14 Oct 2021 9:28 AM +00:00

Warzone Anti-Cheat Release Date: When does this important update drop?

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Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty title - Vanguard - is almost here and we're entering another new era of Call of Duty. Warzone integration is on the way and it's going to be the first title with a collaborative Zombies mode. One thing everyone's talking about, though, is Warzone and an Anti-Cheat system. We know one is on the way, but when?

RELEASE DATE - Ricochet is coming...

Activision has announced a PC kernel-level Anti-Cheat system called Ricochet - it's coming to Vanguard at launch and it's coming to Warzone at the same time as Vanguard integration.

At the moment, all we know is that it's going to need a high level of access on PCs in order to "monitor and manage software and applications" - This is raising some privacy and security concerns, however, it should only be on when Warzone is being run.

If you play on a console, the only difference you should notice is fewer cheaters in your lobbies.

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An open letter to Warzone Cheaters...

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Earlier this week, Call of Duty posted a tweet on social media that was more wordy than usual - It was a strangely confrontational open letter to cheaters. It seems far too late, but it's one way of announcing an announcement?

As you can see below, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but the tweet itself says "see you tomorrow". This leads us to believe that we're going to get an announcement and a release date for the new Warzone Anti-Cheat System on October 13th. This should be released between 09:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST and 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST.

"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"

When do we expect it to come out?

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At the moment, we're under the impression that the Warzone Anti-Cheat System isn't going to release until after the release date for Vanguard - November 5th.

Vanguard Season 1 is expected to begin around three weeks after this - after the current season of content ends - and this has been the expected release date for a new Anti-Cheat for some time.

However, this announcement could change things. We'd like to see Warzone's new Anti-Cheat system implemented as soon as possible - but could we really be looking at a surprise drop this week? Crazier things have happened - Warzone has just had the M1 Garand and STG-44 added to its arsenal of weapons.

Keep an eye on Call of Duty and Raven Software on social media, in any case. The announcement later today is going to be interesting...