Rejoice, Warzone operators!

Activision has finally announced Ricochet, a new anti-cheat system coming to Call of Duty Warzone and its upcoming title, Vanguard.

Talks about a new and highly-awaited anti-cheat first surfaced during the official release announcement of Call of Duty Vanguard.

What is Call of Duty Warzone’s Ricochet?

Ricochet enters the CoD battle royale as a multi-faceted approach to fight against cheating and hackers.

Players can expect a plethora of big changes to the CoD experience, such as new server-side tools, enhanced investigation processes, and updates to strengthen account security.

“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,” stated Activision.

How does it work as an anti-cheat?

Logo of Ricochet anti-cheat of Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard
Credit: Activision

The Ricochet anti-cheat system brings in various levels of security and detection to tackle unfair play at all angles.

The initiative’s most substantial addition is its kernel-level driver, which monitors and manages software on your PC.

While it requires a high level of access, the driver acts as an anti-cheat feature by checking applications that attempt to interact or manipulate Call of Duty Warzone.

Over time, the Ricochet anti-cheat uses such compiled data to strengthen overall anti-cheating security.

It also includes a form of machine learning where algorithms analyze gameplay data from the server to properly identify suspicious behavior trends.

Aside from the kernel-level driver and machine learning, Ricochet still labels player-reporting as a critical element in further fulfilling the game’s anti-cheat measures.

How Activision ensures player privacy with Ricochet

Activision stated that player privacy is “extremely important” and mentioned to what extent the kernel-level driver is active on your PC.

  • The kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing the game on PC.
  • The driver is not always-on.
  • The driver monitors the software and applications that interact with the game.
  • When you shut down the game, the driver turns off.

Release date of Ricochet

Ricochet’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty Vanguard (November 5), and later this year with Call of Duty Warzone’s Pacific update.

Its PC kernel-level driver will launch first for Warzone.

For more information, you can check out the official blog post.

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