Activision has left a cryptic message for traitors in Call of Duty, strongly indicating that new ways to combat them are coming and warning, with great ambiguity, that—”Soon you’ll find out. That’s what we mean.”
“Dear cheaters, we love games. It’s our passion,” begins the almost ballad-like message. “We’re honored to make games for the greatest fans in the world. We don’t always get it right, but we’re committed to doing our best.”
“Cheating ruins the fun for everyone. No one likes a cheater. Our goal is to provide a fun and fair gaming experience. For our developers. For our fans. And most importantly… For duty players everywhere.”
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This is a slightly touching message. For one thing, I don’t think cheaters care whether or not anyone at Activision or its assorted studios is passionate about the game, and it’s strange that “fans” should be referred to as “Call of Duty players”. is kept separate. The message reads more like a morale booster for fans who have lost their faith in Activision’s anti-cheat capabilities in recent months.
But the pertinent point is in the conclusion: “Cheaters are not welcome. There is no tolerance for fraudsters, and soon you will know what we mean.”
The response to the tweet has been largely positive, although some fans are skeptical.
Can’t give you anti-cheat, but how about some crap new skins? pic.twitter.com/CaUQBr2tUf12 October 2021
That reaction is driven largely by the fact that Call of Duty: Warzone has been dotted with cheaters for as long as it has been around, despite repeated mass bans; One cheater was so prolific that he actually starred in an official Warzone anti-cheat ad while he was still cheating. The next Call of Duty game, Vanguard, won’t be out until November 5th, but cheaters are already ready to hang a job on it.
To avoid looking like I’m playing the favourite, I’ll also admit that Battlefield 2042, which is even further away—it’s on November 19th—is plagued by the same issues. Basically, it’s wall-to-wall cheaters as far as the eye can see, and well-meaning developers are unable to thwart them completely. We know Warzone’s new anti-cheat system isn’t coming until Vanguard integration later this year, so what’s up tomorrow? Will it be renewed anti-fraud efforts, the vague promise of another big sanctions wave, or is it really a surprise in store? We’ll let you know when we know.