Infinity Ward hates Call of Duty cheaters just as much as the players do.
Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward’s creative strategist, says that the studio has learned its lesson from previous Call of Duty games, and is taking extra steps to curtail cheating in Modern Warfare 3. Bowling says that MW3 will have dedicated teams that look for anyone who is cheating and deal with them accordingly.
The teams won’t be the game’s only line of defense though; Bowling says Modern Warfare 3 will have improved code that checks for people using hacks in game, as well as using Steam’s VAC – or Valve Anti-Cheat – technology. “There’s been a lot of work put into it. I can’t go into specifics. 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,” he said.
“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.
While it’s not deliberately designed to do so, returning to dedicated servers will also go a long way to keeping cheaters out of people’s games. Having a dedicated server won’t stop cheating directly, but it will allow admins to boot the offending player out of the game and let everyone else have their fun.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out for PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.