Activision has released a new anti-cheat update for Call of Duty that adds a new feature called “Cloaking”. This is a feature of Ricochet anti-cheat software that makes cheaters unable to see other players.
Activision released this update silently, and players discovered it in the wild in Call of Duty Warzone. Now Activision is taking a more official look at it and explaining how it works.
“With Cloaking, players who are detected as cheaters may find themselves unable to see opposing players in the game world. Characters, bullets and even sounds from legitimate players will be undetectable to cheaters,” Activision said. “Legitimate players, however, may see cheaters affected by camouflage (generally, these will be the players you see spinning in circles yelling, ‘Who’s shooting me?!’) and can dish out in-game punishments.”
This is just the latest mitigation technique to go after Call of Duty cheaters. Previously, Activision deployed a feature called Damage Shield that prevented a cheater from being able to inflict critical damage on a legitimate player. As such, the cheater is vulnerable while the legitimate player is basically invincible.
Activision revealed these details about Cloaking as part of its announcement that Ricochet anti-cheat software is now available for Call of Duty: Vanguard, following its Warzone debut last year.
Season 3 of Warzone and Vanguard arrives on April 27 and has been another big season for the latest Call of Duty titles. Godzilla and King Kong are coming to Warzone in May as part of an Operation Monarch event.
Looking further ahead, Activision will release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 this year, and it could be a pivotal moment for the series, which has been slowing down lately.
Activision Blizzard has been under pressure and scrutiny lately for its workplace culture, as well as the controversies surrounding its boss, Bobby Kotick, who is accused of knowing about and covering up cases of sexual harassment and abuse.
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