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Vanguard’s free weekend hacking issues could be a good thing for Call of Duty anti-cheat

Vanguard’s free weekend was riddled with hackers, but the RICOCHET anti-cheat team can benefit from the additional data gathered.

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Thanks to the RICOCHET anti-cheat, an influx of hackers throughout Vanguard’s free-to-play weekend may have a positive impact in the long run.

The number of hackers in Vanguard saw a drastic increase over the weekend as the free-to-play trial period was underway. Although dying to cheaters is never fun, the data collected from recent incidents can help stamp out future hackers altogether.

With Call of Duty’s brand new RICOCHET anti-cheat in the works, now is the perfect time to strengthen defenses against new technologies. By exposing their cheats early, the RICOCHET team can take proper measures to counter exploits.

When is RICOCHET anti-cheat out?

Warzone Caldera Pacific map

The RICOCHET anti-cheat project is a highly anticipated aspect of the Call of Duty franchise. As cheaters ran rampant for over a year in Warzone, Multiplayer, and even the Call of Duty esports scene, fans have demanded the implementation of an anti-cheat.

Most modern first-person shooters launch with a built-in anti-cheat. Therefore, the Call of Duty franchise succumbed to the pressure and promised to deliver an anti-cheat. The anticipation for RICOCHET is understandably high. This is especially true for Warzone enthusiasts who frequently run into cheaters.

Seeing more cheaters appear throughout the free Vanguard weekend will allow the RICOCHET team to prepare accordingly. Identifying new types of exploits will put the team in the best position to maximize the anti-cheat’s efficiency come launch.

Without new data to collect, the team could be caught off-guard when RICOCHET launches in tandem with Vanguard Season 1 and Warzone Pacific: Caldera. This also explains the reason behind the recently announced delay of Season 1 from December 3 to the 8.

The extra five days of analyzing data and producing proper countermeasures will go a long way in enhancing the launch experience. Despite the understandable disappointment, the delay means more time to adapt to new hacks.

With Warzone Pacific only a few weeks away, now’s a great time to catch up on all the latest details.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games