13 Oct 2021 5:10 PM +00:00

Activision Reveals RICOCHET Anti-cheat for Warzone and Vanguard

Cheaters have been running rampant in Warzone for well over a year and the community is growing tired of having to deal with those that are using some kind of software to gain an unfair advantage over the opposition within the battle royale. With Season 6 underway and the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard right around the corner, players are looking forward to the new release as it will be bringing in dedicated anti-cheat to defeat the cheaters once and for all.

Ahead of the arrival of anti-cheat to Warzone and Vanguard, Activision has unveiled details on RICOCHET, the brand-new system that will aim to stop cheaters from ruining the fun for everyone.

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Warzone RICOCHET Anti-Cheat

Warzone RICOCHET Anti-cheat
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Activision describes the RICOCHET anti-cheat as a "multi-faceted approach" to deal with cheaters within Warzone and other Call of Duty titles. The system features a range of tools that monitors a range of analytics to determine whether a player is cheating along with "enhanced investigation processes" to rid anyone using third-party software to cheat during a match.

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RICOCHET operates at a kernel-level, meaning it functions at the very centre of a computer in a similar way to how Riot Games' Vanguard anti-cheat works for VALORANT. With it operating at the heart of any Warzone player's PC, it makes it very easy to detect whether anyone is using cheats. The kernel-level driver will be required to play Warzone, meaning there are no workarounds.

How Does RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Work?

In a blog post published on October 13th, Activision outlined some of the key features of RICOCHET, including how it will work when installed onto a PC:

  • RICOCHET's kernel-level driver only functions when playing Warzone on PC.
  • The driver isn't always active.
  • It monitors all software and applications that run alongside and interact with Warzone.
  • When Warzone is shut down, RICOCHET also switches off.
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When Is RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Releasing?

RICOCHET's back-end features will be launching alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5th, and will appear in Warzone alongside the Pacific map. The kernel-level driver will arrive as part of the Pacific map update which is rumoured to take place on November 23rd.