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Cheaters Are Ruining Call Of Duty: Vanguard Before It Even Comes Out

"Call of Duty" has a long and troubled history with hackers disrupting the series' multiplayer communities. Things have been particularly bad for "Call of Duty: Warzone," which has been plagued with hacker-related problems since the start. Some "Call of Duty" hackers have even disguised malicious malware as cheat programs, going so far as to ransom their victim's accounts back to them. These issues eventually led to high-profile players like NickMercs and Dr. Disrespect giving up on the game all together.

Things looked to be changing for the better when Activision announced the series' newest title, "Call of Duty: Vanguard," which is set for release on November 5. The company even held a large press event for the game where it claimed that it would launch alongside a new anti-cheat software which would block hackers from being able to mess with the game. This was what a lot of people were waiting to hear, and though some were still skeptical, many of the pro streamers who had been burned by "Warzone" still found themselves excited to give "Vanguard" a chance.

Activision has been dealing with an increasingly large pile of lawsuits and bad press as of late, but it seemed like this new anti-cheat software could finally earn the tarnished company a bit of good will. Unfortunately, the open beta for "Call of Duty: Vanguard" — which runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 22 — has already been beset by cheaters.

Call of Duty: Vanguard's beta has a cheating problem

Fans online are already discovering a surprising number of cheaters in "Call of Duty: Vanguard." For instance, shortly after the beta's launch, Reddit user ukjoel333 posted a thread titled "how are there cheaters already?!?!" The thread featured a replay video in which an enemy player fired their weapon at the open air and somehow managed to kill a rival player who was around a corner. It's possible that this could have been a simple glitch in a game that wasn't yet ready for release, but the score panel after the kill showed that this player already had a score of 12,950 and had achieved 113 eliminations, more than double what anyone else on the board had managed. That kind of achievement is difficult to reach if you're playing fair, but it isn't hard at all if you've got a number of cheats equipped.

Another instance of cheating was posted by @EasyStomps on Twitter. In this video, the cheater had the nerve to comment on how bad everyone else was at the game, even though @EasyStopms claims the player had been using a hack to see through walls. When confronted about this, the cheater said "uh oh, time to end the game," and then somehow managed to instantaneously end the match for everyone.

Some Reddit users have been quick to criticize Activision's new anti-cheat system for obvious holes, while others have suggested that fans can't know for sure whether it works or not, since it likely wasn't implemented in the Beta. Activision has yet to comment on the cheaters infiltrating its latest "Call of Duty" title.