Warzone Ricochet anti-cheat trolls cheaters by giving everyone God mode

Even though it isn’t perfect, there’s no doubting that Call of Duty: Warzone uses some impressive anti-cheat software. Named Ricochet, the anti-cheat in Warzone is amongst the most complex the games industry has to offer. And now developer Raven Software is straight up trolling cheaters with the new Damage Shield mechanic.

Damage Shield is triggered once the anti-cheat has identified a cheater. Once triggered the cheater’s guns will deal next to no damage requiring over 1000 shots to secure a kill. Meanwhile, other players will be unaffected and be able to down them as usual. This is an experience that hopes to frustrate cheaters and reward legitimate players.

Naturally, some Warzone players are concerned that Ricochet could affect law-abiding players. After all, false positives are by no means unheard of when it comes to anti-cheat software. However, Raven is confident that there is “no possibility for the game to apply a Damage Shield randomly or by accident.”

How effective this new method of anti-cheat will be is to be seen. The idea is that banning a cheater only does so much but frustrating them may cause them to stop. This type of psychological warfare is a new idea in the industry but could serve as the solution. The developer has already stated that cheating in Warzone is at an “all-time low.”

How Warzone Ricochet works

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Ricochet is the anti-cheat software used in Warzone. It uses state-of-the-art kernel-level detection to identify and punish cheaters. It relies on the gathering of data and behavior patterns to figure out the difference between a legitimate player and a cheater.

Exactly what Ricochet is looking for is unknown as Activision hardly wants cheaters to figure out what is getting them caught. However, it is probably a mix between in-game stats and the user movements that are taken into consideration.

Call of Duty Warzone: How to Play With Friends

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The multiplayer mode in Call of Duty warzone is a thrill-filled game where you play in groups of three. While you may be teamed up with strangers online, connecting and playing with your friends is also possible. Not only does playing with real-time friends add more fun to the game, but it also increases your interest.

This article will show you how to connect and play Warzone with friends, no matter your gaming platforms. Also, to mitigate difficulties along the line, try using cod warzone cheats. With that said, let’s explore the details of playing with your friends

Ways to play Call of Duty Warzone with Friends

●      Playing Call of Duty Warzone with friends on the same platform

Call of duty warzone allows you to play with friends through multiplayer mode or co-ops. The friends you play with can be random picks you made online or friends you personally know. All it takes is a few clicks on the mouse or pressing buttons (for pads or controllers).

Locate and click on the social menu available on Warzone’s multiplayer home screen. The social icon is usually located to the top right of the screen, varying with different types of consoles. For example, it is usually a triangle if you’re gaming on a PS4 or a Y if you’re gaming on Xbox One.

On the social menu, you will be shown a list of friends you previously played with or added. You are to select your friends and proceed to the game if they’re online. If their lobby is open, you can join their party and play games with them.

●      Playing Call of Duty Warzone with friends across platforms.

You may be worried about playing with friends who are not using the same type of platform. However, Call of duty comes with the crossplay feature allowing you to play with friends on different platforms. So, whether you are using a PC, and Xbox One, or a PS4, you can still create that dream team.

To enable you to connect with friends on other platforms, turn on the crossplay feature in your game settings. You may also need an Activision ID- which you get after you have created an Activision account. The Activision ID is the code you need to share with your friends so that they are able to add you.

●      About the Activision

Creating an Activision account is not a big deal. You simply need to visit the Call of duty official website. Then, click the Sign Up option in the top navigation bar. You will then be directed to a page to provide the required information.

On this page, type in a valid email address, a display name, and a password. Then to read and accept the privacy policy and Terms of Service, and this finalizes the registration process. After completing the registration process, you will be shown your account summary containing your Activision ID.

Note that your Activision ID is unique to you, so don’t worry if another player bears the same username as you. After creating the Activision account, link your Xbox, PC, PS4, etc., to enable you to use the crossplay feature.

●      Crossplay

The Crossplay feature makes it possible for you to connect and play with friends. First, you have to turn it on in settings. After that, navigate to the top right corner of your multiplayer screen and click on the Social menu. You’ll find it just underneath your Activision ID and your rank.

