As part of its ongoing war against cheaters, the team behind Call of Duty’s server-side and kernel-level anti-cheat solution, known as Ricochet, has introduced a new mitigation technique that can take players away as the system emerges weapons (and fists). Identify them as cheaters.
News of this latest mitigation technology comes in a new blog update detailing the current state of Call of Duty anti-cheat solutions and follows the previously disclosed anti-cheat technologies Cloaking and Damage Shield.
Damage shields are Richochet’s first major mitigation technique, essentially turning on god mode for all legitimate players when a cheater is detected in a match. At the same time, camouflage makes detected cheaters unable to see opponents, bullets, or even hear voices.
Both of these anti-cheat systems will continue to function in Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone as before, but will now be joined by the newly announced disarm. This is to prevent cheaters from having any degree of lethality, and simply by taking their weapons (including their fists) to prevent them from doing damage to legitimate players. As the Ricochet team explained in its blog post, “The purpose of mitigation is to allow cheaters to analyze their data in-game while reducing their ability to affect the experience of legitimate players.”
While the team admits that its mitigation technology is the most visible of its anti-cheat solutions, it notes that bans remain the biggest deterrent to cheating, saying it has now banned more than 180,000 players from Warzone and Vanguard. It also confirmed that the Ricochet anti-cheat system, including its PC kernel-level drivers, will be available in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0.
Today’s Call of Duty update comes after an eventful week for publisher Activision Blizzard. After a long wait (including an October 4 release date), the company not only shared a ton of information about Overwatch 2, but also announced – after nearly a year of shocking allegations, it has cultivated a A company culture in which sexual harassment, assault and misconduct can thrive – it investigated itself and determined that the company had “no widespread or systemic harassment.”
It also maintains that “there is no evidence that senior executives at Activision Blizzard have knowingly ignored or attempted to downplay incidents of gender harassment that occurred and were reported,” despite a November Wall Street Journal report that Bobby Kotick was aware of Many parts of the company have made allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of female employees “for years” but failed to act or tell the board and executives everything he knew.