Anti-Cheat Progress Report Details Clever Countermeasures Against Rule-Breakers In Call Of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone

"We’ve seen both significant drops in cheaters invading our games as well as some unfortunate increases."

Anthony Jones
By Anthony Jones, News Editor June 17, 2022
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Call of Duty Vanguard and Warzone Cheaters

#TeamRICOCHET is in charge of composing the security for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone, and since the launch of its RICOCHET Anti-Cheat last year, results have been middling. Activision has seen a substantial drop in cheaters because of some of the clever countermeasures by the team, but they still face an increase of rule-breakers despite issuing over 180,000 bans across Warzone and Vanguard in late April.

But yesterday, Activision put together a progress report of the anti-cheat software to make fans aware of their fight against cheaters. At the forefront of this process is mitigation: finding ways to detect cheaters in the game to "fully analyze their tactics" and, at the same time, make a cheater's experience less impactful to a regular player. To make this work, Activision produced a few countermeasures to get in the way of cheaters.

"Damage Shield" has been a fan favorite in the Vanguard and Warzone communities. It enables protection for legitimate players when a cheater eliminates them quickly and effortlessly with in-game weapons. Once the cheater is detected, the player protection will reduce most of the damage and drain their ammo. It's a relatively well-known mitigation, unlike "Cloaking," which counteracts cheaters who can see all players on the map. Any rule-breaker that shoots another player with Cloaking on their character will not be able to see legitimate players, making them vanish and becoming impossible for cheaters to detect them.

The newest mitigation added to the software is "Disarm." Just like the name implies, detected cheaters will have their weapons taken away from them. #TeamRICOCHET hopes to continue analyzing cheaters to reduce their ability in-game. Also, they mentioned having other mitigation methods but decided to keep them secret for the time being.

Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.

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Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, News Editor
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.

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