There have been some nagging issues that players have experienced with Call of Duty: Vanguard in its early days. From the various glitches in the game to weapons not leveling up quickly enough, players have sent a large amount of feedback to developer Sledgehammer Games. However, among the chief complaints is for the developers to remove player collision in Vanguard.
Player collision is the mechanic that makes players bump into each other when they’re near one another. This mechanic has been featured and not featured in Call of Duty titles in the past. For reasons unknown, Sledgehammer has included it in Vanguard, much to a large portion of the community’s frustration. As a result, these players are requesting the developers change course and remove player collision in Vanguard altogether.
Player collision the subject of controversy in Vanguard
The conversation about player collision was truly started when popular content creator @ModernWarzone brought the subject up on Twitter.
Please remove teammate player collision in #Vanguard, it’s terrible. @SHGames
— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) November 19, 2021
They, somewhat, kindly requested for Sledgehammer Games to remove the mechanic from Vanguard, simply saying “it’s terrible.”
This tweet garnered responses from many others in the community, as they all share the same opinion. One player even said they were bumped into an enemy’s Thermite Grenade while on a killstreak and promptly died. That situation is the most apparent example of why player collision, and more specifically teammate collision, is such a polarizing mechanic in Call of Duty.
I got booped by a player on a 10 killstreak into a thermite, this needs to go.
— Sam (@Sam__219) November 19, 2021
Essentially, players are sometimes forced into a bad situation simply because their teammate ran in the same direction as them. One popular Reddit post recently exemplified this sentiment. The user stated: “I can’t even count the amount of times my rush was ruined or I’ve been killed because a teammate was in the way.”
There doesn’t appear to be a large crowd of players defending player collision. With such a vocal majority voicing their opinion about the mechanic, perhaps Sledgehammer Games will reverse course in the upcoming weeks. They recently did just that in the Nov. 18 patch notes with the controversial bloom mechanic.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.