Cheaters may usually create a new account, therefore banning them doesn’t always work. As a result, games like Call of Duty are increasingly looking for methods to make exploiting their games less entertaining — and the latest concept gives honest gamers a cheat of their own. Call of Duty’s new “Damage Shield” The new Ricochet anti-cheat software in Warzone makes a cheater’s bullets bounce off you, allowing you to close in on them while they flail around hysterically and then destroy them yourself.
In a blog post announcing the feature, Activision says it only activates “when the server detects a cheater is tampering with the game in real-time,” and that there’s “no possibility for the game to apply a Damage Shield randomly or by accident,” in case you’re wondering about that.
“We will never interfere in gunfights between law-abiding community members,” Activision adds. So if you see your bullets fail when you’re not cheating, well, you’ll probably have questions.
The company’s also putting cheaters on notice that it’ll begin banning them across the entire Call of Duty gaming franchise, not just on a game-by-game basis, and that bans will extend to future Call of Duty games as well. It writes:
Going forward, extreme, or repeated violations of the security policy – such as in-game cheating – may result in a permanent suspension of all accounts. Additionally, any attempt to hide, disguise, or obfuscate your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.
Cheating has been a cancer on gaming in recent years, affecting every popular game to the point where professional gamers have abandoned some titles and console users are rejecting cross-play with PC due to the presence of cheaters there. Epic will not upgrade Fortnite to run on the Steam Deck due to the risk of cheaters.
Activision, for example, has responded with a slew of new anti-cheating programmes, including their own kernel-level drivers for PC, but they’re also battling cheats with legal action, suing or threatening to litigate their creators into bankruptcy.