In a blog post published last week innocently named Ricochet Anti-cheat progress report, that Call of Duty teams slipped in some drastic news about how their anti-cheating system is going to work going forward.
As seen by RPS, the update had two important information points. The first was that a new version of Ricochet at the core level is coming Call of Duty: Warzone when its Pacific update launches in December, and then comes to Vanguard later:
#TeamRICOCHET is preparing for the arrival of the next phase in RICOCHET Anti-cheating system, the new driver at the PC core level. War zone will be the first title the receiving driver starts along with the Pacific update In December. The driver at the core level, which is an element of the multifaceted RICOCHET Anti-cheating system will be added Call of Duty: Vanguard at a later date.
Core-level drivers are controversial because, although they are extremely effective at catching cheaters, they also gain very high-level access to your PC, create a trust-based security problem in itself.
The second key point was that Call of Duty changes its “security enforcement policy” (my emphasis):
We have made changes to our security enforcement policies for Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Extreme or repeated violations of security policies – such as cheating in the game – can result in a permanent suspension of all accounts. In addition, any attempt to conceal, disguise or obscure your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.
Permanent suspensions for security breaches may now apply to the entire franchise area, including Call of Duty: Vanguard as well as any past, present and future titles in Call of Duty franchise.
So get caught in cheating Vanguard and you may be excluded from Modern warfare and Infinite warfare and War zone and the 2005s Call of Duty 2 (which still has active servers!) as well. Oh, and anyone Call of Duty games coming out in the future. I know cheating stinks, and cheaters stink, and we live in a digital hell where we only rent these games and we never really own them, but … even with the permissions banning a player from over 20 games just because they cheated in one seems particularly dystopian.