in a new blog postthe developers behind Call of Duty Ricochet anti-cheat system have outlined a new “cloaking” measure that makes legitimate players invisible to cheaters. In fact, it makes it impossible for cheaters to be competitive during a match, regardless of what illicit software they may be using.
“Characters, bullets, and even the sound of legitimate players will be undetectable to cheaters,” the blog post reads. “Legitimate players, however, can see cheaters affected by the cover-up…and can dish out in-game punishment.” The new cloaking feature is offered alongside an earlier anti-cheat measure. called damage shieldwhich means that a cheater’s bullets will not damage other players.
Although Team Ricochet is only detailing the cloaking feature now, it appears to have been available in some form on call of duty: war zone since at least mid-February, when a video of the anti-cheating measure was posted on Twitter.
RICOCHET seems to have another trick up his sleeve to combat cheaters in #war zone
The anticheat appears to be making “legitimate” players completely invisible to confirmed cheaters, as you can see in this video. pic.twitter.com/T5H53HL8Bs
— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) February 19, 2022
Call of Duty developers have banned tens of thousands of cheaters in recent months, but their blog post suggests that allowing cheaters to continue playing in this compromised state means you can”[collect] data that is essential to identify cheating behavior.” It also encourages players to continue manually reporting cheaters so it can improve its cheat detection features.
Ricochet’s kernel-level anti-cheat driver that runs locally on PCs has previously been available for war zonebut now it’s throwing in Vanguardaccording to the blog post. eurogamer grades that the anti-cheat system also has a server-side component that has been available for a long time for both Obligations games.
In the blog post, Team Ricochet confirms that they have banned an additional 54,000 accounts since their last major update (in which they banned 90,000 accounts). Banned players will be removed from the leaderboards, he says.