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Vanguard Season 2 Reloaded Sniper Rifle Balance Updates

"Given your feedback and our metrics, we recognized that Sniper Rifles were underperforming across the board."
"Given your feedback and our metrics, we recognized that Sniper Rifles were underperforming across the board." / Image courtesy of Activision

With Call of Duty's traditional midseason Season 2 Reloaded update having just arrived, it appears Sledgehammer Games have taken their latest step in perhaps answering the calls of those demanding more updates and fixes for Vanguard — a balancing pass of nearly the entire sniper rifle weapon class.

Although Sledgehammer initially announced that these changes had dropped on March 10, they have now confirmed that players should notice the adjustments starting Tuesday.

"Given your feedback and our metrics, we recognized that Sniper Rifles were underperforming across the board," Sledgehammer said in a developer blog post. "Because of this, we wanted to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each weapon in this class."

Sledgehammer made changes to the three original Vanguard snipers, leaving out the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle, which recently debuted at the start of Season 1.

First up was the Type 99, which Sledgehammer seemingly now envision to be the go-to rifle for quickscopers with a faster ADS time and less sway while walking.

Next, Sledgehammer sought to make the 3-Line Rifle more of a dependable sniper for those who take the time to line up their shots from advantageous positions, decreasing the flinch its users receive when taking fire.

Lastly, the beloved Vanguard Kar98k received a buff as well, having its ADS time reduced to give those using it a better chance in close-quarters combat.

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