RICOCHET Anti-Cheat: A New Initiative for Call of Duty

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RICOCHET Anti-Cheat: A New Initiative for Call of Duty

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat: A New Initiative for Call of Duty

Call of Duty is proud to introduce RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, a multi-faceted approach we’ll be rolling out to combat cheating in Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone.

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Highlights:

  • Will feature new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.
  • Backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard, and later this year with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • Introduces a new PC kernel-level driver, which monitors and reports applications that attempt to interact with Call of Duty: Warzone, allowing us to determine if a machine is utilizing unauthorized processes to manipulate the game.

Please see more around RICOCHET here: https://www.callofduty.com/blog/2021/10/ricochet-anti-cheat-initiative-for-call-of-duty

What is RICOCHET Anti-Cheat? 

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty®: Vanguard, and later this year with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty®: Warzone™.  In addition to server enhancements coming with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is the launch of a new PC kernel-level driver, launching first for Call of Duty: Warzone.

How does the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat kernel-level driver work? 

The PC kernel-level driver monitors and reports applications that attempt to interact with Call of Duty: Warzone, allowing the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team to determine if a machine is utilizing unauthorized processes to manipulate the game. 

What is a kernel-level driver? 

A kernel-level driver is computer code that operates with high privileges on your computer, able to access all resources on your system while it is running. Kernel-level drivers are generally used to allow access to your overall computer hardware, such as drivers for your graphics card. Typical software, such as games, operate on the user-level and have limited access to the kernel-level and other user-mode processes. 

Why does RICOCHET Anti-Cheat use a kernel-level driver instead of software from the user level of access? 

Cheating software has become more sophisticated, allowing cheaters to circumvent traditional approaches to security. A kernel-level driver allows for the monitoring of applications that may attempt to manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone game code, while it is running. 

User-mode applications have limitations on access and monitoring, making it more likely for unauthorized software to manipulate game code or to circumvent security features.  

Will the kernel-level driver be available in Call of Duty: Vanguard? 

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will enhance anti-cheat security for both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone when it launches later this year alongside the Pacific update for Warzone. The PC kernel-level driver will arrive first for Warzone and subsequently release for Call of Duty: Vanguard at a later date.

Is the kernel-level driver in RICOCHET Anti-Cheat always-on, even when I’m not playing Call of Duty: Warzone? 

No. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver will only operate when you play Call of Duty: Warzone on PC. The driver shuts down when you exit the game and turns on when you start a new game.  

What data does the driver examine on my PC? 

The driver monitors the machine and processes interacting with Call of Duty: Warzone to determine if they are manipulating the game. This data helps identify cheaters as well as helps the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team to strengthen the overall anti-cheating security. 

What testing has been done to test the kernel-level driver? 

Testing for the new driver has been done to ensure system stability across a large range of PCs. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is committed to continued testing and is committed to iteration after launch. 

Can I opt out of using the driver to play Call of Duty: Warzone? 

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver will be required to play Call of Duty: Warzone on PC when it launches later this year.

Will this solve cheating issues? 

There is no single solution or policy to cheating. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit fair play, which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience. 

Players are also an important element to anti-cheat measures, as it’s critical you report suspicious behavior using in-game reporting tools. Find out how to report a player in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Should players report others in-game for cheating?  

Yes. Players should always report issues they encounter. In-game reporting is critical to identifying issues and gives our team the foundation to develop iterations as part of the evolving RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system. Find out how to report a player in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Are there additional system requirements for the kernel-level driver? 

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver will be added to Call of Duty: Warzone via an update alongside the release of the Pacific update for Warzone later this year. There are no additional requirements. 

How do I uninstall RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s PC kernel-level driver?

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s PC kernel-level driver is a part of the installation process for Call of Duty: Warzone, and only operates when you are running the game. If Call of Duty: Warzone is uninstalled, the kernel-level driver will be removed from your machine. Subsequent installations of Call of Duty: Warzone on PC will include the kernel-level driver.

Will RICOCHET Anti-Cheat be available on consoles? 

While the kernel driver, which is only a part of RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, will release to PC, by extension, console players playing via cross-play against players on PC will also stand to benefit. 

How else can I protect my account? 

Two-factor authentication is extremely important for your account security. We strongly recommend two-factor authentication for Call of Duty, log into your account and learn how to enable two-factor authentication

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