Activision has announced Ricochet, a new anti-cheat initiative for Call of Duty that is set to launch later this year. Activision says that Ricochet has been designed to fight unfair play in the game by incorporating high-security levels through a kernel-level driver. This combined with new security implementation on a server level will ensure players get a cheat-free experience when playing Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard.
Ricochet is, of course, a PC focused security implementation. Activision says that it plans to launch the anti-cheat initiative on Call of Duty: Warzone first and will roll it out to Vanguard at a later date. It also allows the publisher to evolve the security to tackle new cheat threats that may arrive after launch.
How Ricochet works is quite interesting. According to Activision, the kernel-level driver plays a big part in keeping this system running. The driver is given deep access to the user’s PC hardware to monitor and manage the software and applications running during your Call of Duty session. Activision says that Ricochet even has access to your graphics card driver. Ricochet then monitors everything happening on your PC and keeps check on software and hardware that attempts to interact and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone.
Players are required to install Ricochet in order to launch and play Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard. However, Activision says the software is also safe on a privacy level. The driver isn’t always running and when it does, it only keeps check on things trying to access Call of Duty through software and hardware.
The blog post reads
The kernel-level driver for PC as part of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system monitors software or applications that attempt to interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
The driver will help the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team to learn about suspicious behavior, using that data to strengthen overall anti-cheating security over time.
Ensuring player privacy is extremely important, and the prospect of a kernel-level driver may give some players pause. Given those concerns, here is how your privacy will remain unaffected with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat:
· RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
· RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver is not always-on.
· RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver monitors the software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
· When you shut down Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver turns off
Ricochet is set to launch later this year first on Warzone and then on Vanguard. Read more about it here.