Activision has made a big deal about their new RICOCHET cheat engine over the past month, claiming that it will finally be the kernel-level anti-cheat solution that the Call of Duty community has been waiting for both Vanguard and Warzone. The system launched with Vanguard this week, and is expected to come to Warzone with the pacific update in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, it appears that the system has already been cracked by at least some hackers. Numerous players reported running into blatant cheaters on Vanguard on the very first day of the release. The author of this article documented at least one instance of obvious wallhacks within only a few hours of the release of the new title, which does not bode well for the future efficacy of COD anti-cheat.
While the revelation that their anti-cheat isn't going to be a magical bullet ending all cheating isn't exactly unexpected, it is disappointing to see that RICOCHET wasn't able to even hold back the tide of cheating players for a single day. That said, Activision has made it clear that they intend to continue to support this product, so hopefully we will see the anti-cheat only become better and more effective with time and development.
For now, keep reporting the hackers when you see them.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.