Call of Duty: Warzone, one of the most popular and hackable video games, will finally get a new anti-cheating system later this year. Activision announced the news during a press conference that officially featured Call of Duty: Vanguard. The incoming system is supposed to replace the current Activision anti-trick solution for each current Call of Duty game.
Rumors suggesting that Activision was working on a drastic upgrade of Warzone's anti-cheating methods have been towing for months, but this is the first confirmation that the publisher is planning a new tool outside of its internal efforts. The new anti-cheating system will arrive later this year along with a new Warzone map.
It is unclear whether Activision will partner with a third-party vendor such as Easy Anti-Cheat or BattleEye for Warzone, although given how long this has taken, it seems very likely that a solution will be developed in-house.
The update may not arrive soon enough, fueled by frequent cheating and disappointing seasonal content, the excitement around Warzone seems lower than at other points in the game's lifespan. An indicator, Twitch Tracker, shows an average of 77,000 viewers of the war zone in August compared to 139,000 four months earlier, and fewer channels broadcasting the game during this recent period.
Activision has faced increasingly sophisticated scam software by issuing ban waves of up to 60,000 accounts at a time, but certain cheaters have continued to engage Warzone in new and surprising ways. In 2021, we’ve seen war zone cheaters aim for victory, forcibly crashing a streamer’s game, winning without ever scoring them, ending games instantly, and unlocking all game cosmetics.
Hopefully Raven can clear the board and regain the confidence of the players with this new anti-cheating solution. Activision also announced today that Warzone will get a new map this year.