Being a free-to-play title, Call of Duty: Warzone is rife with cheaters. Activision has had many run-ins with them, to say the least. And in the publisher’s latest effort, it is giving legit players a form of invulnerability against cheaters.
As posted on the Call of Duty blog, this new form of anti-cheat is called Damage Shield. When the game detects a cheater, “it disables their ability to deal critical damage on other players”. This form of anti-cheat is now “out of testing and deployed across the globe”.
"Since the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat kernel level driver rolled out on PC, #Warzone saw a significant drop of in-game cheat reporting while bringing cheating within Warzone to an all-time low."
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) February 18, 2022
The wording is oddly specific, in being that this Damage Shield prevents cheaters from dealing critical damage, rather than just outright making them unable to deal with damage at all. This could still result in the possibility of legit players getting their health whittled down low enough to be easy kills for other fair players. Activision claims that it “will never interfere in gunfights between law-abiding community members”, but that won’t always be the case in a battle royale.
At any rate, it’s still a notable effort in trying to reduce the number of cheaters in the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone. Though the occasional cybercriminal also served to be an unintentional form of anti-cheat.