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Activision responds to CronusMAX concerns with new Warzone RICOCHET anti-cheat

Activision have responded to concerns that modded controllers such as CronusMAX will make it through their new RICOCHET Warzone anti-cheat.

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Activision has announced their new RICOCHET anti-cheat for Warzone and Vanguard and has responded to some concerns about CronusMAX users on consoles and PC.

Activision has long been at war with cheaters plaguing Call of Duty: Warzone, with the devs banning at least 800,000 Warzone accounts. In response, they officially announced RICOCHET, an in-house anti-cheat built specifically to combat Warzone cheaters.

However, not every cheater uses software to artificially get ahead in the game. Some use controller hardware, specifically the CronusMAX, that players can mod to have rapid-fire, no recoil, and more.

In a Q&A with content creators – like JackFrags – recently about RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, Activision responded to concerns over modded controllers making it through the anti-cheat’s detection capabilities.

Warzone and Vanguard ricochet anti-cheat

Although almost all Warzone cheating is through PC and software, there’s also a cheating problem on consoles. While perhaps not as obvious as those with aimbot and wallhacks, some third-party controllers allow players to use a variety of game-breaking mods.

In the RICOCHET Q&A, devs were asked “What about Cronus and XIM devices on console?” They explained that “Server-side technology that utilizes machine learning paves the way for such devices and scripts to be detected.”

So, it appears that their machine learning might be able to detect the unnatural inputs from a Cronus and ban that user. However, they didn’t guarantee that machine learning will effectively combat Cronuses, just that it “paves the way” to detect them.

Also, according to the same Q&A between renowned JackFrags and Activision, the company mentioned that have attempted to work with Sony and Microsoft to prevent the devices from being used on their consoles. However, it’s been reported that Activision is having little success.

CronusMAX’s and other modded controllers are only a small part of the issue, so if everything goes according to plan, then the new Warzone Pacific map should be almost completely free of cheaters.


For more Warzone, you can check out how to watch Warzone’s The Last Dance in Verdansk tournament.

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Warzone players call for devs to not remove Rebirth Island with Vanguard integration

With Call of Duty: Vanguard on the way, players are worried about what will happen to the popular Rebirth Island mode in Warzone.

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Warzone players have been begging the developers at Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games to keep the Rebirth Island mode after Vanguard’s integration.

With Warzone now in Season 6, players have had a lot of time with the Rebirth Island mode, as it was released back in the first season of Black Ops Cold War‘s integration with the battle royale.

Players are fond of it, as some are even calling for the devs to keep it in the game even after Vanguard‘s release.

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With Vanguard not too far out now, releasing November 5, players are anticipating the game’s integration into Warzone, which could happen just a couple of weeks after launch.

Of course, players are extremely excited about the new Pacific map, but at the same tie, some are worried that the Rebirth Island Alcatraz map and mode will be lost.

Reddit user BaconHamAndCheese12 put up a post recently expressing their worries about Rebirth Island continuing even after Vanguard’s release.

The player is passionate about the mode remaining in the game, as the caption reads: “When we get the new Pacific map and Vanguard is integrated, are we going to lose Rebirth Island?”

The post goes on to question whether the map will remain, or even if the Resurgence mode will get a new “smaller map” introduced along with Vanguard.

The user then states “I really don’t hope we lose Rebirth Island and Resurgence,” showing their love for both the map and mode. As the post asks whether or not there has been any information on this topic, sadly there has not, and it is unclear what will happen to the mode after Vanguard is integrated.

Many users in the comments also feel the same way, with one even saying: “I was genuinely concerned about this too and it’s a topic nobody seems to be talking about.”

We know many Warzone players absolutely love Rebirth Island and Resurgence, so we too hope that the mode and map returns, and if not the same, hopefully, a new variation of it.

Warzone could potentially lose a lot of its player base who love the mode, as some players exclusively play Rebirth Island due to its fun, intense gameplay.

We’ll have to see what happens when the devs comment on the topic, but for now, check out the current Warzone Season 6 meta.

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CoD: Vanguard download file size & preload date & time

Here’s everything we know about the CoD: Vanguard download file size across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC and when you will be able to preload.

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With Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone taking up sizable chunks of players’ hard drives, Call of Duty fans are keen to know how big the download file size of CoD: Vanguard will be and when they will be able to preload it.

