The new anti-cheat system will be integrated into the game, with players having to take a small risk for better rewards.
Ricochet, a new anti-cheat kernel-level driver from Activision, will be available in Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone. It will be the first to launch for the latter.
Server-side technologies that monitor analytics to detect cheating, upgrades to increase account security, improved investigative procedures to wipe out cheaters, and more will be part of the new anti-cheat system unveiled on Wednesday.
The kernel-level driver is currently only available for PC. The driver, on the other hand, is part of Ricochet’s anti-cheat system, which will assist console gamers who play with or against PC players through cross-play.
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The driver will only run when you play the games for which it was created, and it will track your computer and processes that interact with Warzon to see whether the being is being controlled.
A kernel-level driver is a computer software that runs with administrative (or high) rights on your computer, enabling it to access all system resources while in use. These drivers are often used to provide you access to your whole system’s hardware.
Because most games and applications are user-centric, they don’t have as much access to system resources. This implies that even very sophisticated cheating programs or hardware hacks may easily get through conventional anti-cheats since they lack the access needed to detect such programs in action when they alter game code or circumvent security measures.
On the following four points, Activision has placed a particular focus on the driver’s privacy features:
- Only when playing Call of Duty: Warzon on PC does the kernel-level driver work.
- The driver isn’t always available.
- The Call of Duty: Warzone driver keeps track of the software and programs that interact with the game.
- When the game is shut off, the driver switches off as well.
There isn’t much of a choice since the driver is needed for gamers to play Warzone and, subsequently, Vanguard at launch. Activision claims that the driver has undergone sufficient testing to guarantee system stability across a wide variety of PCs. It’s unclear what this implies, and we’ll have to wait until the launch to see whether their promises come true.
Players should continue to use current in-game methods to report any questionable players, according to the firm. “When it comes to cheating, there is no one-size-fits-all approach or policy. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is dedicated to the pursuit of fair play in the fight against the complex problem of cheating. We’re committed to improving the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System and battling for the community against those who want to ruin their gaming experience.”
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