Call of Duty: Warzone’s new anti-cheat software rolling out next month
Call of Duty: War Zone will get a kernel-level anti-cheat system in an update slated for next month, a significant escalation in developer efforts to weed out and eliminate cheaters from a free battle royale that claims over 100 million users .
As if acknowledging the seriousness of this development, an Activision press release on Wednesday included several statements and assurances about player privacy and what the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system will do on their computers. Ricochet will only work when players are in Call of Duty: war zone on their PCs, Activision said, and the software isn’t an “always-on” monitor. “The kernel-level driver monitors and reports only Call of Duty related activity,” the statement said.
A driver installed at the kernel level of a PC has high level access to the software and applications installed on that machine, including its graphics card driver. Ricochet will monitor applications that attempt to interact or manipulate Call of Duty: War Zone.
“Ensuring player privacy is extremely important, and the prospect of a kernel-level pilot may give some gamers pause,” Activision said. When the players stop Call of Duty: War Zone, the driver turns off, the company said. Ricochet 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.”
The deployment of Ricochet is expected to coincide with the launch, on November 5, of Call of Duty: The Vanguard, a separate title under development at Sledgehammer Games, but whose multiplayer will integrate with War zone. When Ricochet arrives, we will have to play War zone.
Cheating has been a huge problem for Call of Duty: War Zone on PC, almost since its launch in March 2020. The latest wave of account bans, in early September, eliminated 50,000 cheaters and came a week after the deletion of 100,000 accounts. To date, Raven Software has banned over 600,000 accounts that it has logged in to cheat or provide cheats.
“The commitment of the Ricochet Anti-Cheat Team is the relentless pursuit of fair play,” the statement said on Wednesday, “which is combated against the sophisticated problem of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the Ricochet anti-cheat system over time, fighting for the community against those who aim to spoil their gaming experience. “
RIot Games has implemented a kernel-level anti-cheat system for its hero shooter valiant back when this game was in closed beta in the spring of 2020. When word of its existence spread, the developers at Riot also had to spend a lot of time reassuring players that their privacy was always preserved when the anti-cheat tool was running. valiantThe toolkit of, called Vanguard, is also required to play this game.
Ricochet, according to the press release, “monitors software or applications that attempt to interact with Call of Duty: War Zone. “The pilot reports to Raven Software and helps the anti-cheat team gather information on cheating and suspicious behavior. Machine learning algorithms will also examine game data to” identify trends in suspicious behavior and add another layer of security, ”Activision said.
That said, “Player reporting will remain an essential part of all anti-cheat measures, so it is important that players continue to report suspicious behavior they encounter online,” Activision added.