Yesterday, Activision warned that bad news was on its way for Call of Duty cheaters. “Cheaters are not welcome,” he wrote. “There is no tolerance for cheaters, and soon you will know what we mean.” Today, it delivered on that promise with the announcement of Ricochet, a new anti-cheat technology that uses a kernel-level driver to “help identify cheaters, and bolster and enhance overall server security.”
The Ricochet Anti-Cheat Initiative is a multi-faceted approach to tackling cheating, with new server-side tools that monitor scans to identify cheating, improved investigation processes to eliminate cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more, ”Activision said. . In addition to the server enhancements coming with Ricochet Anti-Cheat, there’s the launch of a new PC kernel-level driver, developed in-house for the Call of Duty franchise, and released first for Call of Duty: Warzone. This driver will aid in the identification of cheaters, strengthening and strengthening the overall security of the server. “
Kernel-mode anti-cheats, as we’ve seen previously in games like Valorant, Doom Eternal, and Genshin Impact, are often controversial because they’re always on, meaning they always keep tabs on what you’re doing. are. Make. Activision made it clear in a dedicated FAQ that Ricochet will only work when Call of Duty: Warzone is running, however: the Ricochet kernel will be required to play online, but when players stop the game, the kernel driver will shut down. will also finish. Riot’s proprietary anti-cheat program Vanguard, on the other hand, must be running at all times to play Valorant.
Activision made this point on Twitter:
Your privacy is a top priority. When initially deployed to #Warzone, the kernel-level driver will ONLY work when playing the game on PC. In addition, the kernel-level driver ONLY monitors and reports activity related to #CallOfDuty.October 13, 2021
Ricochet will only be on PC, but “by extension, console gamers playing cross-play against PC gamers will also benefit,” Activision said. Since the most popular cheat tools are the aimbot and wallhack programs easily obtained on a PC, eliminating these cheating methods would actually stop most cheaters, in theory.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution or policy for cheating. The commitment of the Ricochet Anti-Cheat Team is the relentless pursuit of fair play, which combats the sophisticated problem of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system, fighting for the community against those who aim to spoil their gaming experience. “
It will be a tough sell, especially after the highly visible backlash against Riot received about Vanguard around the Valorant launch, but there appears to be some early stage support for the new system on social media. Which is perhaps not surprising: Warzone is inundated with cheaters, and conventional efforts to stop them haven’t gained much ground. A very large number of gamers really have something effective to do: as redditor t_hugs3 put it, “Something about Activision’s kernel level access to my computer doesn’t suit me … but at the same time time i was killed by so many cheaters i could honestly not care at this point. “
Call of Duty’s new backend anti-cheat features will go live with the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5. The kernel-level pilot will roll out later this year with the Pacific update for Call of Duty: Warzone.