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Sledgehammer Games has been forced to bring the Secrets of the Pacific event in Call of Duty: Vanguard to a sudden stop because it is causing crashes across all platforms.
Like The Haunting and ‘80s Action Heroes, Vanguard and Warzone players have been tasked with the completion of challenges, however, this time they are to “uncover more about the mysterious Caldera map.” The community will bid adieu to Verdansk (for real this time) in favour of the themed map, and this one has over 200 points of interest across the tropical and volcanic environments. Naturally, players want to get to grips with the new digs but the event itself is proving problematic.
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“Anyone else having the game constantly crash? I'm [on] PS5 and since the recent playlist update with the 'Secrets of the Pacific' event, I can't get through 2 minutes of a game without a crash,” complained one player on the Vanguard subreddit. “Original Xbox One here. Haven’t been able to complete a game since Secrets of the Pacific was added without a crash,” added another.
Simultaneously, Blizzard has also confirmed that it is suffering an ongoing DDOS attack which is impacting the functionality of its client, Battle.net. “We are currently experiencing a DDoS attack, which may result in high latency and disconnections for some players. We are actively working to mitigate this issue,” said the company.
While Sledgehammer Games works out what is initiating these crashes across all platforms, it has taken the event out of circulation. Fortunately, progress will be retained rather than reset, so if you were on the cusp of completing all six challenges then you’ll stay precisely where you were.
Activision, the studio’s parent company and the publisher of Call of Duty, is currently embedded in lawsuits against unfair labour practices in its offices. The state of California has drawn together stories from present and ex-employees that describe a difficult working environment that rewarded “frat boy” behaviour.
In separate statements, the leaders of PlayStation and Xbox have reprimanded Activision for letting this culture prevail without consequences. Jim Ryan thinks that the company "has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment,” whereas Phil Spencer and the other higher ups at Xbox are "evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments."
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