Call Of Duty: Vanguard anti-cheat software already leaked to hackers

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard screenshot

Well that didn’t take long (pic: Activision)

It hasn’t even been 24 hours and apparently Activision’s new anti-cheat software has leaked ahead of Call Of Duty: Vanguard’s release.

Only yesterday, Activision unveiled its plans to deal with cheaters in its Call Of Duty games. To coincide with the release of Call Of Duty: Vanguard next month, it will introduce new Ricochet anti-cheat software.

This was obviously welcome news since the Call Of Duty games have suffered from a persistent cheater problem ever since Call Of Duty: Warzone’s release last year; a problem that seems to have only got worse over time.

Unfortunately, it sounds like the anti-cheat software, or more specifically the kernel driver, has already been leaked online and is being reverse engineered. What this means is that people are already figuring out how it works and how they can bypass it.

This is according to the Anti-Cheat Police Department, a volunteer group that gathers intelligence on cheats in order to combat against cheat vendors and disrupt their work.

Activision itself has yet to comment on this leak but, assuming it’s valid, it may be that Vanguard’s anti-cheat measures are nullified before the game is even out.

Activision has attempted to combat cheaters in the past, routinely banning swathes of player accounts. Lately, it has warned that if you’re banned from Call Of Duty: Warzone, you’ll be banned from playing Call Of Duty: Vanguard as well. Yet the cheaters always somehow manage to find a way back.

The problem is so bad that several Call Of Duty content creators are considering dropping coverage of the series. Although it’s not the sole reason, with others citing that they’ve simply grown bored with the games.

While cheating is a universal problem with any online game, Call Of Duty seems to suffer from it the worst. The Anti-Cheat Police Department even highlights how Riot Games’ Valorant has far more effective anti-cheat software (which, funnily enough, is named Vanguard).

Activision is currently facing a lawsuit filed by the state of California over fostering a ‘frat boy culture’ and toxic working conditions. It alleges multiple instances of sexual harassment and discrimination within the company.

Call Of Duty: Vanguard releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on November 5.

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