Despite the numerous bugs and glitches impacting Season 1 of Warzone Pacific, the launch of RICOCHET anti-cheat has been welcomed by the community. While the kernel-level driver has yet to launch for Vanguard players, the lack of cheaters impacting the battle royale has been significantly reduced which is a huge step forward.
Alongside the new anti-cheat, Activision and Raven Software are still issuing regular ban waves to prevent any kind of unfair advantages from being obtained over the course of a match. The most recent wave of bans took place on December 22nd, with 48,000 accounts falling victim to the ban hammer across Warzone and Vanguard.
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Warzone & Vanguard December 22nd Ban Wave
Several sources reported the news before the Call of Duty account published a Tweet confirming the ban wave had taken place. It confirms that RICOCHET is firing on all cylinders when it comes to tackling the ongoing problem with cheaters in Call of Duty.
While many were quick to approve of the number of hackers that won't be able to play again, some revealed that they may have been wrongfully banned, implying that RICOCHET may not be working as intended. One user even went as far as saying that "anti-cheat is not working" in their lobbies and there are still "a lot of cheaters" ruining the experience.
Warzone Total Ban Count
As of writing (December 23rd, 2021) approximately 700,000 cheaters have been permanently banned from the battle royale through ban waves and the introduction of RICOCHET. It's highly likely that this number will increase in the coming months as banned players attempt to create new accounts loaded with hacks. Thankfully, RICOCHET is dishing out hardware bans, preventing this from happening in order to ensure Warzone and Vanguard remain a relatively cheat-free experience for everyone.