Call Of Duty Will Eliminate Cheaters Using New RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System

Call Of Duty Will Eliminate Cheaters Using New RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System


Like most online games, Call Of Duty's multiplayer mode also has a hacker problem. To gain an unfair advantage, it is filled with cheaters who use hacking tools, such as aimbots and wallhacks. This unethical practice spoils the fun of others and hurts the reputation of the game.

To address this issue, publisher Activision will soon launch an anti-cheat system called “RICOCHET.” It will arrive for COD Vanguard when it launches on November 5th, while COD Warzone will get it in the Pacific update later this year.

The news comes after COD's official Twitter account shared a veiled threat to cheaters while stressing the developer's commitment to upholding fair play. Interestingly, the message turned into an ultimatum towards the end, which we now understand refers to the arrival of RICOCHET.

RICOCHET Activision Will Use New Kernel Level Protection To Take Out Hackers COD

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In its official post, Activision revealed that RICOCHET is a comprehensive anti-cheat measure that will track suspicious behavior, expel identified cheaters, and improve player account security, among other things.

Importantly, it's not just server-side technology that comes into play this time around. In fact, RICOCHET will rely on new kernel-level drivers as well. The new layer of security will initially be available in COD Warzone, and later, it will arrive in Vanguard on an undisclosed date.

Also, it should be noted that once the update is rolled out, all COD players will have to run this anti-cheat system to access multiplayer. Also, this security enhancement is PC-exclusive as most hacking incidents happen on that platform. Obviously, console players who match PC players via crossplay will also see a drop in hackers.

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Kernel-level drivers are an integral part of Activision's anti-cheat software. It monitors every external application that interacts with your COD game while it is running. After detecting an unauthorized tool, it reports the same and manages to ban the fraudsters.

To achieve this, anti-cheat drivers require high-level permissions on your computer which games usually don't have. This allows them to use your system resources freely and detect advanced hacking tools. Similar kernel-level access is used in other popular games, such as Valorant.

Activision's answer to the growing number of hackers in the COD Warzone is absolutely convincing. In addition, RICOCHET bears the responsibility of supporting the great promise that accompanies its announcement. However, given that hackers almost always find a way, it will be difficult for developers to keep up with these criminals.

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