Excluding cheaters doesn’t always work because they can usually create another account. So games like Duty are increasingly looking for ways to make it less fun for people to exploit their games – and the latest idea is giving honest players a cheat of their own. The new “Damage Shield” in Duty war zoneThe new Ricochet anti-cheat software makes a cheater’s bullets bounce right at you, so you can get closer as they hilariously flutter around, then destroy them yourself.
You can see YouTuber TimTheTatman showing off here, about a minute and 13 seconds into this video:
In a blog post announcing the feature, Activision says it will only be activated “when the server detects a cheater tampering with the game in real time,” and that the game “has no ability to randomly or accidentally apply a Damage Shield.” fit,” in case you were wondering.
“We will never get involved in gunfights between law-abiding members of the community,” Activision added. So if you see this happening while you’re not cheating, you probably have questions.
The company also announces that cheaters will be banned around the world Duty gaming franchise, not just game by game, and that ban extends into the future Duty also games. It writes:
Further, extreme or repeated violations of the security policy, such as in-game cheating, may result in permanent suspension of all accounts. In addition, any attempt to hide, disguise, or obscure your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.
Cheating has become a scourge of gaming in recent years, leaving no popular game untouched, to the point that professional gamers have abandoned some titles and rejected console players cross-play with PC due to the prevalence of cheaters there. Epic not updating Fortnite to also run on the Steam Deck for fear of cheaters.
Companies like Activision have responded with massive new anti-cheating initiatives, including their own original kernel-level drivers for PC, but they’re also fighting cheats with legal action, suing or threatening to sue their creators.
However, trolling cheaters is also a fun tactic. In addition to the new Call of Duty shield, we’ve seen League of Legends and Apex Legends developers suggest that they let cheaters fight each other exclusively, sentenced to fight it out in cheater hell.