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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision of lying about Ricochet

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One of the most popular streamers of Call of Duty and Battlefield, Herschel “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm, recently accused Activision of falsely promoting the Ricochet anti-cheat system in COD: Warzone.

Cheating is a big problem with online games, including Warzone. Many had hoped that with the long-awaited debut of the Ricochet anti-cheat software, cheaters will be no longer given a medium.

However, things are proven otherwise by multiple players, including Dr. Disrespect who was taken out by a cheater during a stream. The player managed to take his player out with very little effort. Although unbothered by the loss, he then mocked Ricochet and how little it impacted the game.

“Ricochet… They lie to us. Ricochet f***ing sucks. It’s not working. Let’s work with the new solution right now. You’re going to have to figure out something for this engine,” said Dr. Disrespect in the clip of his stream shared by Twitter user Jake Lucky.

Ricochet is a multi-faceted anti-cheat system that targets cheaters by monitoring analytics from the server for cheat-like behavior. It also tracks and reports third-party software that interacts with the game.

According to the developer, Ricochet has been able to ban 48,000 Warzone and Vanguard cheaters within a day – although such numbers have been touted before, and players only saw momentary improvement.

This time around, before the software was running, many Warzone cheaters mocked Ricochet by changing their in-game usernames to something like “NiceAnticheat,” “@YesImHacking,” and “ITz-NoT-LUCK.” The kernel driver code was even leaked in October, although Activision said the final version would be different. Now, some have managed to bypass the software and reemerge in the game.

Multiple issues with COD franchise

Warzone is not the only one in the Call of Duty franchise that is continuously facing cheaters. Activision has been shutting down the websites of cheat resellers and stopped some creators from ever publishing their cheats. At the beginning of December, Activision filed a lawsuit against Warzone cheat provider EngineOwning, aiming for a $2,500 penalty for each violation.

Warzone has been facing issues since its launch in March 2020. A range of bugs has been hampering players’ enjoyment, and the prevalent appearance of cheaters in the game has ruined the experience for more honest players. Many people, including popular creators such as Nickmercs and FaZe Kalei, have temporarily dropped the game, and even suggested people switch to Apex Legend instead.

As of recent, players are reporting bugs for Wraith’s “Disruptor” skin and Weaver’s Dark aether” skin from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is turning invisible in Warzone. The bug causes most of the body to disappear, leaving only a floating operator head. Raven Software is aware of this issue, but no update on when the bug will be fixed.

Previously a similar issue also arose with Season 1 battle pass Francis’s “Awoken” operator skin, which appeared invisible on Warzone’s Caldera map.

Aside from skin, Caldera and Warzone Pacific are facing the emergence of demon gun glitches, while the Gulag is facing weapon invisibility issues. Mid-game crashes and frozen screens, especially on consoles, happen a lot – which can only be solved by restarting the game completely.

This has gained complaints from Dr. Disrespect who said Caldera should just be ditched completely. Meanwhile, Aydan even planned to move to another title if the problems persist.