Activision unveils ‘RICOCHET’ Anti-Cheat for Warzone and Vanguard
Call of Duty: Warzone had a successful launch but the game was overrun by cheaters, and drove a lot of content creators to Apex Legends. Once Call of Duty: Vanguard launches, the new flagship COD title as well as Warzone will be using a brand-new anti-cheat dubbed “RICOCHET.” The new anti-cheat has been developed specifically for Call of Duty unlike most other popular anti-cheat solutions that are developed by third-party developers who cater to multiple games. Activision revealed that the new anti-cheat will be available by the end of this year.
What to expect from the new “RICOCHET” anti-cheat in Warzone
The RICOCHET anti-cheat will be added to Call of Duty: Warzone once the Pacific update lands later this year alongside the launch of Vanguard. Activision revealed in its official blog that the new anti-cheat will have server side tools which “monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to release on 5th Nov 2021 and the Pacific update for Warzone is expected to drop around the same time. The new anti-cheat will be released with the Pacific update for Warzone and Vanguard will have RICOCHET implemented right from the get go at launch.
RICOCHET will have a kernel-level driver
Kernel-level drivers are given a high level of access to monitor and manage software and applications on a PC, such as your PC’s graphics card driver. The driver element of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system will check the software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone, providing the overall security team more data to bolster security. Once the kernel-level driver is deployed; it will be required to play Warzone.
The anti-cheat program will make use of kernel-level security similar to Riot Vanguard for Valorant. However, it will not always stay on. The RICOCHET software turns on when you start Call of Duty: Warzone and shuts down when you close the game. Plus, the kernel-level driver only monitors and reports activity related to Call of Duty.
Activision has also put up an FAQ page to address potential security concerns and reveals more details about the anti-cheat, which players can check out here.