Activision and Call of Duty have just announced the details for their “Multi Faceted” anti-cheat system named “RICOCHET” which will be coming to Call of Duty Vanguard and Warzone later this year to combat the rampant cheating that has taken place over this year.
Cheating in Call of Duty has become a HUGE issue among fans of the series, These cheats would allow users in Warzone to end the game, In Black Ops Cold War cheaters are able to see thru walls , Although Raven Software and Activision have done ban waves causing thousands of users to be BANNED, fans have begged relentlessly for a legitimate anti-cheat.
This is where the new anti-cheat “Ricochet” announced by Activision will come in handy, it will use kernel level drivers to detect if files of the game are being tampered with. The anti-cheat will also feature an “enhanced investigation process” which will use a “new server side tool” that uses in game analytics to detect a cheater.
Call of Duty’s Anti-Cheat will feature two different levels of detection, One being a server side tool and the other being a kernel level driver to detect files being manipulated with.
The RICOCHET Server Improvements
Call of Duty’s new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system feature a “multi-faceted” approach to combating cheaters, the back side anti-cheat system will be added when Vanguard launches on Novemeber 5th and will come to Warzone when the Pacific Map comes out in late November.
- New server side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheaters
- Uses an enhanced investigation process to verify cheaters
- Strengthens account security and more
The RICOCHET PC Kernel-Level Driver
Along side the Server Improvements, the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will also feature a kernel-level driver that will be coming with the release of the Pacific Warzone Map, and later for Call of Duty vanguard.
Although the kernel driver is only for PC players it will also “benefit console players on cross-play” as well, this is because the driver is given a “high level of access to monitor and manage software and applications on a PC“.
The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Driver is given such a high level of access to your computer because it will “check the software and applications that attempt to interact with or manipulate Call of Duty”, providing the security team more data to “bolster security”.
Kernel-Level Privacy Concerns
Coming with the integration of a kernel-level driver comes with concerns for the users privacy, this is because the driver is usually given access to all of the systems programs and applications.
Unfortunately in this day and age, kernel-level anti-cheats are going to become the normal to protect gamers from having a bad experience. So the developers over at Call of Duty have made a list to show you “how your privacy will remain unaffected” with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat.
- RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
- RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver is not always-on.
- RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver monitors the software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
- When you shut down Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver turns off.
Feedback and Transparency
Even though these policy’s are in place, you and other players play a crucial role in stopping cheaters in their tracks. So they have urged people to “continue to report issues in game”, this will allow the RICOCHET team to “adapt all tools to combat cheaters”.
The RICOCHET team also noted that the system uses “machine learning algorithms” that will “examine gameplay data” to “identify suspicious behavior trends” and add another layer of security.
They intend to “amplify its arrival” by using methods in game as well as their other “communication channels” such as – blogs, social medias, and other forms of outreach.
Although they state that there is “no single solution or policy to cheating”, the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is “dedicated and determined” to evolve the system, fighting for the community “against those that aim to spoil the gaming experience”.
RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Release Date
Activision announced that the RICOCHET anti-cheat server side improvements will come with the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5th, and will be added to Warzone with the integration of the Pacific Warzone map on November 23rd.
The Kernel-Level Driver will be coming with the Pacific Warzone map on November 23rd, but wont be added to Call of Duty: Vanguard until a later date.