Game news Call of Duty Warzone: This new anti-cheat measure that drives dishonest players crazy
As we know, the fight against cheating in Call of Duty Warzone is a major issue, beyond the constant balancing linked to the addition of content and player feedback. Since the addition of the Ricochet software, hundreds of thousands of accounts have been banned, but Raven continues to fight.
Anti-cheat by mitigation, the new technique from Raven Software and Team Ricochet
Several months ago, Activision launched the Damage Shield, which prevented identified cheaters from inflicting critical damage, without permanently banning them from Call of Duty: Warzone. The idea is, initially, to frustrate them without warning them if the offense was not too serious, then possibly to move on to firmer sanctions after evaluation of the targeted profiles.
In our previous anti-cheating progress report, we covered how the #TeamRICOCHET team uses in-game mitigation techniques to reduce the impact of cheaters, while collecting critical data to identify behaviors of cheated.
At the very end of April, Activision unveiled a brand new measure, called Cloaking. Concretely, it makes all legitimate players invisible to cheaters. With Cloaking, players identified as cheating can no longer see opponents, hear bullets flying, and hear other players move. Conversely, legitimate players are perfectly aware of cheaters, who therefore constitute an easy target. In a new blog post, the developers bluntly urge players to punish cheaters in the game.
A feature discreetly tested this winter?
However, this new soft anti-cheat feature seems to have been present in the game for a little while, which seems to indicate that a discreet full-scale testing phase has taken place. Indeed, The Verge has spotted several posts, dating back to February, which show that legitimate players have been made invisible to cheaters. This blog post discussing Cloaking also reveals that, since mid-March, an additional 54,000 accounts have been banned:
Since the social media update, #TeamRICOCHET has banned over 54,000 additional accounts. While we don’t announce all bans as they happen, be aware that they happen daily and in waves.
By MalloDelicJournalist jeuxvideo.com