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CoD: Vanguard Developer Confirms Penalties for Ranked Play Disconnectors

The Ranked Play Beta arrived in Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.
The Ranked Play Beta arrived in Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. / Image courtesy of Activision

A Call of Duty: Vanguard dev has confirmed some much-requested changes coming to ranked play, with players who quit out of matches and leave their team at a disadvantage now liable for punishment.

Whenever playing ranked play in CoD, it's never fun when you're losing big in the match. And it's worse when you're losing big and your teammates quit on you, leaving you at an even bigger disadvantage to turn the game around. Luckily, lead game designer Lawrence Metten has said that CoD is looking to decrease how often players disconnect from Ranked Play by adding penalties for those who quit.

In a response to a tweet asking about the status of penalizing players who quit games by joining someone on their friends list, Metten tweeted, “Disconnect penalties are coming. We’re also discussing supplemental SR adjustments for players that we know are intentionally leaving matches.”

This is great news for players who are always left hanging when it comes to mounting comebacks in tough Ranked matches, and will hopefully cause these quitters to stay in matches all the way through, win or lose.

He also suggested that more changes could be coming to how players gain or lose SR while playing ranked matches.

“We had some great discussions around SR this week and are looking into some adjustments,” he confirmed. “It is an Elo-based system, so how much you earn or lose is relative to the skill of other players in the match and how the system predicts you should be performing.”

While it’s still early days for ranked play in CoD: Vanguard, Treyarch is clearly constantly looking out for improvements to be made, which is a good sign for the game mode.