Call of Duty is one of the PC games affected by cheaters. The cheating occuring in Call of Duty has been getting worse over the past year. The cheaters commonly use the aimbots to lock onto the opponents and also use the wallhacks to expose everyone on a map. So, the cheaters really get a huge advantage by knowing where their enemies are at all times.
Since the cheating in Call of Duty will get worse if left, Activision finally cracks down on cheating especially in Call of Duty: Warzone by launching the anti-cheat system called Ricochet. In addition to use in Call of Duty: Warzone, Ricochet is also released for Call of Duty: Vanguard.
So, how does the Ricochet work? If you are wondering about how the Ricochet Anti-Cheat works in both Call of Duty, let’s dive into the information about it in our post!
How Does the Ricochet Anti-Cheat Work?
The release of Ricochet Anti-Cheat in Call of Duty aims to fight unfair play. In other words, this anti-cheat has the initiative to fight cheating by showing new server-side tools that monitor analytics to identify cheating.
The Ricochet anti-cheat will perform enhanced investigation processes to drive away the cheaters, updates to give protection on the players’ account and more. Ricochet Anti-Cheat’s backend security feature will be released with the Pacific update to Call of Duty: Warzone and launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Ricochet Anti-Cheat’s system will use a combination of a PC kernel-level driver and machine learning algorithms to examine the behaviour of the players. This anti-cheat also works with a team that will dedicate to investigating the cheaters professionally.
The PC kernel-level driver has been developed internally for the Call of Duty Franchise that aims to help in the case of identifying the cheaters. Aside from that, the driver also will strengthen the overall server security that will be launched alongside the Pacific update for Warzone later this year.
Since the driver runs at such a high level in Windows, there will be privacy concerns surrounding such an approach. How about console players? As we know, the kernel drive, a part of Ricochet Anti-Cheat, is only launched on PC, while the console players can get the benefit of this anti-cheat via cross-play against PC players.
Why Is the Ricochet Anti-Cheat Important?
In fact, cheating has been a significant problem for a long while now in Call of Duty: Warzone. At least, there are approximately 500,000 accounts that have been banned by Activision since the game’s launch, even though it does not wonder if the Call of Duty matches are riddled with aimbots and cheap hacks to this day.
Of course, the Call of Duty players have been screaming for a robust anti-cheat system in Call of Duty: Warzone and also other Call of Duty titles. It cannot be separated from the fact that the popular Warzone players have become highly vocal about this issue that forces Raven Software to communicate more frequently about the cheating issues.
Well, there are a bunch of reasons why Ricochet Anti-Cheat is so important to use in Call of Duty: Warzone, here are they:
- Feature A Full Anti-Cheat System
Ricochet Anti-Cheat appears to be bringing extensive security improvements to Call of Duty which also brings server upgrades to Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard. With the release of the PC kernel-level driver, it may be able to combat a sophisticated and evolving problem.
- Add PC Kernel-Level Driver
The PC kernel-level driver works to check applications and software that try to manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone. This driver also provides the overall security team more data to bolster security.
To monitor and manage software and applications on a PC such as a PC’s graphics card driver, the PC kernel-level drivers will be given a high level of access. After the driver is deployed, it will be prompted to play Call of Duty: Warzone.
- Give Your Privacy Protection
You should know that the kernel-level driver will not always be on. It means that the driver will only run when you play Call of Duty: Warzone on PC. The driver will turn on when you open up Call of Duty: Warzone, and shut down when you exit the game. Additionally, the driver will only monitor and report the activity that is related to Call of Duty.
- Feedback and Transparency Are Important
In addition to releasing the Ricochet Anti-Cheat software, the players also hold the important role to wipe out the cheating on Call of Duty: Warzone. What should the players do? The players are free to report issues in-game, allowing the team of the Ricochet Anti-Cheat to adapt all tools to eradicate the cheaters.
How Does the Kernel-Level Driver Work?
The PC kernel-level driver will only run when you load the Call of Duty: Warzone. It means that the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system used in Call of Duty will not always be on. If you exit from Call of Duty, the kernel-level driver will also shut down.
Moreover, the kernel-level driver will monitor any processes that interact with Warzone to check if the players are trying to input the code or also manipulate the game, and also report the result back.
According to Activision, they have tested the PC kernel-level driver across a large range of PCs. Then, it will be prompted to play Call of Duty: Warzone when the Pacific map update launches later this year. Then, the PC kernel-level driver will finally arrive in Call of Duty: Vanguard in the following days.
Certainly, the players of Call of Duty will welcome the effort of this new anti-cheat. As with the cheating that occurred in Call of Duty: Warzone, pure players certainly feel disadvantaged. Call of Duty finally warned the cheaters through a tweet on official Twitter that says ‘Cheaters aren’t welcome. There’s no tolerance for cheaters, and soon you’ll know what we mean.’
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