Treyarch admits Call of Duty's anti-cheat progress "may not be enough for players"

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Call of Duty developer Treyarch has acknowledged criticisms around the Ricochet anti-cheat software, admitting it "may not be enough for players."

Activision made a lot of noise when it announced its Call of Duty and Warzone Ricochet anti-cheat security system back in 2021, touting its kernel-level driver as a "a broad enhancement to the security" of the online games and an advanced tool to help the developers stay a step ahead of the cheaters. The security system has since bred some amusingly novel techniques to curb cheating like taking away the offenders' guns mid-game and removing their ability to see or hear other players, and the latest update finally targets third-party devices like the infamous Cronus.

Despite these advancements, cheating has and will continue to persist as cheat-makers find ways to work around Ricochet, and some players say updates are "too late" and "not enough." In a rather candid reply from Treyarch, which notably isn't the main developer on the current Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2, the Call of Duty studio addressed a recent anti-cheat report and acknowledged that it's an ongoing struggle keeping the cheaters at bay:

"I appreciate that what I have to share here may not be enough for players, and you have every right to share your criticisms; anti-cheat is a constant effort. It is the proverbial game of cat vs. mouse, and we are constantly working toward stopping and thwarting their efforts. I think you are right, this is a step in the right direction. I'm excited for Ricochet and the teams I work with to keep iterating so we can do our best to provide the best matches possible for players."

This is the unfortunate reality of a situation where a company is playing defense against an active and persistent threat. The cheaters cheat, the anti-cheat detects their latest methods and counters them, and the cheaters either work around the defense line or develop a new strategy, and the cycle continues. The best outcome here is that Ricochet continues adapting fast enough to minimize the effectiveness of cheaters to a point where their efforts stop being worth the payout - which is, I'll remind you, undeserved wins in an online video game. 

In more exciting news, Warzone 2 season 3 launches next week.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.