Call Of Duty: Vanguard with all of its graphical settings pushed to maximum is a sight to behold. Behind a pair of sunglasses. With your hand covering your eyes for some extra shade. Because, goodness gracious, is this game bright.
The beta, which ends on September 22nd, has been driving players round the bend for a number of reasons. I'm sure this won't surprise you. First and foremost, hackers have descended upon Vanguard like a cloud of wasps on a sticky ice lolly. Even then, the legitimate players have been manipulating the skill-based matchmaking system to enter games with lower-level opponents, which is frankly unfair.
These are but two of the issues that are annoying the Call of Duty community and the impact is perceptible. Indeed, the game didn't break into the top five games being streamed on Twitch last weekend, which is worrying news for developer Sledgehammer Games.
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Another major problem is the sun. That might sound like I'm trying to sell you a conspiracy theory about climate change, but it's the intense brightness of the light that is obscuring players' view of their surroundings. As shown in this screenshot of Vanguard at maximum visual settings, it's unavoidable. Moving from a shaded spot is also disorienting as the lens flare pops in and takes up a lot of the screen with its radial glow.
With one day left, players won't risk their retinas being scorched off for much longer. Sledgehammer Games has been taking account of the fan feedback and acting accordingly so that the game is in the best shape for its final release. However, if you're willing to dig into the files of the game itself for a fix, try removing the sun entirely, which has been suggested by Reddit user ZolfeYT.
At the moment, Activision is the subject of an investigation from the United States government owing to the ongoing lawsuit levied against it on the "pervasive" toxic culture in its offices. A spokesperson for the company expressed that it is "cooperating" with the subpoena that requests documents from its CEO and other higher ups that contain information on instances of harassment and discrimination.
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