Activision's new Call of Duty ban policy could get you kicked from multiple CoD titles, including future ones
In an effort to curb cheating in Call of Duty: Vanguard's multiplayer, Activision recently revised its security and enforcement policy to be more stringent. Call of Duty players caught cheating or engaging in "extreme violations" can now face permanent suspensions that range across multiple Call of Duty titles, not just the one in which the player committed the offense. What's particularly interesting is that the new rules apply to "past, present, and future" games. This means that players caught cheating in Vanguard or Warzone could potentially face bans in years worth of CoD titles yet to release.
The policy is being implemented alongside Activision's new Ricochet anti-cheat solution, a kernel-level driver that should make it significantly more difficult for cheaters and hackers to use aimbots, XP boosters and other tools. As a kernel-level driver, Ricochet has high-privilege access to PCs, raising potential questions about privacy and performance. Activision has, however, reassured CoD gamers that Ricochet is not an always-on solution, and will only run when Vanguard or Warzone are running.
With CoD hackers deploying increasingly sophisticated cheat solutions, the more stringent rules and Ricochet could potentially help tamp down on the cheat and griefing issues that blighted Vanguard's multiplayer beta prior to launch.
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