An Apex Legends developer has manually banned over 600 cheaters in the past week as an ongoing effort to keep Season 8 clean.
Much like Activision’s Warzone, EA’s Apex Legends also has its fair share of cheaters in their games. It may be a bit less lucrative to cheat in Apex Legends, with crossplay being input-based – putting them mainly against other PC players. In Warzone, you can come across players from any system, at any time.
Regardless, it doesn’t matter which game you play on PC. If there’s a scent of competition, someone, somewhere will cheat. It’s up to developers to create their own anti-cheats in-house or pay for support from a third-party anti-cheat software, like Easy Anti-Cheat.
Apex Legends uses Easy Anti-Cheat, which is a regularly updated cheat detection tool with a dedicated team (composed of both Apex developers and Easy Anti-Cheat developers) set to constantly fight the wave of crafty cheat developers.
In addition to the automatic detection tool, developers can also manually spectate and ban players the anti-cheat does not identify, which is a task developer Conor Ford on the Apex Security team has taken up.
Manual ban wave wipes out 600 players
For those pesky cheaters that make it past the anti-cheat, developers like Ford are dedicated to banning them. This can take several hours of spectating players in-game to properly conclude if they’re hacking.
In just a single day of manual bans, Ford was able to ban a stunning 652 cheaters from the live servers.
This follows another ban wave he put out himself on February 10, banning 507 PS4 players abusing an RP glitch in ranked mode – supposedly banning them for the entirety of Season 8. In response, he requested the banned players “do something actually productive instead of cheating.”
Japan servers also getting a ban wave
If any region is filled with cheaters, it’s most certainly the densely populated Asian server. For games like PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, this was a huge issue when the game originally launched.
Fortunately for players on that server, it appears Respawn is also dedicated to banning cheaters in the coming weeks, per a tweet from Hideouts.
Starting things off, Ford stated that he is “dedicating a lot of (his) time this week to specifically focus on cleaning out (the Japanese) servers”. In a follow-up tweet, he also stated that there are “plans in place, that will be announced relatively soon, to better help this problem.”
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to see those plans, if they are specifically dedicated to anti-cheat measures, they will surely help the entire player base.
Image Credit: Respawn/EA
Reports claim Gears of War could be getting remastered collection like Halo
A new rumor is circulating that claims Gears of War could be the next Xbox title to recieve a remastered collection.
New reports suggest that Xbox are planning to release another set of remastered games, with Gears of War implied as the title to receive the Halo: Master Chief Collection treatment.
Remasters are big business in gaming, giving players the opportunity to relive their favorite games with upgraded graphics. Franchises like Call of Duty have taken advantage of nostalgia, releasing titles like CoD 4 Remastered, although it doesn’t always go well, as Rockstar found out with their critically panned GTA Trilogy.
Remaking old games is something Microsoft and Xbox Studios have looked into in the past, with the Master Chief Collection allowing Halo fans to enjoy their favorite entries in the franchise.
Now, it seems like they’re set to use that formula again, this time focusing on another of their exclusive franchises: Gears of War.
According to Xboxera Podcast host Nick Shepsal, the rumor going around is that another “Microsoft franchise that will be getting the Master Chief Collection treatment.”
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“Timelines, I’m not sure about. Most likely next year. A collection of games all bundled into one,” he stated. When the chat started to guess Fable and Gears of War, Shepsal smiled and said those were the two he “expected chat to say,” before confirming he knows the title but can’t say.
The Verge editor Tom Warren then added fuel to the fire, replying to a tweet of the above clip by saying: “The gears are really turning on this rumor.”
While it’s possible this is just a coincidence, it’s fairly unlikely. Warren’s choice of words was clearly a hint, although whether it’s real or just him messing with Xbox fans is impossible to know.
There hasn’t been a new Gears of War title since 2019, and with five games in the series, a remastered collection would give players plenty of content to enjoy for the foreseeable future.
Whether this rumor will turn out to be true remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you updated with any news.
Image Credits: Microsoft
When is Ranked Play coming to Vanguard? Release date, Skill Divisions & Ratings, rewards, more
Vanguard’s Ranked Play mode is just weeks from launch, and we’ve got all news, including possible release date, ranks, and rewards.
Ranked Play is officially back in Vanguard, with Sledgehammer Games confirming that the competitive playlist is on its way. Here’s everything we know about the mode, including the likely release date, Skill Divisions, and more.
