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Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard anti-cheat Ricochet seemingly leaked and is being reverse-engineered

What was supposed to be a moment of celebration for Call of Duty, may have taken a turn for the worse.

Earlier this week, Activision and Call of Duty developers excitedly unveiled Ricochet, a new kernel-level anti-cheat software for Warzone and Vanguard. The tech is supposed to be the developer's answer to the cheating pandemic in Warzone, but it's not off to a good start.

According to Anti-Cheat Police Department, a group that reports on cheating and cheat makers, the kernel driver for Ricochet has leaked. Makers of paid cheats are seemingly already working on reverse-engineering it, which doesn't bode well for Ricochet.

Anti-Cheat Police posted screenshots of an unnamed forum where the leak was made, as well as proof of the kernel's digital signature, belonging to Activision.

There is a possibility that the leak was intentional for developers to stealthily test the effectiveness of the tech, but we can't say for certain. Nevertheless, it's yet another blow to an already embattled publisher.

After a string of lawsuits, controversial settlements and calls for unionization, Activision Blizzard's future as an industry leader is in question.

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