On this page, you will see all your friends across platforms, including friends from your linked Activision account. Once a friend is online, you’ll find their name when you open the social menu. To join their game, right-click on their name and select Join game. To invite them to your game, after right-clicking on their name, choose Invite to party.

Furthermore, you can also use other means, including Xbox Live Gamertag, PlayStation Network Online ID, or Battle.net ID.

●      Requesting a new friend to join your team?

If you want to add a friend to your list, then take the following steps. Simply open your social menu and scroll to where you have the Add Friends option, usually to the left. Clicking on it will redirect you to a page where you are to type in their Activision ID. After you click on Send Invite, your friend will receive a friend request.

●      Accepting a request from a new friend?

To accept a friend request, simply open the social menu. Navigate to, and open the Friend requests tab, where you’ll find both sent and received requests. Simply locate your friend’s ID and click on the Accept button, then you both can rock together.

Conclusion

Playing with a team is important, but playing with a team you are comfortable with is the bomb. This is because the difficulty you face in Call of duty Warzone requires a huge amount of synergy and teamwork. So playing alongside a squad of friends is ideal, as you can effectively communicate. This article has the information you need to help players who don’t know how to go about creating their own teams.

Activision won’t be allowed to take part in this year’s The Game Awards

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The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley has confirmed that Activision will not be allowed to take part in this year’s awards. The statement was posted on Keighley’s official Twitter account. This decision was made in response to the ongoing cultural issues that have plagued Activision for years.

According to Keighley, it is important that Activision isn’t allowed to compete as “there is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices.” By not providing the American publisher a platform he believes that the awards are making a difference. Keighley intends to use his platform to “accelerate and inspire change.”

Activision’s problematic culture

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Despite this statement, Activision titles are still eligible to be nominated at The Game Awards. In fact, Call of Duty: Warzone has already been nominated for 2021’s Best Ongoing Game. It may not be able to win the award but even its inclusion is sure to be controversial.

The allegations against Activision from several parties are difficult to ignore. From its “Cosby Suite,” to CEO Bobby Kotick’s apparent apathy, the publisher has a deep culture issue that can’t be fixed overnight. That culture has created a workspace that is uncomfortable for all involved, but even more so for its female employees.

Of course, Activision isn’t the only culprit charged with these crimes. Both Riot and Ubisoft have had all sorts of allegations held against them too. Although these seem to have drawn less attention from the wider community. Case in point, there are no known plans to prevent these two companies from taking part in The Game Awards.

Hopefully, having a large award ceremony take a stance against Activision will prompt some much-needed change. It’s going to be a long journey to make things right but this is a promising start. Having an event that is in the public eye address this has the potential to force change. If that potential comes to light though is to be seen.

Bobby Kotick considers stepping down as CEO of Activision Blizzard

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It would be an understatement to say that things are not looking good for Activision Blizzard. The huge AAA publisher has been under investigation for various breaches of worker rights over the last few months. But somehow things look even worse at Activision. There are evidence found that CEO Bobby Kotick is part of the bad portion.

This follows Kotick’s previous statement that Activision would do everything possible to improve the company’s toxic culture. Yet his ability to do so is now being questioned with many feeling that he is part of the problem. According to Wall Street Journal, Kotick is ready to “consider leaving the company,” if things don’t improve.

Uproar at Activision

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Several Activision employees have demanded that CEO Bobby Kotick steps down. Furthermore, there is the expectation that the company’s shareholders will be able to select his replacement without his input. There are many reasons for Activision to leave its past behind.

This development follows both PlayStation and Xbox announcing that they will be investigating their relationship with Activision. It’s unclear what this could result in but at the very least it’s unlikely that either will be looking to directly work with Activision anytime soon. If two industry leaders and a state government aren’t enough to force change then nothing will be.

Currently, it is clear that the Activision board is in support of Kotick. Although their support is beginning to waver as more and more reports come to light. Their biggest concern is that Kotick was aware of the allegations and actively attempted to hide them from the public eye.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Activision. The games publisher announced its intentions to fix its culture by making a variety of changes.

However, if Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is the man to achieve that is to be seen.

