Since the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone, hackers have been running rampant around the battle royale. From god mode, flying cars, and unlocking cosmetics early, there is not much that hackers have not done. Then, cheaters began flooding into Vanguard with the launch of the beta back in September. But things may begin to change. Activision has launched its Ricochet anti-cheat system, and provided an update about the additional steps being taken against Vanguard and Warzone Pacific cheaters in the form of cloaking.
Cloaking is a new mitigation technique that Ricochet uses against players found cheating in Call of Duty. When detected, cheaters are unable to see enemy players in a match. Enemy operators, bullets, and even sound cues from legitimate players will disappear. However, legitimate players will be able to see cheaters who have been hit with the cloaking technique. You will find yourself with a free kill while the cheater is left in a state of confusion.
More than cloaking cheaters
Activision has also provided an update on how many more accounts have been banned. Since the last ban wave which resulted in 90,000 players removed, a further 54,000 have been banned. Fans are assured that, although not all bans are announced, they happen every day and in waves. Moreover, if a player has been banned for cheating, they will now be deleted from global leaderboards.
The battle against hackers still continues, but it is promising to see Activision take further steps against cheaters. Understandably, players have been left frustrated when encountering a cheater and at Activision’s seemingly slow response. After all, the Ricochet anti-cheat and its cloaking tech only just made its debut in Vanguard yesterday, almost six months after the game released. There is still a long way to go until Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is free of cheaters, but cloaking will ruin the experience for them.