Call of Duty: Warzone has long been besieged by hacks, cheats and exploits. So it's probably no surprise that the series' next mainline installation, Vanguard, is already suffering a similar fate in its recent open beta (opens in new tab).
According to a report by Waypoint (opens in new tab), cheaters have already begun hawking their wares in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Taking advantage of the fact the beta doesn't feature Call of Duty's much-vaunted new anti-cheat system (opens in new tab), hackers have been able to instantly end matches (opens in new tab).
But as with Battlefield 2042 (opens in new tab), cheat developers are already preparing for the game's full launch. Listings viewed by Waypoint advertise "lifetime" access to Vanguard hacks. Reportedly, these cheats have sprung up so quickly because much of Vanguard's code is similar to 2019's Modern Warfare reboot, making it easier for developers to create hacks for the unreleased title.
"The core of the [Call of Duty] engine hasn’t changed much during the life of the franchise so porting a cheat from one game to another has always been very easy," an anonymous industry source told Waypoint. "Cheat developers have extra incentives to get that working during beta: it’s good publicity for them to be the first and that allows them to capture screenshots and videos for marketing. Most usually give the cheat free to their existing customers. Some even go free for everyone."
Call of Duty: Vanguard launches on November 5th, and with it comes a lush new Pacific Island map (opens in new tab) for Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision's new anti-cheat system should go live around the same time. Here's hoping it's tough enough to protect both new and ongoing Call of Duty games from ceaseless attacks from the cheating scene.