Reports Indicate Call of Duty’s Anti-Cheat System ‘Ricochet’ Might Be a Huge Failure at Launch

Published 10/15/2021, 10:40 AM EDT


Activision simply cannot catch a break, despite its best efforts to bring the game back to prominence. The Call of Duty franchise has been battling a decade-old problem of cheaters taking over the game. Despite the studio’s best efforts, things have fallen out of hand and the studio wants to put an end to this issue.

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Last week, Activision unfurled curtains from its brand new anti-cheat system ‘RICOCHET’. Recent reports from within the community suggest something awful has transpired that favors the cheat developers.

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Call of Duty needs RICOCHET’s to work despite the leak

According to a report by Modernwarzone, Activision’s latest anti-cheat system is a grave problem. Apparently, an unfortunate leak of RICOCHET’s driver has become a cause of great concern. This will allow the cheater producers and cheaters to get a head start in sniffing through the files and decoding the anti-cheat.

While this piece of news seems demoralizing for the honorable players, but all is not lost just yet. The new anti-cheat system is not something that can stay stagnant at all times. This kernel-level anti-cheat learns and evolves with the passage of time, making it a better version of itself.

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These kernel-level cheats look into the player’s device and hunt for suspicious files and behavior. This data is then sent back to the developers, who can then take a more cautious decision to figure out whether or not the player is legitimate. Activision could have intentionally leaked the nascent version of the files to throw hackers and cheaters off.

This will allow the studio to better prepare for the things to come and gain a strong footing. However, if the leaked data is of a more recent build, then Activision might be in serious trouble.

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The cheaters will definitely gain a significant headstart but the kernel-level anti-cheat system only grows stronger with exposure to hackers. The ball is firmly sitting in the studio’s court to figure out the problem and seal the source of the leak.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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