Call of Duty has always had a large competitive community, with fans jumping into League Play to test their skills, and compete in matches just like those seen in the Call of Duty League.
While frustration has been rampant surrounding the esports side of the game, including the decision not to include a ranked playlist in Vanguard at launch, excitement for League Play is at an all-time high following January’s CDL Kickoff Classic tournament.
Thankfully, we already know for sure that League Play is on the way, and we’ve got all the details.
- Vanguard Ranked Play release date
- Vanguard Ranked Play Skill Divisions and Ratings
- Vanguard Ranked Play Rewards
CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play release date
While we don’t have a definite release date for Vanguard’s ranked playlist, we do know League Play is definitely releasing in February 2022.
In a post on the official Call of Duty League website, General Manager Daniel Tsay confirmed that it would “roll out alongside new Call of Duty: Vanguard,” and said the team were “excited about the future of Ranked Play.”
In terms of exact dates, there’s a good chance that February 14th is a date to look out for, as that’s when Vanguard Season 2 begins.
CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play Skill Divisions and Ratings
In a tweet in October 2021, Treyarch confirmed that they had been working in partnership with the Call of Duty League to bring a “new level of Ranked Play” to the franchise, starting in 2022 with Vanguard.
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Vanguard’s Ranked Play will include “competitive modes, Ranked Skill Divisions, and visible Skill Ratings,” which will allow players to see how they stack up against their friends and other players.
How this mode will be implemented is still yet to be confirmed, but we’ll be sure to update this post with any new information.
Vanguard Ranked Play Rewards
Players will also be able to earn various kinds of rewards for their efforts in Vanguard’s Ranked game mode. In Black Ops Cold War, players were able to earn special weapon charms based on their ladder placements and Skill Divisions.
How these will look in Vanguard remains unclear, but it’s likely that we will see a similar system implemented in the Sledgehammer title.
Image Credits: Activision
Will Call of Duty stay on PlayStation after Microsoft’s Activision buyout?
PlayStation fans may have some questions regarding the new Xbox acquisition, including whether Call of Duty will be on the platform.
After the huge news about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, PlayStation players are wondering what will happen with future Call of Duty releases.
Since the news broke about Microsoft’s purchase of Activision, the gaming community has gone crazy worldwide. The deal is arguably the biggest acquisition in gaming history and was even worth more than Disney’s purchase of the Star Wars franchise (Lucasfilms).
The deal has a lot of question marks surrounding it at the moment, but for those PlayStation users who are confused as to what it means for Call of Duty on the platform, here’s all the information you need.
The deal involves games under Activision and Activision Blizzard, which subsequently means Xbox will own Call of Duty.
This took the community by surprise when it was announced and naturally, a lot of people had questions.
For example, Call of Duty have had a close relationship with PlayStation for some years now, giving them exclusive/early access to content, so what will happen after the deal goes through?
Will Call of Duty still be on PlayStation?
Xbox’s Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft gaming, confirmed in a statement over on Twitter that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation following the acquisition. Further, the Xbox CEO also confirmed that they would honor all existing agreements that Sony has with Call of Duty.
Nothing more is confirmed regarding the deal, as the companies will remain independent from each other until 2023.
This means that Call of Duty 2022 will likely retain a lot of the PlayStation exclusivity deals that have been around and PS players won’t have to worry about losing content to Xbox, at least not until these commitments and deals expire.
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Once the deal closes and the commitment to existing contracts and agreements like PlayStation’s exclusive Call of Duty content expires, it’s unclear what will happen in terms of exclusive content. However, it is clear that Call of Duty will still be released on PlayStation.
According to Tom Warren, Xbox’s dealings with Bethesda when they purchased the company could be telling of what they will do with Activision. We will likely know much more about exclusivity for other games once the deal has closed, but we could be seeing a lot of Activision games going exclusive.
It wouldn’t have been wise for Microsoft to pull Call of Duty games from PlayStation, as the franchise remains the best-selling game on PlayStation platforms in the U.S. and has been for years, with Vanguard recently topping the charts for 2021.
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What can be said, however, is that exclusivity deals may shift from PlayStation to Xbox after the deal is closed. Call of Duty games may even be seen on the Xbox Game Pass on release, but this is all still just speculation.
So, there you have it, Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation platforms but the exclusive content may shift over to Xbox and PC. For more, check out every Warzone weapon ranked.
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