Store leak shows that Activision will reveal Call of Duty: Vanguard this week

Activision has been strangely quiet about the next Call of Duty title. It’s only recently that the publisher even confirmed that it would be called Vanguard through a series of various teasers. However, a leak via the PlayStation Store suggests that we can expect an official reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard later this week.

The PlayStation Store entry for Vanguard was accidently updated too early. Although technically just a placeholder, it featured a thumbnail image that gave away some crucial information. The thumbnail reads: ‘World reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard – August 19, 10:30 AM PT in Call of Duty: Warzone’.

Vanguard is coming

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Needless to say, the thumbnail’s message is hardly cryptic. It would appear that the official reveal for Vanguard will take place this Thursday on August 19. The reveal will happen in the Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale game in some form.

Any further details as to what to expect are currently unknown. Based on the past, the most likely outcome is that Warzone developer Raven Software either places a teaser in Warzone or potentially add a new playlist. The latter was the method used to announce Black Ops Cold War’s integration with Warzone last April.

The playlist titled The Destruction of Verdansk saw the Ukraine based Warzone map bombed and destroyed. Following this event Verdansk was updated to be set in 1984, the same year as Black Ops Cold War. It’s possible that the reveal for Vanguard could be similar but this time focused on World War II.

There’s a lot of pressure on Activision to get this right. Not only is Warzone struggling right now with players moving on to other games, but the recent allegations don’t help either. Some gamers are losing faith in Activision but this reveal at least presents an opportunity to earn some of that faith back.

Activision are looking into sharing Call of Duty loadouts on social media

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Recently, Treyarch director David Vonderhaar filed for an interesting patent. According to the official USPTO database, Vonderhaar and publisher Activision are looking into the ability to share Call of Duty loadouts through social media. Treyarch is best known for working on the CoD franchise since 2006, but it also developed the legendary Spiderman 2 adaptation in 2004.

If this goes through then its possible that Black Ops Cold War and future Call of Duty titles could offer this function. If so, its potential is obvious. Imagine being able to jump on a pro player’s Twitter and download a class they’ve been dominating with. Obviously, it’s already possible to copy loadouts manually but this would open them up to more players thanks to how easy it would be.

Activision and its many patents

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War LMG gameplayBefore you get too excited, Activision is well known for applying for many patents. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous they may seem; the American publisher always pushes for those sweet exclusive rights.

Case in point, it has an active patent in place to defend the unique type of skill based matchmaking it uses in its games. More specifically, Activision owns exclusive rights to the algorithm in place that reads and evaluates a wide range of player metrics.

Basically, Activision doesn’t just want you to play with other players of a similar skill level. It wants you to play against the exact kind of opposition who counter your playstyle. This system in place exists to even out the odds between lesser and more skilled players.

Thankfully, this new patent seems far less ominous. Having the ability to quickly copy someone’s loadout through Twitter or Facebook sounds like a great addition. We don’t know when Activision is going to implement this feature or if it will even see the light of day. Only time will tell.

Activision Blizzard’s financial report details a very successful 2019

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Every so often, something magical happens in the video game industry. Large publishers like Activision have to submit financial reports to their shareholders detailing how successful the year was. This matters because it’s usually the only time these AAA publishers are actually honest.

So, when I opened up Activision Blizzard’s report I was ready for some juicy information, but they didn’t have much to hide. The truth is Activision has had a great year and their latest financial report proves that.

Activision’s Financial Report

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The primary focus of the report was firmly placed on Modern Warfare. Whilst it’s likely Activision was confident it would do well; its numbers are seriously impressive. PC sales alone increased by 50% in comparison to Black Ops 4. Equally, Modern Warfare’s overall sales increased by a “double-digit percentage,” when compared to its predecessor. 

Meanwhile, Call of Duty Mobile managed to stack up 150 million installs worldwide. This helped it top download charts in over 150 countries and finish top 15 in grossing mobile titles. Speaking of Mobile, Activision’s acquisition of KING back in November 2015 has continued to pay dividends. As usual, Candy Crush Saga was the top-grossing title across all U.S app stores.

