Excluding cheaters doesn’t always work because they can usually create another account. So games like Call of Duty are increasingly looking for ways to make it less fun for people to exploit their games — and the latest idea is giving honest players a cheat of their own. The new “Damage Shield” in Call of Duty Warzone’s new Ricochet anti-cheat software causes a cheater’s bullets to bounce right at you, allowing you to get closer as they hilariously flutter around and then destroy them yourself.
You can see YouTuber TimTheTatman showing off here, about a minute and 13 seconds into this video†
In a blog post Activision announces the feature, saying it will only be activated “when the server detects a cheater tampering with the game in real time”, and that there is “no ability for the game to randomly or accidentally apply a Damage Shield” , in case you’re wondering.
“We will never get involved in gunfights between law-abiding members of the community,” Activision added. So if you see your bullets failing when you’re not cheating, you probably have questions.
The company is also notifying cheaters that it will be banning them across the entire Call of Duty gaming franchise, not just game by game, and that ban will extend to future Call of Duty games. It writes:
Further, extreme or repeated violations of the security policy – such as in-game cheating – may result in a permanent suspension of all accounts. In addition, any attempt to hide, disguise, or obscure your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.
Cheating has become a scourge of gaming in recent years, leaving no popular game untouched, to the point that professional gamers have abandoned some titles and rejected console players cross-play with PC due to the prevalence of cheaters there. Epic will not update Fortnite to run on the Steam Deck for fear of cheaters.
Companies like Activision have responded with massive new anti-cheating initiatives, including their own original kernel-level drivers for PC, but they’re also fighting cheats with legal action, suing or threatening to sue their creators.
However, trolling cheaters is also a fun tactic. In addition to the new Call of Duty shield, we have League of Legends and Apex Legends Developers suggest that they let cheaters fight each other exclusively, condemned to fight it out in their own cheater hell.