Activision has released another wave of forbidden for Call of Duty: Warzone and Forefront, excluding more than 48,000 cheaters thanks to the new RICCHET Anti-Cheat software. This follows a similar wave of bans earlier this year after Ricochet was officially launched last month. While the kernel-level software is only needed on PC, Activision has already reported that it has banned more than 500,000 cheater accounts since the beginning of the year.
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This is the first wave of bans since RICOCHET’s official launch and seems to indicate that the solution is working as intended. Furthermore, if Forefront does not require the kernel-level driver to run, the announcement states that these bans may also apply to other games using Battle.net. Activision has stated that it plans to deploy the anti-cheat software on Forefront soon.
The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat software is an internally developed kernel-level driver that checks if players use external programs to cheat during the game. While Activision is banning these en masse, it finds cheating on games like Call of Duty: Warzone, this new software has allowed the company to go a step further and find cheaters that traditional anti-cheat software on the server wouldn’t normally catch.
There were rumors that the source code for the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat was leaked in October, raising doubts about the software’s longevity. However, Activision later came out to say that the leak was in fact part of “controlled live testing” and that everything was fine. Hopefully this means you won’t be targeted for the foreseeable future.