Vanguard Players Express Displeasure Over ‘Low Effort’ Season 2 Battle Pass


Sledgehammer Games can’t take a break. After releasing Call of Duty: Vanguard in late 2021, returning Call of Duty developers – Sledgehammer jumped a year into Activision’s cycle after Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 – have come under heavy criticism. For example, angry players are now describing the latest Battle Pass as a “low-effort” offering that is sorely lacking in anything of noticeable value.

Vanguard may still have sold relatively well in 2021, but its sales numbers have dropped significantly compared to 2020’s Black Ops Cold War and 2019’s Modern Warfare.

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The Vanguard Season 2 Battle Pass Is Downright Awful

One player, “Chillenge”, took to Reddit to blast Sledgehammer for a lackluster Battle Pass. Moreover, the user fears that this trend will become the norm for future Battle Passes. Of course, this is against Activision Blizzard’s best interests. The publisher loses revenue the less people buy a Battle Pass for Call of Duty. But, Activision Blizzard needs to do something to make the Battle Pass attractive, to which Chillenge makes a handful of important points.

Specifically, Chillenge listed everything they believe was missing or wrong in the Vanguard Season 2 Battle Pass, such as:

  • 25 Tiers of Double XP Tokens.
  • 18 tiers of weapon blueprints, but only 9 legendary.
  • 10 levels of emblems.
  • 8 levels of calling cards.
  • 6 levels of charms.

Incredibly Low Effort on CODWarzone Battle Pass Rewards

Each Seasonal Battle Pass includes 100 tiers of new in-game content for Call of Duty. Players don’t have to spend any money for this, as 20 levels are free. Players can also unlock each level just by playing, which means it’s a very worthwhile purchase. But, at the same time, a Battle Pass costs 1,000 COD Points or $9.99 to buy. When you consider the time and money invested in clearing 100 tiers of any Battle Pass, players have every right to expect something of value in return. Unfortunately, with 67 reward tiers that players consider “low effort,” the Season 2 Battle Pass isn’t worth spending money or fighting for.

The Vanguard Season 2 Battle Pass review comes at a tumultuous time for Activision Blizzard. The company is in the midst of an acquisition phase which will be finalized in mid-2023. Until then, fans are already looking forward to a sequel to Call of Duty Warzone by Infinity Ward alongside Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, which was announced earlier this month. Also, despite all the negativity, Activision continues to invest in its branded shooters, with the publisher apparently planning a crossover event with King Kong and Godzilla.

The pressure is on Sledgehammer Games to provide a worthy Battle Pass for Vanguard to guide players until Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty game hits the market.
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