And for those that need a quick explanation, the Kernel sits on the system level -- beyond an application. Think of it as deeper in the core of an operating system. With Activision set to launch Call of Duty: Vanguard
next month, alongside its seemingly endless battle to rid Call of Duty: Warzone
of cheaters it's about to ramp up its anti-cheat measures with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat.
The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard, and later this year with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone.
In addition to server enhancements coming with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is the launch of a new PC kernel-level driver, developed internally for the Call of Duty franchise, and launching first for Call of Duty: Warzone. This driver will assist in the identification of cheaters, reinforcing and strengthening the overall server security. The kernel-level driver launches alongside the Pacific update for Warzone later this year.
Although the Kernel stuff is limited to the PC version console players will benefit from the server-side stuff. Though on PC that extra layer will "check the software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone", with Activision noting that's all it will do.
RICOCHET Anti-Cheat's kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
RICOCHET Anti-Cheat's driver is not always-on.
RICOCHET Anti-Cheat's driver monitors the software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
When you shut down Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver turns off.
In recent months Activision has been banning and attempting to combat rampant cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone, which has only increased alongside the battle royale mode's popularity.
RICOCHET has no doubt been in development for sometime and it will be interesting to see what impact it has, and how weird it will be for a game to install a legit system level driver on PC.