Call of Duty Vanguard’s Beta begins tomorrow and its Suppression mechanic already looks broken.
Every time a new Call of Duty game comes out, fans get to throw a fit over changes they don’t like. This time though, it looks like some of their criticisms could be warranted.
Shortly after the debut of the new Vanguard Multiplayer trailer, Sledgehammer Games revealed the existence of a new Suppression mechanic. And it’s everything we don’t want to see in a Call of Duty title.
As a whole, Vanguard’s Multiplayer actually looks quite good. After all, we’re getting an insane amount of 6v6 maps at launch, and there’s a new combat pacing mechanic that changes up the game for good.
But it seems that Suppression is already bugging players, even before we get time to truly see it in action.
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Is Vanguard’s Suppression Mechanic Overpowered?
Could Call of Duty Vanguard’s new Suppression mechanic be a little over-tuned? The fans certainly think so.
In the recent Vanguard Alpha, players complained that the Champion Hill game mode encouraged camping. Partner that up with Vanguard’s new blindfire mechanic and you’ve got a recipe for a slow-paced game.
But now, one more change is making Sledgehammer Games’ title a little difficult to enjoy.
Thanks to Vanguard’s Suppression system, players will experience a huge movement speed reduction when under fire. Likened by YouTuber PrestigeIsKey to walking through honey, the speed reduction also stops a suppressed player from sprinting.
Admittedly, using Vanguard’s hugely complex Gunsmith, players can use the Steady perk to reduce the movement penalty for being suppressed. However, the Disable weapon perk actually increased suppression generated by each shot, in a perfect counter to that solution.
With the Piercing Vision perk, players can even see enemies through walls while suppressing them, which seems entirely broken. This is even more of an issue when you consider the fact that Vanguard’s destruction physics allow players to shoot through many walls with ease.
Vanguard fans will need to run the Low Profile perk to avoid Piercing Vision entirely, though it does nothing to prevent the effects of Suppression. And that’s not the only Vanguard perk that seems to be mandatory on every loadout!
Take a look at Vanguard’s Suppression mechanic in action below:
At the end of the day, we’ll only know how bad Suppression is when Vanguard officially launches. However, with a new Beta dropping tomorrow, we’re certain to see even more complaints arise in the near future.