Kernel anti-cheat coming to Call of Duty

Kernel anti-cheat coming to Call of Duty

Activision has revealed its new plan for dealing with cheaters in Call of Duty's Warzone and Vanguard modes.

In a post on the franchise's website, the firm revealed its new Ricochet Anti-Cheat software, a package that includes new server-side technology that works to identify bad actors. This also comes with an "enhanced" process for investigations and greater account security. That's on top of a kernel-level driver that works to find and identify cheaters.

"The Ricochet Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play, which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating," the firm wrote. "We are dedicated and determined to evolve the Ricochet Anti-Cheat System over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience."

This is launching in Warzone to start with before coming to Vanguard when it is released later this year.

To date, more than 500,000 accounts have been banned from Call of Duty Warzone for cheating.

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