Yesterday, Activision warned that “Call of Duty” cheaters were about to usher in bad news. “Cheaters are not welcome,” it read. “There is no tolerance for scammers, and you will soon understand what we mean.” It was announced today Ricochet, A new anti-cheating technology that uses kernel-level drivers to “help identify cheaters and strengthen and strengthen overall server security.”
“The Ricochet Anti-Cheat Program is a multifaceted approach to combat cheating, with new server-side tools that can monitor and analyze to identify cheating, enhance the investigation process to eliminate cheaters, update to enhance account security, etc.,” Activision said. “In addition In addition to the server enhancements brought by Ricochet Anti-Cheat, it also introduced a new PC kernel-level driver, which was developed internally for the “Call of Duty” series and first launched for “Call of Duty: Warzone.” The The driver will help identify cheaters and strengthen and strengthen overall server security.”
As we have seen before in games such as “Valorant”, “Doom Eternal” and “Genshin Impact” kernel mode anti-cheat features are often controversial, because they are always on-in essence, this means that they are always paying attention Your situation is doing.Activision specified in Special FAQ Ricochet will only run when Call of Duty: Warzone is running. However: the Ricochet kernel needs to be played online, but when the player closes the game, the kernel driver will also be terminated. On the other hand, Vanguard, Riot’s proprietary anti-cheat program, must always be running to play Valorant.
Activision emphasized this on Twitter:
Your privacy is the top priority. In the initial deployment on #Warzone, the kernel-level driver only runs when you are playing games on your PC. In addition, the kernel-level driver only monitors and reports activities related to #CallOfDuty.October 13, 2021
Activision said that Ricochet will only appear on PC, but “host players who cross-play with PC players through expansion will also benefit.” Considering that the most popular cheating tools are targeting robots and wallhack programs that are easily available on PCs, theoretically speaking, eliminating these cheating methods will effectively deter most cheaters.
“There is no single solution or policy for cheating. The commitment of the Ricochet anti-cheating team is the unremitting pursuit of fair competition and fighting against complex cheating issues. We are committed and determined to develop the Ricochet anti-cheating system, fighting for the community, and opposing those People who aim to disrupt their gaming experience.”
This will be a tough sale, especially after Vanguard received strong opposition to Riot before and after the release of “Valorant”, but it does seem to provide some early support for the new system on social media. This may not be surprising: the war zone is full of writers and traditional efforts to stop them have not made much progress. Many players really need to do something effective: as a redditor t_hugs3 Say it as, “It doesn’t work for me to give Activision kernel-level access to my computer… But at the same time, I have been killed by many crooks, and I can honestly say now.”
The new backend anti-cheat feature of Call of Duty will go live with the release of Call of Duty: Pioneer on November 5. Kernel-level drivers will be launched with the Call of Duty: Pacific Update of War Zone later this year.