Call of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone Ricochet Anti-cheat System Full Details

Call of Duty is one of the most played video game series around the world and on the PC side of things, there are a lot of cheaters. The community in the game has long been having these issues and have repeatedly asked Activision to do something to stop cheaters in order for everyone to be able to play the game fairly.

Now though, Activision has given players an answer and it is the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system. Many games on PC that feature online multiplayer game modes makes use of Anti-Cheat systems in order to prevent any form of manipulation in the game and encourage fair play.

The Ricochet Anti-Cheat system is a kernel-level driver which is similar to Apex Legends and PUBG’s Anti-Cheat system to name a few. The system makes use of machine learning in order to combat foul play from happening in the game which in theory, should be much more effective when compared to Activision’s past efforts in terms of security.

Ricochet Anti-Cheat Release Date

The Anti-Cheat system is set to be released on November 5, 2021, the same time as when Call of Duty: Vanguard releases. It will be followed up by releasing on Call of Duty: Warzone on December 2, 2021.

Activision had this to say in a blog post posted two weeks ago, “The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring 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 Anti-Cheat’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty®: Vanguard, and later this year with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone.”

Ricochet Anti-Cheat Details

Details regarding the system have yet to fully surface however we do know that they’ll include what is described as “server enhancements” which are used to provide backend security and protection against hackers. It will have the ability to “monitor analytics to identify cheating,” as well as “enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters,” on top of strengthening the account security of its players.

Now for the kernel-level driver. This part of the system is a requirement in order for players to be able to play Vanguard and Warzone. A kernel-level driver allows systems to access the most secure layer of one’s own system. It will be able to monitor and manage software and applications which it must do in order to check if any software or application is manipulating the game in any way.

In order to help ease players’ minds, the system will only run when Warzone or Vanguard are running and will immediately close when you close the game.

For the machine learning feature, Activision stated that it will make use of “algorithms” which will “examine gameplay data from the server, helping to identify suspicious behavior trends, and add another layer of security as part of the overall RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative.”

Activision stated that they will not stop when it comes to their pursuit of fair play for all individuals who enjoy their games.

Activision also states that there are tools in-game that players can make use of to report individuals who are suspected of cheating.

However, whether or not this system will be able to ensure fair play across the board remains to be seen as we have previously reported that the system had been leaked and is being reverse engineered. For now though, Activision maintains its stance and will be continually managing and improving the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system.

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