New Warzone Anti-Cheat System: Release Date, Ricochet, & More

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Call of Duty Vanguard is here and it's one of the most solid multiplayer launch experiences we've seen from Call of Duty in recent years - Sledgehammer Games has done one hell of a job. We're still waiting for Warzone integration, though, but we know when it's dropping and that means we know when the Ricochet Anti-Cheat system is dropping for Warzone. Here's the latest...

RELEASE DATE - When does Ricochet drop?

At the moment, we're under the impression that the Warzone Anti-Cheat system will be released alongside the Warzone Pacific update - something which is going to integrate Vanguard content into Warzone and add a new Pacific Theatre map, Caldera.

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This means we should see the Warzone Anti-Cheat system released on December 2nd - if you look at the updated content roadmap below, that's what it suggests.

Vanguard Warzone Anti-Cheat System Ricochet
A MASSIVE YEAR - Vanguard Season One

Warzone is going to have an "all-inclusive" playlist and a Vanguard-only playlist - so there's going to be more ways to play than ever going forwards. Expect a few other surprises to be announced between now and then.

RICOCHET - Is this Anti-Cheat enough?

Following a warning to cheaters - which you can read below - Activision announced Ricochet Anti-Cheat. This system is going to include PC kernel-level functionality and should improve Activision's Anti-Cheat systems a lot - however, it comes at a cost.

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Warzone is going to need deeper permissions on all systems which is raising some security and privacy concerns - however, this is going to be an ongoing process so it doesn't look like this kernel-level support is coming at launch.

Ricochet Anti-Cheat is going to be available in Vanguard on launch and then should come to Warzone at the same time as Vanguard integration - as expected.

From what we know, if you play on consoles... You shouldn't really notice too much of a difference - other than, hopefully, fewer cheaters in-game.

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An open letter to cheaters...

Call of Duty hasn't offered us an update on their Anti-Cheat System in a while, but it looks like we're going to be getting one fairly soon. Earlier this week, an open letter to Warzone cheaters was posted by Call of Duty on social media. It reads...

"Dear Cheaters
"We love games. It's our passion. We're honored to make games for the greatest fans in the world. We don't always get it right, but we're committed to doing our best.
"Cheating ruins the fun for everyone. No one likes a cheater. Our goal is to deliver a fun and fair gaming experience. For our developers. For Our fans. And most importantly... For Call of Duty players everywhere.
"Cheaters aren't welcome. There's no tolerance for cheaters, and soon you'll know what we mean.
"Call of Duty"