Call of Duty Vanguard PS5 PlayStation 5 1

Remember when platform holders used to sign meaningful marketing arrangements? We lived through the entire PlayStation 3 generation, so we recall having to wait for Call of Duty map packs and Grand Theft Auto V expansions. In this era of cross-platform play, however, manufacturers are still desperately trying to cling onto the concept of “exclusive” perks – and Call of Duty: Vanguard’s are a bit embarrassing.

While this is ultimately good news for all potential players of the first-person shooter, regardless of platform, the PlayStation Blog post makes for slightly amusing reading. Did you know, for example, that those who purchase a Battle Pass Bundle for either the new game or Call of Duty: Warzone on PlayStation will get five – count them, five! – additional Tier Skips? “That’s a total of 25 Tier Skips!” a desperate Daniel Noel exclaimed, who’s clearly ruing his role at Activision right now.

But that’s not all, readers – oh no! PS Plus subscribers will get a free in-game bundle, featuring “a new Operator Skin, Weapon Blueprint, and much more”. PlayStation 5 and PS4 players can also look forward to a 25 per cent boost to Weapon XP when playing in parties (seriously!), and “exclusive” monthly Double XP windows that will last for 24 hours at most. And finally, the pièce de résistance: two additional loadout slots.