Call of Duty is getting kernel level anti-cheat

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Yesterday, Activision warned that bad news was coming for Call of Duty cheaters. “Cheaters not welcome,” it wrote. “There’s no tolerance for cheaters, and soon you’ll know what we mean.” Today he kept that promise with the announcement of ricochet, a new anti-cheat technology that employs a kernel-level driver to “assist in the identification of cheaters, bolster and strengthen overall server security”.

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“The Ricochet Anti-Cheat Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to combating fraud, including new server-side tools that monitor analytics to identify fraud, enhanced investigative processes to stamp out fraudsters, account Updates to strengthen security, and more,” Activision said. . In addition to the server enhancements that come with Ricochet Anti-Cheat, there is the launch of a new PC kernel-level driver, developed internally for the Call of Duty franchise, and the first for Call of Duty: Warzone. has been launched. It will aid in driver detection. Of fraudsters, strengthen and strengthen overall server security.”

Kernel Mode Anti-Cheats, as we’ve seen before in games including Valorant, Doom Eternal and Genshin Impact, are often controversial because they’re always on — essentially, meaning they’re always on the go. What are you doing? specified activity in a Dedicated FAQ That Ricochet will only work when Call of Duty: Warzone is running, however: Ricochet will require the kernel to play online, but when players close the game, the kernel driver will also be finished. On the other hand, the anti-riot fraud program Vanguard has to be on the run all the time to play Valorant.


Activision emphasized that point on Twitter:

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Ricochet will only be on PC, but “by extension, console players playing through cross-play against players on PC will also benefit,” Activision said. Considering the most popular fraud tools are the easy-to-obtain Aimbot and WallHack programs on a PC, stamping out these fraud methods would in theory effectively deter most fraudsters.

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“There is no one solution or policy to cheating. The commitment of the Ricochet Anti-Cheat team is the constant pursuit of fair play, fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to develop the Ricochet Anti-Cheat System For the community, fighting against those who aim to spoil their gaming experience.”

It will be a tough sell, especially after the highly visible backlash against Riot received about Vanguard around Valorant’s launch, but there appears to be some early-stage support for the new system on social media. Which may not be surprising: Warzone is full of fraudsters and traditional attempts to stop them haven’t made much ground. Too many players to do something really effective: as redditor t_hugs3 To put it, “Something about giving Activision kernel-level access to my computer just doesn’t sit right with me…

Call of Duty’s new backend anti-cheat features will go live with the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5. The kernel-level driver will roll out later this year with the update for Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific.

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