Call of Duty‘s comprehensive new anti-cheat system includes a potential olive branch for security-conscious players: it can’t access your PC’s private files, or so Activision claims.
Announced Wednesday via the Call of Duty blog, the developers’ new suite of cheat deterrent tools (called the Ricochet Anti-Cheat initiative) includes a kernel-level driver for PC that the publisher is claiming will only run when a Call of Duty game is active, as well as a host of server-side tools the CoD security team will use to monitor player behavior and respond accordingly. The Ricochet system will be required to play Call of Duty: Warzone and the upcoming WWII-based Call of Duty: Vanguard once the software is implemented in each game.
Assuming the publisher’s claims are true, the kernel driver—slated to be added to Warzone later this year—only performs active checks on software that tries to interact with or otherwise change its files when the game application is open and will turn off when players close out. Data from the driver will be used to analyze suspicious behavior and “assist in the identification of cheaters, reinforcing and strengthening the overall server security,” the blog states.
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