Warzone Fans Criticize Ricochet Following New Wave of Cheaters

Season 4 of Call of Duty: Warzone is seemingly seeing an increase in hackers and cheating, leaving players frustrated with Ricochet’s effectiveness.

While Call of Duty: Warzone continues to be hugely popular, it is a game that is not free of its own problems. As a live service title, Raven Software continues to update the game almost weekly, fixing various issues and adding new content to keep fans engaged and coming back. The community is also quite vocal when something isn’t right, be it a new cosmetic skin for Pink causing issues, a bug or a glitch ruining matches.

However, Warzone has a long history of cheating and hackers, a problem that was seemingly solved when Activision announced and implemented a new anti-cheat system called Ricochet. After they were added to the game in late 2021, things seemed to improve for Warzone with cheat sellers shutting down, 50k bans being handed out to cheaters every day, and generally better matches for all players. That success has seemingly been short-lived, however, as hackers and cheaters have made a fresh start in the free-to-play experience, leaving regular players frustrated and looking for answers.

After the launch of Season 4 in Call of Duty: Warzone, players have seen an increase in match cheating. Multiple threads have appeared on Reddit about the problems caused by cheating and how it seems to be increasing. One of them, from user ArchMageMagnus, indicated that out of 4 matches played, in 3 of them they died from someone cheating, including a player who used a Swiss K31 sniper out of range and at great range, as well as another who a Grau used to take them out through a house.

Another thread from GrieverXVII revealed that players followed others through walls, auto-aim when aiming the weapon sights, and more. Others in the comments chimed in with their own stories, though the common thread between all of this has been Warzone players wondering just how effective Ricochet really is. Many have theorized that hackers use more subtle strategies to trick the system, watering down their settings to disguise things like aimbot as simple aiming aids. Most agree that Activision will never be able to fully master cheating or hacking on PC and with crossplay enabled it will seep into consoles as well.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much news from Activision about Ricochet after the February update. At the time, Activision acknowledged the proliferation of hackers, confirming it as frustrating, but promised to continue the battle with updates to Ricochet with new systems. As the highly anticipated Warzone 2 launches later this year, many fear that the new game will also be undermined by cheaters and hackers.

Call of Duty: Warzone is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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