Activision has announced their new anti-cheat software for Call Of Duty: Warzone, titled Ricochet. After dealing with what seemed to be constant issues of hackers and cheaters despite large scale ban after large scale ban on Activision’s end, this new software will first release with Call Of Duty: Vanguard, before making its way to Warzone.
The news comes from a blog post on the official Call Of Duty website, which discusses Ricochet and the commitment that Activision has towards combatting cheaters.
“We are proud to introduce Ricochet Anti-Cheat, a robust anti-cheat system supported by a team of dedicated professionals focused on fighting unfair play. The Ricochet Anti-Cheat initiative is 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 blog post went on, speaking about why Ricochet matters for players and for Call Of Duty.
“1. A Full Anti-Cheat System. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat brings a broad enhancement to the security of for Call of Duty, bringing server enhancements to Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone. Launching first in Warzone later this year is a new kernel-level driver on PC. The driver will be integrated into Call of Duty: Vanguard at a later date. The new initiative allows for rapid iteration to combat a sophisticated and evolving problem.
2. Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Kernel-Level Driver. 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. 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. Once the kernel-level driver is deployed; it will be required to play Warzone. For more detailed information about RICOCHET Anti-Cheat and its kernel-level driver, read the dedicated FAQ.
3. Protecting Your Privacy. In its initial rollout on Call of Duty: Warzone, the kernel-level driver will only operate when you play on PC. The driver is not always-on. The software turns on when you start Call of Duty: Warzone and shuts down when you close the game. Plus, the kernel-level driver only monitors and reports activity related to Call of Duty.
4. Feedback and Transparency Are Crucial. You are also a critical part in our pursuit to combat cheating. So, please continue to report issues in-game, allowing the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team to adapt all tools to combat cheaters.”
While the kernel level drive Activision mentions will only install on PC, the post does say that console players playing against PC players through cross-play will still also benefit from this security measure. In any case, it seems like Activision is cracking down harder than ever on cheaters.
Source – [Call Of Duty]