In an effort to combat rampant cheating issues in the PC version of Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision recently announced an anti-cheat that works at kernel-level similar to that of Riot Vanguard, the anti-cheat system for Valorant.
Activision states that Ricochet’s “backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard” while its kernel-level driver will release with Warzone’s Pacific update. “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.”
Unlike Riot Vanguard, the kernel-level driver will only run when players launch either Warzone or CoD: Vanguard, and will promptly turn off as soon as the game shuts down. Activision also encourages players to report suspicious activity which will provide a great deal of help thanks to the use of Machine Learning that will identify and adapt to deal with hackers and cheaters.
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But things are already going awry for Activision as the anti-cheat drivers have been leaked to hackers. This has been confirmed by multiple anonymous sources who state that the anti-cheat is “nothing special” as is it already being reverse-engineered by cheat developers.
Although it could be possible that the anti-cheat has been leaked intentionally in order to test any or all vulnerabilities before it is rolled out to the general public. The leaked build could also be a fake-out to waste hackers’ time while the final release might end up being something entirely different.
Either way, we’ll be seeing the end result when Call of Duty: Vanguard launches on November 5, 2021.
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