Activision and Call of Duty developers have just announced their new kernel-level anti-cheat system, Ricochet, earlier this week. What looked to be a moment of triumph is now possibly facing the darkest timeline as the new anti-cheat system has been leaked according to a Tweet from Anti-Cheat Police Department, a group that does volunteer work on detecting and disrupting cheats and cheat vendors.
Anti-Cheat Police managed to find where the lead was made in an unnamed forum and have posted screenshots that includes proof that the system has the digital signature of Activision.
People who make pay-to-cheat applications/software are most likely already hard at work at reverse engineering Ricochet. Anti-Cheat Police have already talked to a reverse engineer and shared his thoughts on Ricochet, “we concluded it is nothing that special really, they collect a lot of user information which they did before it went kernel, their protection to the driver is not that great and will be reversed easily”.
The new anti-cheat system was supposed to be the answer that Call of Duty developers and fans needed in order to combat the rampant cheating activities that have been plaguing Call of Duty for years and it looks like that won’t necessarily be the case anymore especially if the cheats manage to fully crack kernel-level system.
Activision is already facing a lot of fire with lawsuits currently and if the cheaters manage to somehow go further on their attempts on cracking Ricochet and exploiting the kernel-level access then it might actually become a nightmare for Activision and they will be looking to face even more complaints from their fans or worse they could be facing more lawsuits in the worst-case scenario.
Call of Duty: Vanguard will launch on November 5 with the Ricochet anti-cheat system and Call of Duty: Warzone is supposed to get it with the Pacific update later this year but plans might change before the system rolls out in either game due to this apparent leak.