Vanguard is no longer found among the PS Store’s featured titles.
Activision Blizzard sued by the state of California earlier this year, accused the studio of harboring a toxic work environment and some former and current employees of various forms of harassment. The suit has continued and evolved since then, but Activision Blizzard has yet to take any form of meaningful action. Then this week, a report alleges CEO Bobby Kotick Knows About Harassment and even saved the job of a male employee involved showed up.
The allegations led most people to believe that the situation had finally come to an end and that serious action and change would take place in the studio, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Activision Blizzard’s board of directors rallied around its CEO, which led to the studio’s staff having a major argument. PlayStation and Xbox owners Jim Ryan and Phil Spencer have also spoken out on the matter, and it looks like the former has gone a step further.
Many people have called PlayStation and Xbox delete Activision Blizzard games if they really want to send the message, and it looks like PlayStation has done the next best thing. Call of Duty: Vanguard, the latest installment in the long-running CoD series that launched two weeks ago, is no longer at the center of the PlayStation featured store. You can see how the PS Store looked like yesterday compared to today in the tweet below, but Vanguard is nowhere to be found.
Vanguard hasn’t been completely removed, fate came to Cyberpunk 2077 last year after its launch problems. However, removing the game from its highlights page is a big deal, and a big message from Ryan and PlayStation about how they feel about Activision Blizzard defending the alleged actions of certain employees and special especially its CEO Kotick.
Considering what Spencer has to say about the situation, it seems extremely likely that Xbox will follow PlayStation’s lead in this regard. There’s also no telling how far this will go in terms of how much PlayStation is willing to take. It can remove Vanguard entirely if removing it from its featured store doesn’t get the desired results. What PlayStation has done will certainly affect Vanguard sales, something Activision Blizzard’s higher-ups can really take note and react to.
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https://www.thegamer.com/call-duty-vanguard-pulled-ps-featured-store/ Vanguard has been removed from the PlayStation featured store