As games get more advanced and demanding, they’re starting to take up more and more of players’ hard drives. Modern Warfare, with all its components, takes up 175GB of space, which has caused many to have to delete games to make room for it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is releasing on November 5, and players are concerned about how much space the game will take up.

Here’s everything we know about the Call of Duty: Vanguard download file size and when players will be able to preload it.

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CoD: Vanguard preload date and time

Those who pre-order the next entry in the fan-favorite franchise will have the ability to preload the game so that they can jump right into the action when it officially launches.

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players will be able to preload CoD: Vanguard on October 28 in North and South America at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 AM EST (October 29).

All other countries will be able to preload the game on October 29 at midnight local time.

Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S players will be able to preload on October 28 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 AM EST (October 29).

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CoD: Vanguard download file size

The official Call of Duty Blog posted all of the new information regarding the CoD: Vanguard download file size on October 26, 2021. As with previous Call of Duty games, the CoD: Vanguard download file size will be different depending on the platform you are playing on.

You can find the CoD: Vanguard download file size for your platform of choice below. However, the exact figure for how big it will be on PC has not yet been revealed.

We will update this section with the PC download size when it is announced.

  • PlayStation 5: 64.13 GB Download | 89.84 GB Required Space
  • PlayStation 4: 54.65 GB Download | 93.12 GB Required Space
  • Xbox Series X |S: 61 GB Download | 61 GB Required Space
  • Xbox One: 56.6 GB Download | 56.6 GB Required Space
  • PC: Not Yet Available

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Call of Duty: Vanguard download file size

Luckily, Call of Duty devs have incorporated ways to reduce Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s file sizes, allowing you to select the different content packs you want to have installed.

Vanguard is expected to follow suit, allowing you to either install and uninstall:

  • Campaign
  • Multiplayer
  • Zombies

By uninstalling these content packs, you can significantly reduce the Vanguard download file size, depending on your gaming needs.

Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to switch over to Vanguard alongside the deep integration and new Warzone map. Currently, you must have Warzone installed to play Modern Warfare. At the time of writing, it’s uncertain whether Warzone will be required.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the killstreak change players want to see in the next installment.

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Vanguard devs explain why game size will be much smaller than Warzone & Cold War

Thanks to new tech, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s file size is set to be much smaller than Warzone and Cold War at launch.

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Call of Duty players have grown increasingly frustrated with Warzone and Cold War’s massive file size, but Activision has explained why the problem will be fixed in Vanguard.

As Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War continue to update, the games’ file sizes have kept growing. Black Ops Cold War is now sitting at around 200 GB, with Warzone adding at least another 50 GB. If you have a smaller hard drive, Call of Duty doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Activision already allows you to uninstall certain aspects of the games such as Campaign and Zombies, but they have plans to significantly reduce Vanguard’s file size at launch.

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“Good news for hard drives everywhere,” tweeted Call of Duty on October 26. “Vanguard’s install size at launch will be significantly below previous Call of Duty releases.”

They didn’t reveal Vanguard’s exact file size, but players can expect to “save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space.” Although last-gen consoles weren’t mentioned, next-gen editions take up significantly more room, so this should bring the sizes more in-line.

This will be done through “new on-demand texture streaming tech,” which is already available in Modern Warfare and Warzone for PC. Rather than taking up space on your hard drive, textures are downloaded on the go. Warzone players previously saved around 25 GB when it was introduced, but their new tech appears to be more effective at reducing file size.

Of course, this could cause issues for players with a poor internet connection, so it remains to be seen if it’ll be optional.

This also lines up with the Microsoft Store listing that Vanguard will be 75 GB on Xbox One, and 95 GB on Xbox Series X|S. These early sizes are much smaller than Cold War’s 133 GB launch size.

Warzone Pacific map with mountain in background

Warzone and Vanguard will integrate later this year, bringing the new RICOCHET anti-cheat and new Pacific map. Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to shift over to Vanguard with Season 1. This could bring across the new tech, but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation.

We’re less than a fortnight away from Vanguard’s November 5 release, so we expect to find out more details before launch.


For more Call of Duty: Warzone, you can check out YouTuber JGOD’s best weapons ahead of Vanguard’s integration.

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