Although Call of Duty: Warzone’s Ricochet anti-cheat was recently praised for keeping cheaters away from the free-to-play shooter, may not be working as well as previously hoped. It’s being reported that hackers are now flying around Caldera and Rebirth Island in cars.
Call of Duty players have dubbed these flying cars the “Harry Potter meta,” and this isn’t even the first time it’s happened. Cheaters used this same tactic last year when Verdansk was still around, using the flying land vehicles to disrupt matches.
As is seen in the clip below, a team of cheaters are buzzing about the skies of Caldera in on of Warzone’s vehicles. The aerial view offers an obvious vantage point for seeking out and eliminating targets. Obviously, these flying cars can be a big distraction and hard cheat to encounter. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of aimbot and wallhacks trickling back into Warzone already.
Reddit user Seanfitz12 shared a clip of a flying car during a match on Rebirth Island. The Harry Potter car isn’t funny after all,” they said. Gameplay shows the playing looting a house, where a flying car then crashes into the building’s exterior and managing to kill the player inside.
When Ricochet was initially announced, Activision said the anti-cheat system is multi-layered, including the use of machine-learning algorithms to examine gameplay data from the server. It will then use that information to help identify suspicious behavior trends, thus evolving the efficiency of the anti-cheat. Hopefully, Ricochet will quickly be able to track the issues and get rid of these hackers.
Call of Duty players have been going through the wringer lately with performance issues and bugs throughout Season 1, so the hackers are just adding to the irritation. Activision just recently delayed Season 2 for Vanguard and Warzone, to work on bringing quality-of-life improvements to several Call of Duty titles.
Of course, with the recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, it’s unclear how this will impact Call of Duty. We do know that the franchise will continue to be released on the PlayStation platform, as announced by Xbox’s Phil Spencer.