's content just before the holidays. The announcement for Season 2's delay comes fresh on the heels of the Jan. 18 announcement that Activision Blizzard, the parent company behind Call of Duty, is being acquired by Microsoft. Activision has been embroiled in legal battles amid accusations of sexual harrasment, inequality, and a hostile work culture that has lead to several employee walkouts. Raven Software, the Activision studio primarily responsible for Warzone Specific, is entering its seventh week of an employee strike in support of QA workers who were laid off.
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