Infinity Ward Going to War with Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters

September 27, 2011 -

Infinity Ward's creative strategist Robert Bowling says that the studio has learned some hard lessons about online cheating from previous Call of Duty games, and is taking extraordinary measures to make sure that there is little (or at least less) of it in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. To that end, Bowling says that MW3 will have dedicated teams monitoring online activity and dealing with anyone foolhardy enough to cheat.

The teams of cheater hunters won't be the game's only line of defense though; Bowling says Modern Warfare 3 will also feature improved code that checks for players using hacks in the game and will take advantage of Steam's VAC  (Valve Anti-Cheat) technology.

"There's been a lot of work put into it. I can't go into specifics," said Bowling. "On a general high level area there's so much more stuff that we've locked down and made less accessible than we had before."

"It's also about our ability to take action when stuff is wrong so we've done a lot of work in our ability to update the game more quickly and efficiently than we have before," he added.

Modern Warfare 3 deploys to PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 on November 8.

Source: The Escapist


Comments

Re: Infinity Ward Going to War with Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters

I thought they were doing most of this stuff before? Also, does Steam's VAC only work on the PC or does it work on consoles? I thought it was only in use on PC games.

-----------------------------------------

Managing Editor at TheBestGameSiteEver.com

Re: Infinity Ward Going to War with Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters

It's only used on PC because it is a feature of Steamworks.  As in 3rd parties can opt to include it if they want to use the Steamworks 3rd party DRM (Modern Warfare 2, for example, used steamworks and VAC).  However, it only detects changes against the executable files, not against actual cheaters.  Funny thing is that VAC ended up banning a lot of people that got put into hacked servers NOT ON THEIR OWN DECISION and Valve ended up having to reactivate multiplayer for a bunch of people and gave them copies of L4D2 to compensate.

Re: Infinity Ward Going to War with Modern Warfare 3 Cheaters

That's good of Valve, but they've always been pretty good with their customer service.

These sorts of situations generally go one of two ways: They catch no one, and every curses the developer for being incompetence or; they ban people on a hair trigger, and everyone curses the developer for being fascist.

This is especially true when the story is well publicized, since it creates an arms race between cheaters and the developers. If the cheaters win, they cheat, and they'll cheat a lot (for a little while at least) to rub it in. If they don't succeed, they may try for a while, pushing the developer's watchdogs in to excessive action, and then it's banland for everyone.

Not guaranteed, of course, but if they stop the cheaters without going overboard, the chances are pretty good that we won't hear about it again anyway.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
james_fudgeEZK: it sounds like a carry-over bug from Demon's Souls.03/30/2015 - 1:29pm
Andrew EisenJust watched a clip of one of his correspondent appearances on The Daily Show. Seems like he'll be a good fit.03/30/2015 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/television/trevor-noah-to-succeed-jon-stewart-on-the-daily-show.html The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.03/30/2015 - 1:17pm
E. Zachary KnightApparently there is an item duping glitch in Bloodborne. I loved those glitches in old Final Fantasy games. They were great. Nothing like infinite Excaliburs for Ninja's to throw.03/30/2015 - 12:58pm
Papa Midnightis no market for these games. There will be no intreospection whatsoever. It's either that or they blame piracy.03/30/2015 - 11:35am
Papa MidnightI'd like to take this time to reiterate the utter mess of a PC port that is Dead or Alive 5, which is missing significant amounts of features on PC in comparison to it's console counter-part. When sales go poorly, I'm certain the excuse will be that PC03/30/2015 - 11:34am
E. Zachary KnightSleep and sanity? No need for that here. Check out our experience at Super! BitCon as we made a game while visitors got to play games. Game Jamming During A Game Convention: A Convention Jam Tale. http://tinyurl.com/ogx46t703/30/2015 - 10:43am
ZippyDSMleePlank? PPLLAAANNKKK!!!!! :P03/30/2015 - 10:05am
MaskedPixelantehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXYXuXX48m8 Take the "no-prank pledge" today.03/30/2015 - 9:11am
ZippyDSMleecrap around. It’s quite annoying but kinda fun like galaxy...even if has the power ups I hate the planets... oh and here comes a C&D in 3...2.....03/29/2015 - 11:45pm
ZippyDSMleeI was never that much of a fan they messed up the power ups, the level design was good enough for the time but ...meh.. Playing through sunshine again since I am no longer a south paw the controls are still stupid there's little to no options to change cr03/29/2015 - 11:45pm
Cheater87http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/parents-could-be-reported-to-police-if-children-play-violent-video-games-like-call-of-duty-and-grand-theft-auto-10141697.html03/29/2015 - 11:45pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2015/03/29/click-here-to-play-super-mario-64-in-hd03/29/2015 - 11:45pm
ZippyDSMleeMedia mafia wants you to sleep wif the fishes!03/29/2015 - 11:44pm
MechaCrashThe MPAA and RIAA are a pack of extortionists and thugs, and they both need to be destroyed.03/29/2015 - 10:19pm
ZippyDSMleehttps://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-wanted-less-fair-use-in-copyright-curriculum-150329/03/29/2015 - 10:17pm
PHX CorpI have to say somthing about an injustice in the Xbox video Store, the first 6 Star Wars films are not available in either SD or HD03/29/2015 - 6:17pm
mthielThis reminds me of schools a few years ago who forbade their students from having MySpace accounts. I don't mean blocking MySpace from the school, I mean banning the kids from having accounts)03/29/2015 - 5:12pm
Constermthiel, that is fucked up. Threatening to call social services on parents if you find out they let their kids play the wrong kind of video games is a suicidal move for schools.03/29/2015 - 5:07pm
mthielSchools in england are sending letters to parents regarding GTA. http://www.cnet.com/news/school-principals-threaten-parents-with-police-if-kids-play-grand-theft-auto/03/29/2015 - 4:57pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician