Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Call of Duty Vanguard May Already Be Facing Hacker Problems

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is already dealing with hacker problems in its beta, according to some players. Players are already posting evidence of hackers in the Vanguard beta on Twitter. Videos are circulating of players using aimbots, invincibility, and more. At the 19 second mark of the video below from CDL Intel on Twitter, you can see a killcam replay of a hacker using automatic aim, which locks on to enemies instantly around the map.

Another instance of auto aiming can be seen from Dabzsy's Twitter video. You can see the reticle bouncing around the map, locking on to different targets.

This video, from Wicked Good Gaming, shows both auto aim, and outlines of all players displayed through walls.

Call of Duty continues to crack down on cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone. In August, Call of Duty banned over 100,000 accounts in a single day. The total number of accounts banned is now well over half a million. However, a problem arose that cheaters would simply create a new account, and start cheating again. So, Activision started banning hardware rather than specific accounts. However, some users are still able to work around this system.

Earlier this year, Activision stopped the release of an "undetectable" cheat system that could be used for aim assist and auto fire. It was shut down after footage circulated of it running in Warzone.

Last month, we learned Warzone will get a, "multi-faceted, new anti-cheat system" implemented throughout the game. We'll have to wait and see if the same anti-cheating measures get implemented into Vanguard. Right now, it also seems that players banned from Warzone also won't be able to play Vanguard.

We reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment and will update the article if we hear back. For more, check out our Call of Duty Vanguard beta impressions. Or, watch the latest episode of Podcast Unlocked, where we discuss Call of Duty Vanguard as a part of this Fall's, "FPS Heaven."

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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