Call of Duty: Vanguard Players Mock the Game’s ‘Historically Accurate’ Audio
There have been a number of complaints about the Vanguard beta, including issues with visibility and audio. Some fans have gone further than that and accused the Call of Duty beta of sound mixing being deliberately designed to mimic a soldier with severe hearing loss.
Redditor ian2345 shared the argument that the game was set in 1945, towards the end of World War 2. Many soldiers would have suffered hearing damage from the lack of ear protection while on the battlefield. This is one reason for the constant audio problems that plague beta players. It makes it difficult to recognize muffled footsteps or even gunshots. Duty: Vanguard promised to resolve these issues during beta testing, but Sledgehammer Games have not made any concrete statements regarding the audio problems.
According to to ian2345, the audio issues are a clever attempt at creating realism. They add in the subtle, easily-missed detail of each sound being tinny, difficult to hear, and so on. The Vanguard Beta is currently under attack by cheaters, and the audio problems on top of it seem to have caused a lot of irritation. The sound effects of the gunshots can make it difficult to identify other players.
Fans have a lot of complaints about the audio from the feet. It is difficult to hear even if you are hiding or running around the battlefield. This isn’t the first time that a Call of Duty game had problems with footsteps– Call of Duty had the exact opposite problem with extremely loud footsteps that gave away players’ positions and allowed enemies to track them around the map. It was distracting but Call of Duty Vanguard‘s muffled footsteps may be worse, as @DEANOJEAVO demonstrates in a gameplay video. The clip shows a player wandering through a snowy map trying to find enemies that they can hear from far away.
It appears that other fans have responded well to ian2345’s complaints, although most comments dropped the faux reality argument in favor of critiquing the game directly. Redditors complained about Axis absence, while others focused on poor sound design. Twitch streamer xQc also criticized the Call of Duty Beta, focusing instead on its tanky enemies.