Call of Duty Warzone is now giving players an automatic ‘god mode’ in-game when it detects a player cheating.
Announced as part of the Ricochet anti-cheat system that has been employed in the battle royale game, players who find themselves in a game with a hacker will receive a ‘Damage Shield’ if the anti-cheat detects manipulation.
A new blog post by Team Ricochet explained the new system. “One mitigation technique we’ve been testing is something we call Damage Shield,” it says. “When the server detects a cheater is tampering with the game in real-time, it disables the cheater’s ability to inflict critical damage on other players.
“This mitigation leaves the cheater vulnerable to real players and allows Team Ricochet to collect information about a cheater’s system.”
The post also reassures players: “We track these encounters to ensure there is no possibility for the game to apply a Damage Shield randomly or by accident, no matter the skill level.”
Activision claimed in August that it had issued over 500,000 Warzone permabans since the free-to-play shooter launched in March 2020.
The publisher rolled out Warzone’s anti-cheat kernel-level driver globally in December.
Publisher Activision recently said it’s offering players free gifts as a thank you after it delayed the launch of Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 2 due to various issues with the games and 2019’s Modern Warfare.