Call of Duty: Warzone’s new anti-cheat software deploys next month

Call of Duty: Warzone will get a kernel-level anti-cheat system in an update scheduled for next month, a significant escalation in developers’ efforts to root out and remove cheaters from a free-to-play battle royale that claims more than 100 million users.

Activision released a Wednesday news release, which included statements and assurances regarding player privacy as well as what Ricochet Anti-Cheat will do to their computers. Ricochet will not be operational if the players aren’t in. Duty call: Warzone on their PC, Activision said, and the software is not an “always-on” monitor. “The kernel-level driver only monitors and reports activity related to Call of Duty,” the statement said.

A driver installed at a PC’s kernel level has high-level access to the software and applications installed on that machine, including its graphics card driver. Ricochet monitors applications that try to interface with, or manipulate Ricochet. Warzone: Call of Duty

“Ensuring player privacy is extremely important, and the prospect of a kernel-level driver may give some players pause,” Activision said. If players close down Warzone: Call of DutyAccording to the company, when this happens, the driver switches off. Ricochet will also include “new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.”

Ricochet’s roll-out is expected to coincide with the Nov. 5 launch of Vanguard: Call of Duty Sledgehammer Games has a different title in development, however it will have multiplayer integration. Warzone Ricochet will need to be played when it arrives Warzone

Cheating is a serious problem Warzone: Call of Duty Since its launch in March 2020, PCs have been running on PCs almost daily. One week after the wipeout of 100,000 accounts, the most recent round of account bans was carried out in September. Raven Software has so far banned over 600,000. Accounts that it believes are connected to providing or cheating.

“The Ricochet Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play,” Wednesday’s statement said, “which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the Ricochet Anti-Cheat System over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience.”

RIot Games created a kernel level anti-cheat system to protect its hero shooter Valorant The game was still in beta at the time, which occurred during spring 2020. Riot developers spent a lot of time assuring that players privacy was not compromised when anti-cheat tools were running. Valorant’s toolkit, called Vanguard, is also required to play that game.

Ricochet, according to the news release, “monitors software or applications that attempt to interact with Warzone: Call of Duty.” The driver reports back to Raven Software and helps the anti-cheat team gather intelligence about cheating and suspicious behavior. Machine learning algorithms will also examine gameplay data to “identify suspicious behavior trends, and add another layer of security,” Activision said.

That said, “Player-reporting will remain a critical element in all anti-cheat measures, so it’s important that players continue to report suspicious behavior they encounter online,” Activision added.

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