Blizzard’s Financial Report

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However, the Blizzard half of Activision-Blizzard had less to celebrate given their various PR mistakes. Regardless, there’s no doubting that the launch of World of Warcraft Classic did a great job of resurrecting a once declining MMORPG. Blizzard claims WoW’s player base over doubled thanks to the release of Classic.

Outside of WoW, the report touches upon Overwatch’s expansion to Switch and the latest Hearthstone expansion. Unfortunately for Blizzard, their newest release, Warcraft 3: Reforged, has gone down as yet another PR disaster. Perhaps if they hadn’t claimed all user content in the first place, this wouldn’t have happened.

If you want to read through the various financial details, be sure to check out the report yourself. There are listings for revenue, profits, taxation, and just about anything else an Activision shareholder would need to know.

Platinum’s TMNT Project Leaked, Activision Releases HD Trailer

The first ever trailer for PlatinumGames’ upcoming TMNT game titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, has been leaked ahead of schedule.

While there is very little combat, it is nice to see the look they’re going for and how the game is shaping up from the conceptual stages.

Here is the full trailer in HD, courtesy of Activision.

 

While I can’t truthfully say that I am a big fan of anything TMNT related, it is nice to know that the game seems to be achieving a genuine comic book aesthetic, rather than some bizarre Michael Bay deformity.

Furthermore, it’s reassuring to know that TMNT is in the hands of the talented people at PlatinumGames, who have a nearly flawless record of developing fun and frenetic action games. Even if they seem to have about ten thousand projects on the go at once.

I am certain we will be seeing much more on TMNT in the coming months, so definitely stay tuned for whatever is next.

Activision-Blizzard Acquires King

Activision-Blizzard and King Digital Entertainment have released a joint statement announcing that Activision-Blizzard has acquired the mobile development company.  King is most famous for Candy Crush Saga and has released numerous successful mobile titles under the free-to-play business model.  Activision-Blizzard acquired the company at $18 per share for a total of $5.9 billion.  It doesn’t appear that any major changes will take place at King following the acquisition as the statement makes clear that King will still operate independently and that Chief Executive Officer Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson, and Chief Operating Officer Stephane Kurgan will retain their positions within King as prior.  Along with profiting from the emerging mobile market in general, a major motivation for the acquisition appears to be bringing Activision and Blizzard’s IP’s to mobile as the statement puts a fair deal of emphasis on franchises owned by the companies.  You can read the full joint statement here.

While Activision and Blizzard are major names among core gamers, King is far from revered with the same crowd.  Along with the general bias often held against mobile games, King stirred up controversy last year when it filed lawsuits against smaller studios using the words ‘candy’ or ‘saga’ in their titles, including a “Notice of Opposition” against Stoic for their viking-based strategy-RPG The Banner Saga.  It seems unlikely that fans of Call of Duty, Diablo, or the like would be too excited about any mobile spin-offs with King’s name on them.

What are your thoughts on Activision, Blizzard, and King joining forces?  Are there any franchises you would like to see or dread seeing worked on by King?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

The Taken King Launches Without A Raid

I generally try to avoid talking about the year long, sixty dollar beta, Destiny, but this is just too rich to avoid. According to The Taken King Director Luke Smith, the new Raid titled ‘Kings Fall’ will not be available on the day of launch.

Really Bungie…?

What’s more, Luke didn’t even comment on a potential release window for the raid, which is considered one of the most important pieces of content for Destiny’s end game. What a sad state of affairs for both Activision and Bungie.

Despite all of this, he has offered a final statement on the matter and it is as disappointing as one might expect.

“But I promise for people who are excited about the raid will know when it’s time to take time off work. We’ll give em’ a heads up”

How kind of Bungie to let us know when it comes out after hiding this fact until mere weeks before The Taken King releases. It’s not as if anyone wanted to play the Raid after Disappointment of Wolves released without a raid, instead opting for the utterly horrible “Prison of Elders”.

The Taken King was supposed to be the reinvention of Destiny. It was supposed to show everybody that Destiny can and will be a great game. While this may still happen, shipping without a vital piece of content just shows that even an entire year after launching, Bungie still can’t get their s%!t together.