Ricochet: Activision introduces the anti-cheat system for Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard

Open war on cheaters with Activison introducing Ricochet Anti-Cheat, a new anti-cheating system that promises to wipe out all the rogue players who populate Call of Duty Warzone and the other multiplayer video games in the Call of Duty series.

War on Cheaters with Ricochet Anti-Cheat

Announced via a press release and the release of a trailer, Ricochet will use new server-side tools to analyze various game statistics in order to identify the use of cheats thanks to the use of sophisticated machine learning algorithms.

As reported via social by Activision itself, the anti-cheat system will be available together with Pacific, the new Warzone map set on Call of Duty Vanguard at the end of this year.

Below we can read the official press release.

Overview of the new anti-cheat system

Using cheats in Call of Duty is frustrating for gamers, developers, and the entire community. Our teams have made great strides in fighting this persistent problem that plagues us all, but we know it’s not enough. We are proud to present RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, a robust Anti-Cheat system supported by a team of dedicated professionals, intent on fighting all kinds of impropriety.

The Anti-Cheat initiative called RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is a multifaceted approach to fighting cheaters and brings new server-side tools that analyze statistics to identify cheat usage, improved processes to unmask cheaters, updates to improve account security and so on. The complex features of RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will be introduced alongside Call of Duty®: Vanguard on November 5th, and with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty®: Warzone later this year.

In addition to server enhancements, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will come with a new kernel-level driver for PC, developed in-house for the Call of Duty franchise and making its debut in Call of Duty: Warzone. This driver will help identify cheaters, reinforcing overall server security. The RICOCHET ANTI-CHEAT kernel-level driver will be added to Call of Duty: Warzone at the same time as the Pacific update for Warzone coming later this year.

Although the kernel-level driver, which is an exclusive part of RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, will be released for PC, by extension console players who play cross-play against PC players will also benefit from it. The kernel-level driver will be integrated into Call of Duty: Vanguard later.

What is Ricochet Anti-Cheat?

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is designed to combat malpractice and is important because:

  1. A complete Anti-Cheat system. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat brings a ton of security enhancements to Call of Duty, enhancing the servers of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone. It will also debut in Warzone later this year later this year. The driver will be integrated into Call of Duty: Vanguard later. This new initiative makes it possible to quickly combat a sophisticated and constantly evolving problem.
  2. Call of Duty: Warzone Adds a kernel level driver. Kernel-level drivers have greater access to monitoring and managing software and applications on a PC, such as video card drivers. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System Driver controls software and applications that attempt to interact with and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone, providing data with which the security team can further improve our systems. Once the kernel-level driver debuts, it will be required in order to play Warzone. For more detailed information on RICOCHET Anti-Cheat and its kernel level driver, please read the dedicated FAQ.
  3. Protect your privacy. During the initial release on Call of Duty: Warzone, the kernel-level driver will only be operational when playing on PC. The driver is not always active. The software only works when you start Call of Duty: Warzone and is disabled when you close the game. In addition, the kernel-level driver only monitors and reports problems related to Call of Duty.
  4. Feedback and transparency are crucial. You too are an integral part of our fight against cheaters. We therefore invite you to continue to report any problems encountered within the game so that the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team can develop all the tools necessary to fight against cheaters.

Driver operation at the kernel level

The kernel-level PC driver as part of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system monitors software and applications trying to interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.

The driver will get the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team to find out more about suspicious behavior, using the data obtained to enhance the Anti-Cheat system over time.

Protecting the privacy of gamers is important to us, and the idea of ​​a kernel-level driver can certainly worry some gamers. In response to these concerns, here is why your privacy will not be affected by RICOCHET Anti-Cheat:

  • The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat kernel level driver will be required to play Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
  • The driver is not always active.
  • The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat driver monitors software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • When you turn off Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver is disabled.

Tests have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of the new driver on a variety of PCs. Tests have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of the new driver on a variety of PCs. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team will continue testing even after the launch.

Player reporting will remain a core element of all Anti-Cheat measures, and it is therefore important that players continue to report suspicious behavior found online.

Another important factor in the fight against cheaters is the use of machine learning (ML). ML algorithms examine gameplay data from our servers, helping us identify patterns and types of misbehavior, adding another safety factor as part of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative.

A critical element of security is making sure your account is protected. Two-factor authentication is extremely important to the security of your account. We recommend enabling two-factor authentication for Call of Duty, log into your account and find out how to enable two-factor authentication.

What happens when Ricochet is launched?

When RICOCHET Anti-Cheat launches, we intend to announce its arrival with great fanfare, both within the game and through our communication channels: our blog, social media and other forms of communication, to keep everyone informed.

The goal of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is to achieve a fair and equitable gaming environment by fighting the sophisticated cheater problem. We intend to evolve the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system to defend our community from those who don’t mind ruining the game experience.

Further information is available at this address.

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