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Call of Duty players are facing a familiar frustration this weekend as Vanguard’s cross-platform multiplayer beta appears to have already been targeted by cheaters.
As seen in the social media videos below, less than 48 hours into the console and PC test, several players already seem to have encountered players using cheats to auto aim on opponents.
Cheating and hacks have been a major issue in recent Call of Duty games, to the extent that a new anti-cheat system is being marketed as one of the key features of Vanguard.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer Trailer
Activision says Warzone’s PC anti-cheat system will be introduced later this year, following the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard and a brand new game map.
Activision seems to be confident about the anti-cheat measures it’s planning to introduce, as Call of Duty’s official social accounts openly taunted “pissed off cheaters” in a video last month.
In August it was announced that another 100,000 players had been banned from Warzone in the game’s latest action. And the recent marketing video warned: “We know what you’re doing. We’re coming for you.”
Activision has now issued over 600,000 Warzone permabans since the free-to-play shooter launched in March 2020.
It’s been claimed that cheaters banned from Call of Duty: Warzone will also be banned from playing Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Warzone’s creative director told VGC in April that he shares fan frustration over cheating in the game. Amos Hodge said he was “upset” that cheaters were “ruining some of the best work” he’d ever done.
The cross-play Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer beta kicked off on Thursday. For the first 48 hours the beta will be available for all PlayStation users, and for Xbox (Xbox Live Gold required) and PC players who have pre-ordered the upcoming shooter.