‘Warzone’ will give PC players god mode if they’re against a cheater

Raven Software says it has seen a "decline in cheat reporting" since rolling out some new measures in the last few weeks

Warzone developer Raven Software has announced that as part of the battle royale’s anti-cheat system, PC players who encounter hackers will be given a “Damage Shield” that prevents hackers from hitting them with critical damage.

As detailed in a progress report for Ricochet anti-cheat, Raven Software has shared that it is looking to apply more “in-game mitigations” to prevent cheaters from ruining games while they’re in them.

One of these mitigations involves a “Damage Shield”, which has finished testing and is now live on Warzone servers.


As to what the Damage Shield entails, the developer explains that “when the server detects a cheater is tampering with the game in real-time, it disables the cheater’s ability to inflict damage on other players,” which essentially sounds like a God Mode.

“This mitigation leaves the cheater vulnerable to real players and allows [Ricochet] to collect information about a cheater’s system,” adds the blog.

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Call of Duty: Warzone. Credit: Raven Software

The article also outlines that there is “no possibility” the game will accidentally apply a Damage Shield outside of a scenario involving a cheater, and says “we will never interfere in gunfights betweeen law-abiding community members.”

Looking ahead, the Ricochet team has shared that there are further mitigations “live and in development,” and confirmed that Warzone has seen “a decline in cheat reporting” since launching some of them in the last few weeks.

On some of the mitigations that have not yet been detailed, the blog teases that “you might start seeing clips of our new tricks soon, but we won’t ruin the surprise.”


In other Warzone news, Season Two of Warzone launched last week and has brought NPC enemies and a Chemical Factory.

Elsewhere in the gaming world, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is going to be free to play next weekend.