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Call of Duty stepped up its anti-cheat efforts on a massive scale when, in December, its kernel-level anti-cheat, Ricochet, updated its permanent ban policy to include all past and future Call of Duty games. That’s right, if you receive a permanent ban now, you may be banned from future games in the series.
In a new one Call of Duty blog post, Ricochet’s anti-cheat team announced that it is preparing to deploy the kernel-level driver along with the Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific update in December. As part of a policy update, the team announced that permanent bans will be more severe.
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“Permanent security breach bans can now apply across the franchise, including Call of Duty: Vanguard and all previous, present, and future titles in the Call of Duty franchise,” the blog post said.
The Ricochet team could issue a permanent ban for “extreme or repeated violations of the security policy” and “any attempt to hide, disguise or obscure your identity or the identity of your hardware devices”.
Fraud in the popular battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone was a serious problem, and Activision is taking a page from Riot’s book by introducing a kernel-level defense. Despite some potential security concerns, kernel-level anti-cheat like Riot’s Vanguard has proven effective and popular.
Activision is trying to prevent serious criminals from cheating with its new policy, especially as it could prevent a scammer from playing past or current Call of Duty games.
For more information, check out the Call of Duty: Vanguard IGN review or learn more about the upcoming Pacific update for Warzone, which will include a brand new map.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor. You can reach him @lawoffd.