Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Vanguard Players Describe Blueprint-Exclusive Buff as 'Pay-to-Win'

The Debt Collector Blueprint is the only way to get the Steady Aim proficiency in Vanguard.
The Debt Collector Blueprint is the only way to get the Steady Aim proficiency in Vanguard. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Players of Call of Duty: Vanguard have discovered a Blueprint in the game that provides a buff to a weapon that can't be accessed by any other means, gating it behind a cash payment. Many are now up in arms about what they see as an unfair advantage being offered to players who can afford to pay.

The STG44 assault rifle has been a popular choice since Vanguard's launch earlier this month, and it offers six free customization options for its boost. A seventh bonus is available only to players who buy the Debt Collector Blueprint: the Steady Aim proficiency.

Steady Aim reduces movement penalties when firing the STG44 or being suppressed. Although it's not an incredibly powerful bonus on its own, the fact that it can't be accessed except through payment has players worried that it signals a looming trend of more and more advantages being locked behind purchases.

It's possible the inclusion of Steady Aim was a mistake, as it's not available for any other weapons in the game. Sledgehammer Games has yet to respond to player complaints about the exclusive boost.