Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been available for a week now, letting players enjoy its multiplayer game modes, including battle royale mode Blackout. However, while players are mostly enjoying the experiencing, it seems that some are already trying to spoil the fun by using cheat programs to get ahead in the game.
In a 20-second video published to Reddit earlier this week, a user named TheWetDolphin highlighted a phenomenal play in which a PC player called ViciouZ scores six, extremely precise kills. ViciouZ must have some pretty envious reflexes as the video shows the player going from enemy to enemy, picking opponents off like it's nothing. The player's sights flick from opponent to opponent and it's an impressive sight to see.
That level of precision is not unheard of but the speed and distance of some of the kills has led many other Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players to suggest that they were using an aimbot. Aimbots are pieces of cheat software that allow players to automatically aim at an opponent; all they need to do is fire.
They are a common form of cheating in many multiplayer games, with one Overwatch aimbot maker in South Korea being arrested. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is not the only game to face this kind of issue and it is unlikely to be the last. But many are disappointed to see the PC version affected by cheaters and hackers so soon after the game's release.
Positively though, developer Treyarch is already on the case. In a comment left on the original Reddit post, a representative for the studio said that the team takes anti-cheat "very seriously" and that it has "worked closely with Blizzard's security team on the process." The representative also described it as an "ongoing process for us to address any issues we see," also encouraging players to report cheaters using the in-game reporting function.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players will be glad to see that Treyarch is taking such a proactive stance against cheating in its game. Cheating in games such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has also led the playerbase to look elsewhere, playing other titles to get an even playing field. Treyarch would also like to avoid seeing its players jump ship, so expect the studio to ramp its efforts up should cheating persist in its game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.