The Ricochet Anti-Cheat system set to arrive with Call of Duty: Vanguard is more exciting to many players than all the new content it's launching alongside. Warzone players in particular have pleaded with Activision to institute a strong anti-cheat system, and with Ricochet it plans to do just that.
Like Valorant's Vanguard anti-cheat, Ricochet is a kernel-level drive system that should provide more protection than Call of Duty players have ever enjoyed in the past. Kernel-level drivers have extraordinary access and power on a computer to view and affect files anywhere on the system. With all that access, Ricochet can monitor and report applications that try to interact with Warzone or Vanguard, allowing the anti-cheat team at Activision to determine if cheating is taking place. But Ricochet is more than just the kernel-level driver.
"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," Activision wrote in a blog post describing the system.
"There is no single solution or policy to cheating. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team's commitment is the relentless pursuit of 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."
Ricochet will be required to play Warzone and Vanguard. Vanguard will launch with the system in place, and the Warzone release is scheduled to coincide with the Pacific Update later this year.