Call of Duty players need to be a lot more cautious than before as Activision has announced its new anti-cheat system will use a combination of PC kernel-level driver, machine learning, and a team of investigating professionals to clamp down on cheaters. Activision made an announcement through a Twitter post, urging players to stop using illegal programmes, cheat codes, and hacks in the PC versions of Call of Duty, which include Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard.
The PC kernel-level driver that will support the anti-cheat system has been built by Activision especially for the Call of Duty franchise. It will be available on Call of Duty: Warzone first with the Pacific update that is coming soon. Activision's solution to catching cheaters uses some very sophisticated technology that runs at extremely high levels in Windows, which is why there is an issue of privacy because of deep access.
Activision has a solution for that, too. Its new anti-cheat system called Ricochet will turn on only when you launch Call of Duty: Warzone on your PC. This will stop it from accessing elements of your operating system all the time. The PC kernel-level driver will shut down after you have quit Call of Duty: Warzone. The company also said that this driver will check the processes related to Call of Duty: Warzone to check if they are not injecting code or manipulating the game. The results will be reported to Activision.
The PC kernel-level driver will become mandatory to play Call of Duty: Warzone on PC, according to Activision, after the Pacific map update. The company is certain that it will work on most PCs, based on its trials across a large range of PCs with compatible hardware. Call of Duty: Vanguard is likely to get the kernel-level driver for the anti-cheat system at a later date.
Cheating in PC games is getting worse by the day, and game companies are investing huge amounts of money into developing software to weed them out. The most common nuisances are the aimbots and wallhacks, which give cheaters an edge over regular players. While aimbots lock onto opponents, automatically letting hackers take headshots, wallhacks expose everyone's hideouts so it is easy to find and shoot them.
Activision has not said whether a similar anti-cheat system will arrive on smartphones for Call of Duty: Mobile. It is not easy to put a driver that sophisticated on a phone's chipset, but a substitute may work if the company decides to equip its servers with an anti-cheat programme.
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