Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War isn't even out yet, but there are already reports of cheaters invading the superstar shooter.
Well, that didn't take long, did it? Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War isn't even out yet, but some crafty cheaters have already been caught trying to exploit us honest players.
Despite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone being hugely popular since their respective releases, the shooters have been dogged by problems with cheaters. Barely a day goes by without some sort of cheating method going viral and angry gamers sharing their frustration with the community.
Activision has tried to tackle cheaters by throwing the ban hammer their way, but despite culling them in their thousands, they keep coming back like a plague of rats. Black Ops Cold War is currently in its Beta ahead of the game's full reveal on November 13, however, there are already worrying reports that cheaters have infiltrated the CoD camp.
Shared on Reddit, there's been an influx of cheaters who're apparently using aimbot to get the edge over the competition. The issue comes from the fact Cold War has cross-play enabled by default, which has allowed PC players into the arena to overtake PlayStation and Xbox players with their hacks. Worse than this, only PlayStation owners can disable cross-play matchmaking, meaning Xbox users are stuck in the middle of this cheating warzone.
A quick search of the internet will yield a tonne of results for Call of Duty PC hacks. Aimbot is by far the most popular and has become a prevalent problem in pro circles too. Similar to an increased uptick in causal players reporting cheaters in Modern Warfare and Warzone, more and more streamers are being banned from the likes of Twitch amidst accusations of aimbot and other hacks.
Activision has thrown its full marketing might behind Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, in what is being dubbed the biggest game in the franchise's 17-year history. The official sequel to 2010's beloved Call of Duty: Black Ops, Cold War is continuing its legacy in style with an ambitious Story Mode, supersized multiplayer, return of the fan-favourite Zombies, and bridging the gap between current and next-gen consoles. Despite a few hiccups with cheaters, things look on track to be one of 2020's biggest games.
Following in the footsteps of Activision launching legal proceedings against a popular hack site, things are at least improving (slowly). Sadly, for every hack site that's shut down, another two pop up in its place. It's also a worrying trend that it's already an issue in Black Ops Cold War. Here's hoping Activision puts those cheaters in its crosshairs and gets a quick (but humane) headshot.
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