[Updated] COD: Warzone directional footstep audio still an issue months later, fix reportedly delayed
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on April 27, 2022) follows:
COD: Warzone is one of the most popular games in the battle-royale segment. It is set in the universe of the Call of Duty saga, inheriting some iconic weapons, skills and characters.
However, an issue with the directional footstep audio has been affecting COD: Warzone players for months. According to reports, they are unable to hear the footsteps of their enemies during matches.
A fix for the footstep audio issue was expected to arrive with the COD: Warzone Season 3 update. But, the new update is very close, and there are no clues about the arrival of the fix.
The COD: Warzone directional footstep audio issue that has been around for months
Many COD: Warzone players have been expressing their displeasure with the poor footstep audio that has been present for months now (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
This problem is serious since it directly affects the matches, as players cannot guess where their enemies are coming from. Some players even suggest that the audio got worse after some updates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
FIX THE EFFING AUDIO PLS. Mass rage uninstall story
It’s unacceptable that the audio is so damn BAD, footstep is the most important issue of course. It’s like all the enemies have DS all the friking time.
I have never heard of a group mass rage uninstalling a game at the same time organically, I’m baffled. Honestly, WZ is my fav game so I guess I’ll probably install it again, but for now, we are enjoying other fps.
This game has the worst audio. How does someone land on you without me hearing it, or how does someone run at you and you can’t even hear their footsteps? I don’t think the developers know what the hell they’re doing at this point.
As in the previous match, someone landed on me without my knowledge, and I received a two-hit melee with full armor. Does that make sense to y’all? Because it doesn’t make any sense to me.
A fix was planned for the COD: Warzone Season 3 update
It’s worth pointing out that, at first, the company justified the footstep audio quality by stating that it was on purpose, in favor of a more realistic experience.
Apparently, the company felt that the sound of footsteps should be much less noticeable than explosions or gunfire. However, this explanation does not convince those affected.
‘There is no doubt that the audio in Modern Warfare has a high dynamic range. This means that the impact of loud explosions or gunfire are (and should be) much more prominent than footsteps’.
But, later, the company changed its mind. Insiders and media invited to meetings with Warzone developers revealed that the company was working on a fix, which would arrive with the Season 3 update.
Fix reportedly delayed, no details on a new ETA
However, the COD: Warzone Season 3 update is very close, and there are no clues that it will bring a fix for the directional footstep audio issue. It’s like the company has forgotten about that by now.
So, it seems that the expected fix experienced a delay to favor other priority aspects. But, an official confirmation about this from the developers is still missing.
We will update this story once new related developments emerge in the future.
Update 1 (May 31)
04:15 pm (IST): A recent COD: Modern Warzone survey suggests that the footstep audio bug still persists or has worsened after Season 3 update.
Around 55% of players think that this issue remains the same, while nearly 21% say that the footstep audio is now even worse than before. Moreover, the remaining 23% feel that the audio has improved after the update.
NOTE: You can also check the COD saga bugs/issues tracker.
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