Cheaters have been a serious problem for Call of Duty: Warzone since the battle royale was released and hackers even made their way to lobbies during Vanguard’s multiplayer beta. Activision has finally revealed the details for the new anti-cheat system, which will hopefully take care of these frustrating cheaters.
Today (October 13th), Activision announced that Call of Duty will be combating cheaters with the upcoming Ricochet Anti-Cheat system. They describe it as a ”
multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.”
The Ricochet Anti-Cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5th. These features will also arrive with the Vanguard-themed Pacific-map heading to Call of Duty: Warzone later on this year.
There will also be a new PC kernel-level driver, which has been developed internally for Call of Duty. This new driver won’t be available with Vanguard’s release, but will instead launch first with Warzone’s Pacific map update and will come to Vanguard at a later time. Activision says new driver will assist in the identification of cheaters as well as help reinforce and strengthen overall server security.
“Kernel-level drivers are given a high-level of access to monitor and manage software and applications on a PC, such as your PC’s graphics card driver,” Activision said. “The driver element of the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system will check the software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone, providing the overall security team more data to bolster security.”
The kernel-level driver is going to cause some controversy, since the kernel is the core of a PC’s operating system. These drivers gain the highest level of access to a player’s PC. However, if you plan to play Warzone, it will be needed.
Activision also included player privacy in their statement, saying that the driver is not always on. The software supposedly turns on when you start Call of Duty: Warzone and should turn back off when you close the game. Furthermore, the kernel-level driver only monitors and reports activity related to the game.
Cheaters will also be further countered by the use of machine learning algorithms, which should help identify suspicious behavior trends. Activision did confirm players will still have the option to report supposed cheaters.
Although some players might be hesitant to use a kernel-level anti-cheat, the amount of cheating in Warzone really needs an extreme measure to finally bring down the massive amount of hackers. Activision already banned over half a million Call of Duty accounts, but cheaters don’t ever stop.
These kernel-level anti-cheats are nothing new, since Riot Games uses kernel drivers for both League of Legends and Valorant.