The Call of Duty developers are implementing a humorous new strategy to combat cheaters in the game. When a cheater deploys, their parachute may occasionally be disabled, causing them to fall to the ground and “go splat.” This is intended to draw attention to the cheater and make it “immediately obvious” who is trying to cheat the system. The new tool, called Splat, is designed to be more “fun” than previous anti-cheating methods.
Splat doesn’t need to flag the player as a cheater before they deploy, and if caught once they reach the ground, the software will speed up the next jump to create the same effect. This means a simple bunny hop could turn into a 10,000-foot drop to “take them out instantly.” Splat, like other anti-cheating measures, will not randomly activate for normal players and will not activate based on a report from another player. The machine learning algorithms have to detect verified shady behavior for it to kick in.
The developers have stated that this is just the beginning, and they have “many new tricks” in development to combat cheating. In the past, they have used various methods to handle cheaters, from confusing them to making them disappear, among others.
It is not yet clear whether the newly released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III will have access to this new Splat system.