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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta May Already Have Hackers

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It appears hackers have already infiltrated Call of Duty: Vanguard, despite the fact the game is only in its beta. As of right now, developer Sledgehammer Games has yet to address the matter, but there are multiple videos circulating online that suggest hackers have entered the game. The news comes after Call of Duty: Vanguard’s announcements and marketing, all of which insists the title that will combat cheating.

After the game’s reveal, Activision promised a new anti-cheat system in Call of Duty: Vanguard – which will also be implemented into Call of Duty: Warzone. The latter series has been riddled with cheaters since cross-play was introduced in 2019 with fellow series installment Modern Warfare. Since then, players have noticed an influx of hackers and it has only continued to become more prominent as time has gone on. Activision is making an effort to address this with more than simple account bans this year, but it remains to be seen how effective it is.

Industry insider Tom Henderson and Twitter user Chris Simons recently posted videos of players who appear to be hacking in Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s beta. The game’s beta opened up to Xbox and PC users this week, resulting in a wave of new players who may be cheating. Earlier this week, it was reported that Warzone bans would transfer to Vanguard, which seemed to be a step in the right direction, but it seems hackers already entered Vanguard. Players can be seen auto-locking onto other players’ heads, allowing them to kill with ease. Additionally, a website that Screen Rant has opted not to name is already advertising hacks for Call of Duty: Vanguard, as well.

It’s likely Activision hasn’t actually implemented its new anti-cheat system into the Vanguard beta, as it appears to be coming in November. However, this recent infiltration isn’t a reassuring impression of the game. If players are already hacking into a beta that has only been available on PC for a couple of days, it is in Activision’s best interest to invest a lot of resources into its new anti-cheat system, and to ensure it such a feature isn’t easily countered. Over 500,000 Warzone accounts have been banned since the game launched in 2020, which only shows how the game is infested with cheaters.

Given the stiff competition that Call of Duty: Vanguard faces this holiday with Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite, Activision doesn’t seem to have the luxury of taking its time to address these issues. Players are already a bit wary of another World War II entry in the series, so it seems unlikely they’ll be willing to put up with the headaches that come with hackers. As of right now, there’s no telling how Vanguard’s new anti-cheat measures will be handled.

Call of Duty: Vanguard releases on November 5, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC

Source: Tom Henderson/Twitter, Chris Simmons/Twitter

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