Just days after the announcement of Duty RICOCHET Anti-Cheat revealed that the source code for the kernel-level drivers had been leaked online. This caused a wave of concern that the new Duty anti-cheat, which would make for a nicer and fairer environment in war zone, would be dead on arrival. It doesn’t look like it though Duty, Activision or the team behind RICOCHET are too concerned about the leaks. Shortly after reports of the leaks went live, Duty Twitter has released an update from the RICOCHET team stating that it is going to third parties for controlled live testing before launch and that everything is “all good”.
RICCHET Anti-Cheat response has been wild this week. So yes, all is well
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) October 15, 2021
‘s full response Duty outlines three main points regarding RICCHET Anti-Cheat and its leaks:
- RICCHET Anti-Cheat is checked live tested. Before we put it on your PC, we test it out
- Testing includes providing a pre-release version of the driver to select 3rd parties
- Prepare server-side upgrades for launch
Most importantly, RICOCHET is still undergoing rigorous testing, and that includes sending pre-release versions of the driver – which has reportedly been “leaked” – to select third parties to help with those tests. The certificate for the leaked source code states that it is two weeks old. Sending the early pre-release code also helps RICCHET identify vulnerabilities and holes to continue developing and updating the Anti-Cheat as promised, even before it reaches the general public. Even if it gets cracked by bad actors, the launch version may have already fixed those vulnerabilities. In addition, the kernel-level driver is not the full anti-cheat, including server-side anti-cheat measures being worked on prior to launch.
Finally, Duty wanted to allay concerns and tell players that everything is “all good”. The official Twitter account posted a follow-up tweet that read: “The response from the Ricochet Anti-Cheat has been wild this week. So yeah, all good”, followed by an explosion emoji.
Inevitably, hackers and cheaters will try to get around anti-cheat measures, especially with a game as massive as war zone. It’s also in their own ill-gotten gains not to seem concerned about anti-cheat, which would drive potential “customers” (read: cheaters) away. In this case, the news of the leak appeared to be designed not to cause panic among those paying for it Duty cheats, but the teams behind RICOCHET don’t seem too concerned that it’s something to worry about.
Duty RICCHET Anti-Cheat launches with Forefront on November 5, with the kernel-level driver to get you started warzones Pacific update later in the year. The driver then comes to Forefront at a later date.