Today, following the announcement, which we wrote about earlier, the developers of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone have provided details on a new anti-cheat system. It has been dubbed RICOCHET Anti-Cheat and is expected to be found in both games - first in Warzone (in the Pacific update), and on November 5 also in Vanguard.
The system is to work in two ways: both on the servers of a given game and on players' computers. Improvements made on the first level will allow for more efficient identification and removal of cheaters. When it comes to the potentially worrying second issue, that is is what will be happening on our hard drives, it seems that the whole process is to come down to launching a special driver at the start of the game, operating at the level of the OS kernel. It's supposed to monitor players' platforms during the game and report if it detects any forbidden external software. Importantly, it will stop working when the application is closed. More information on the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system can be found here.
There's less than a month left until the release of Call of Duty : Vanguard, but already during the beta testing the game had problems with cheaters. Cheaters, who for months have been making life miserable for fans of Call of Duty: Warzone, moved to the servers of the yet unreleased production and started spoiling the fun for honest players. The developers of both titles - which will be integrated on the day of Vanguard's debut on November 5 - are not going to let this phenomenon escalate any further. In yesterday's announcement(see below) they made it clear that cheaters will no longer be tolerated. What could this mean? Certainly the announcement of a new anti-cheat, which we have already heard of in August.
According to the caption "see you tomorrow", which was attached to the message, it seems that the first details regarding the tightening of the rules may be revealed today. How will the creators of CoD: Vanguard i Warzone mitigate the problem? For now we know only that bans from the latter game will also be valid in the former. Moreover, we can expect that the rules of banning will be tightened and the bans will become even more permanent. Who knows, maybe they will even move to other online games from Activision's portfolio?
Creative director of Raven Software, the co-creators of Warzone, Amos Hodge, stated that he's upset that cheaters are ruining one of the best games he's ever worked on.
"(...) we have reporting tools, we ban a ton of people and no one hates the cheaters more than we do."
Such a strong stance against cheaters certainly deserves recognition from the community. The question is, won't honest players suffer from stricter rules? Regardless of when details of the new anti-cheat will be announced, in practice we will learn more when CoD: Vanguard debuts on PC, PS4, PS5, XOne and XSX|S.