Soon after Activision announced the new Call of Duty anti-cheat, Ricochet, It turned out that a version of the new software was leaked, and the cheaters were already reverse-engineering it.
But Activision is satisfied with this because the company expects this to happen. Before the release of Ricochet, the developer actually launched a test version to a limited number of users. The goal of these limited versions is to test compatibility and system stability. This is particularly important for kernel-level anti-cheating, considering that it improves access to operating system functions.
That is based on vice, Which cited two anonymous sources familiar with the Activision project. In fact, the developers expected the build to leak and let more advanced cheat creators “bypass the first version.”
“So, as long as they are not testing with a non-release-ready version (such as a non-obfuscated version or a version with available debugging symbols), the only impact is that cheating developers get a small start. Running public for Activision, Testing may be more valuable than additional secrecy,” said Paul Chamberlain, who is in charge of Riot’s own kernel-level anti-cheating Vanguard.
Obviously, it remains to be seen what effect this will have on cheating in the theater. Normally, the job of controlling cheating is an endless tug of war with those who sell cheating for hundreds of dollars.
Ricochet will make its debut in the Pacific Update’s Warzone later this year, and then will appear in Vanguard.