The weekend is two Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta – and now PC, PlayStation and Xbox players are all stuck, cheaters have entered the battlefield.
In response, console gamers are turning off cross-play to keep up with what’s on PC — the platform that has the most trouble with hackers.
As seen in a clip posted on Twitter by MW2 Beta Plug, cheaters use wallhacks to spot enemies before they miss them and aimbots to never miss.
Clips of Modern Warfare 2 cheats also populate the likes of Tik-Tok, showing users where they can buy hacks.
All this, even before the official launch of Modern Warfare 2, and despite the fact that Activision is very impressed bounce anti-cheat software.
The problem is significant enough that Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward took to social media to promise action.
Tomorrow we will go live against cheaters and hackers in Beta matches.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) September 24, 2022
Hacking in Modern Warfare 2 is especially problematic for Infinity Ward and Activision, given how loud Ricochet’s anti-cheat software is.
Introduced for battle royale Warzone and Vanguard, Ricochet introduces new server-side tools that monitor analytics to detect cheating. Activision also released Ricochet’s PC kernel-level anti-cheat security driver for both games.
Less than two weeks ago, Activision insisted it “enhanced and improved Ricochet” for both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0, “combining a year’s worth of updates from #TeamRICOCHET with new features and mitigations to preserve the game.”
Of course, no anti-fraud is perfect, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution or policy for fraud. But Activision, which has faced a significant reputational issue over cheating since Warzone blew up in 2020, will be desperate to prevent the same thing from happening again with Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0.