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Call of Duty: Warzone will get a new anti-cheat system with Vanguard

Raven Software is overhauling Warzone’s approach to cheaters later this year

A player from Call of Duty: Warzone season 6 Image: Infinity Ward/Activision

Hacking and cheaters have been one of the most frustrating parts of Call of Duty: Warzone since it was released, but Raven Software says it’s creating a completely new anti-cheat system to try to fix some of the problems.

On Thursday, Activision, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software released a new video to give fans their first glimpse at Call of Duty: Vanguard, the new World War II-set entry in the franchise. Of course, as with last year’s Black Ops Cold War, Warzone is a huge part of the companies’ plans for the new games and got a prominent place in the presentation.

Raven will continue to lead development of Warzone, starting with a new map and integration of WWII-era weapons from Vanguard.

But more importantly, Raven is also developing a brand-new, completely overhauled security system for the game that’s designed to combat cheating, a problem that’s run rampant through the Warzone community since the game launched. Raven didn’t reveal any details about the new system during the presentation, and fans should expect details to remain fairly scarce. While the studio may release a few things to help fans understand how secure their new system is, any information that’s made public could help cheat-makers find ways around the new security measures.

Of course, this new anti-cheat system won’t completely solve the game’s hacking problem, but hopefully it will give Raven a head start on slowing down cheat-makers and identifying hacking when it makes it into the game.

The update is set to come out sometime around the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, which is scheduled for Nov. 5.

At the same time Vanguard is being shown for the first time, Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard faces wide-ranging allegations that it maintains a toxic workplace environment that is particularly hostile to women. A lawsuit, filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing in July, alleges the company pays women less, subjects them to sexual harassment, and that perpetrators are not meaningfully punished. You can read more about the allegations against Activision Blizzard in Polygon’s explainer.

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