As the multiplayer launch of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” draws near, concerns about cheating are mounting within the gaming community. These worries are not unfounded, as reports of cheaters surfaced during the game’s beta phase.
The Anti-Cheat Police Department, a vigilant Twitter account dedicated to monitoring cheat providers, revealed that a certain cheat vendor was distributing Modern Warfare 3 cheats for free during the beta to promote their products for the game’s full release.
The issue of cheating in “Call of Duty” games is not new, particularly on the PC platform, where the open nature of the system makes it more susceptible to such practices.
PC MW3 will be riddled with cheaters. A provider is giving out free cheats for the entire beta to promote their cheat further. pic.twitter.com/MMUHSiM8pb
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) October 11, 2023
However, cheat makers have also demonstrated their ability to infiltrate console gaming, with instances of cheating reported even during the PlayStation-exclusive portion of the MW3 beta.
The Anti-Cheat Police Department’s spokesperson, Laser, informed IGN that cheat makers are actively adapting their “Modern Warfare 2” cheats for the upcoming game.
The similarities between the two games make it easier for cheat providers to prepare their wares for “Modern Warfare 3.” The ease of access to cheats for “Call of Duty” games is alarming, with Laser pointing out that finding and using cheats can be as simple as a Google search and a few clicks.
While Activision’s proprietary anti-cheat tool, Ricochet, has been somewhat effective in reducing cheating, it has not eradicated the problem.
this smh on ps5 too pic.twitter.com/dZy2SYYPmN
— Duqys (@Duqysss) October 8, 2023
The most potent anti-cheat software requires Kernel-level access to monitor the player’s entire PC, a method that is more intrusive but also more effective. Some players, frustrated with the ongoing cheating issues, are even calling for such intrusive measures to be implemented in the “Call of Duty” series.
The battle against cheating is ongoing, and with “Modern Warfare 3” already facing scrutiny for its campaign and Zombies mode, the presence of cheaters could further tarnish the multiplayer experience. The game is set to launch on November 10, and the community is hoping for a fair and cheat-free environment to enjoy the new installment.