In what may or may not be good news for lovebirds, CoD:Vanguard Season 2 delayed to Valentine’s

Depending on one’s perspective, Valentine’s Day just got a little sweeter, or the beginning of February more maddening, for fans of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Citing all sorts of reasons, while skirting around some big ones, game developer Activision announced that the season two rollout of the game has been pushed from February 2 to February 14. Also affected is a planned content update for the free-to-play Warzone Pacific.

In announcing the delay, Activision pushed the narrative that it’s thinking first and foremost about Call of Duty players. The company says it will be working in the coming weeks to fix various bugs and stability issues that have been identified as problematic for Vanguard and Warzone Pacific.

Acknowledging that it understands that fans are frustrated, Activision said the following in a release:

“To date, we’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. For this reason, we have decided to reschedule the start of Season Two across Warzone Pacific and Vanguard to February 14. We will use this additional development time to deliver updates, including optimizations to gameplay, game balancing (including weapon and equipment balancing), to fix game stability and bugs, and to ensure an overall level of polish to improve the experience for players across Vanguard, Warzone Pacific, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare.”

Not done there, it added, “Upcoming implementations will address several concerns raised by the community and other quality-of-life improvements. Adjusting the core gameplay loop, mechanics, and balance is a continuing and important focus. Fixes will apply to your platform of choice — two generations of consoles and PC — as well as gameplay in general across all five systems.”

Of course bugs and glitches in Call of Duty aren’t Activision Blizzard’s only problems these days.

Over the past year Activision Blizzard, which has over 10,000 employees in studios around the world, has been hit with repeated accusations that its work-place is toxic. That, along with accusations of sexual harassment, has led employee walk-outs, firings, and demands for a change of work-place culture.

Then, to kick off this week, Microsoft announced that it’s made a bid to take over the company. Sometimes fixing a bug or 10 in a video game takes a backseat to life.

In the meantime, if you’re one of the millions fans of Call of Duty: Vanguard, or Warzone Pacific, start preparing your loved one for the news that, come the most romantic day of the year, you plan to be killing people left, right, and centre on the battlefield. Sometimes duty calls.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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