Activision Gives Update On Call Of Duty Anti-Cheat, States More Measures Are On The Way

Activi­sion has pro­vid­ed an update on Call of Duty’s anti-cheat sys­tem, Ric­o­chet, which was launched towards the end of 2021. This secu­ri­ty was final­ly put into place after pro­fes­sion­als and reg­u­lar play­ers alike com­plained about War­zone being plagued with cheaters.

In a recent blog post, Activi­sion said cheat­ing with­in War­zone reached an “all-time low” dur­ing the hol­i­days, point­ing to the suc­cess of Ric­o­chet. How­ev­er, Activi­sion is well aware that bat­tling cheaters is tru­ly never-ending.

As time has pro­gressed cheat devel­op­ers have looked for new ways to try to exploit the game. Some have suc­ceed­ed, many have not. While a recent rise in cheat­ing is not at the lev­el it was dur­ing Ver­dan­sk, accord­ing to our data, any increase is frus­trat­ing,” Activi­sion said. “Our team is con­stant­ly mon­i­tor­ing and will con­tin­ue every effort to pre­vent and com­bat this wher­ev­er pos­si­ble. This back and forth is expect­ed, and while anti-cheat is not a mag­ic bul­let, this is a bat­tle we’re com­mit­ted to fighting.”

Also with­in this blog post, Activi­sion said that is released a new fea­ture called Dam­age Shield, which can iden­ti­fy cheat­ing in real time–preventing that play­er from doing “crit­i­cal dam­age” to oth­ers. This fea­ture will nev­er impact “law-abid­ing” users, Activi­sion said.

When the serv­er detects a cheater is tam­per­ing with the game in real-time, it dis­ables the cheater’s abil­i­ty to inflict crit­i­cal dam­age on oth­er play­ers. This mit­i­ga­tion leaves the cheater vul­ner­a­ble to real play­ers and allows ]Ric­o­chet] to col­lect infor­ma­tion about a cheater’s sys­tem,” Activi­sion said. “We track these encoun­ters to ensure there is no pos­si­bil­i­ty for the game to apply a Dam­age Shield ran­dom­ly or by acci­dent, no mat­ter the skill lev­el. To be clear, we will nev­er inter­fere in gun­fights between law-abid­ing com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers. Dam­age Shield is now out of test­ing and deployed across the globe.”

Dam­age Shield is just “one of many” new fea­tures that make up Ric­o­chet, with more in devel­op­ment. Activi­sion did say that since some of these fea­tures went live the past few weeks, the com­pa­ny has seen a decline in cheat­ing reports. “But we know the work is nev­er done,” the gam­ing giant stated.

Activi­sion also teased what seems to be a poten­tial­ly out­landish way to mit­i­gate cheaters, say­ing,  “You might start see­ing clips of our new tricks soon, but we won’t ruin the surprise.” 

The com­pa­ny said it wants to share as much detail as it can regard­ing its anti-cheat projects–but not too much (for obvi­ous reasons).

Last­ly, Activi­sion said its secu­ri­ty enforce­ment pol­i­cy will now per­ma­nent­ly ban play­ers on every account they have for “extreme, repeat­ed” vio­la­tions of the pol­i­cy. “Addi­tion­al­ly, any attempt to hide, dis­guise, or obfus­cate your iden­ti­ty or the iden­ti­ty of your hard­ware devices may also result in a per­ma­nent sus­pen­sion,” Activi­sion said. These “per­ma­nent sus­pen­sions” will be applied to Call of Duty: Mod­ern War­fare, Black Ops Cold War, War­zone, and Van­guard, as well as upcom­ing titles like next year’s Mod­ern War­fare 2 and the sec­ond War­zone title.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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