Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Despite Activision’s introduction of the new anti-cheating software Ricochet, it seems Call of Duty: Vanguard may still be plagued by cheaters.

Yesterday, Activision announced that they would use a new anti-cheating program, called Ricochet, to help curb the number of cheaters Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone. That was welcome news for a community that has become increasingly frustrated with widespread cheating in online gaming.

Unfortunately, if a tweet from the online community Anti-Cheat Police Department is to be believed, the positivity can be short-lived.

The Anti-Cheat Police Department showed evidence that the kernel driver for Ricochet had fallen into the hands of developers already working to reverse the anti-cheat program. If their attempts prove to be successful then Call of Duty: Vanguard players may find themselves on the same unfair battlefield to which they have become accustomed.

The Anti-Cheat Police Department seems to believe that this result is an eventuality, and regretted it “It’s easier to be on the offensive side than the defensive side in this field“.

Despite this, they argued that anti-cheating programs can be successful and pointed out Appreciate as a strong example of effective implementation. FACEIT and ESEA were also praised for how well they work.

This setback is just the latest in a series of difficulties Activision has faced over the past few years – mainly with an online player base that has proven resilient to the publisher’s many attempts to clean it up.

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Image: Call of Duty: Vanguard / Sledgehammer Games

As usual, it seems to be a few bad apples that ruin it for the majority; but because of Call of Duty popularity of the series, the number of bad apples is significant.

Earlier this year, Activision announced that they had banned over 475,000 Call of Duty: Warzone players. Although it seems that the number will have to increase further before Call of Duty: Vanguard can really be considered a level playing field.

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