Activision presented Ricochet Anti-Cheat, a new anti-cheating system which aims to deter and banish cheaters who are rampant in Call of Duty: Warzone. The tool will be deployed in the next update expected soon.
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In a statement released Wednesday, Activision first explained how the new system works. Once installed on the computer, Ricochet Anti-Cheat monitor, at the kernel level of the PC operating system, whether applications attempt to manipulate or interact with Warzone, even going so far as to analyze graphics card drivers.
Activision wanted to reassure players that their private lives will not be compromised. Ricochet Anti-Cheat will only be active when Warzone is underway, according to what can be read in the press release. “Ensuring the privacy of players is extremely important, and the possibility of such a pilot could frighten some users,” the company said.
Ricochet Anti-Cheat will also include “new server-side tools that monitor scans to identify cheating, improved investigation processes to eliminate cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.”
Although the pilot, which is only part of Ricochet Anti-Cheat, will only be available on PC, console players playing in cross-play against people on PC will still benefit.
The tool will be launched in parallel with the update Pacific for Warzone later this year. Call of Duty: Vanguard will benefit from Ricochet at a later date.
Cheating, a scourge in Warzone
The presence of cheaters is a considerable problem for Call of Duty: Warzone on PC, since the launch of the game in March 2020. The latest wave of account bans, which took place in early September, had eliminated 50,000 cheaters while more than 100,000 accounts had just been deleted. According to Polygon, Raven Software has reportedly banned more than 600,000 cheating accounts to date.
“The team’s commitment Ricochet Anti-Cheat is the relentless pursuit of fair-play “Activision said in the statement. “We are dedicated and determined to evolve the system Ricochet Anti-Cheat over time, fighting for the community against those who aim to ruin their gaming experience. ”