As good as crossplay sounds on paper, the reality of it becomes a curse to those on console who struggle to deal with the massive influx of PC cheaters using aimbots, wallhacks, and ESP hacks.
For a long time, gamers and developers have wanted to unite platforms and to allow its players to compete and play with one another despite which system they are using. But, the reality of this concept is all but positive and not as appealing as they may have wanted it to be.
Previous generations of Call of Duty allowed it’s players to only play against those on the same platform as each other. However, with Call of Duty: Warzone, all platforms such as PS4, Xbox and PC can co-exist in the same game and lobbies. This is where the problem starts as cheating on PC is extremely easy to do, hence ruining the enjoyment from the game to not only other legit PC players, but for those console players as well.
It has become such a problem in Warzone that a large majority of console players have disabled or “opt-out” of crossplay all together to avoid being put in the same lobbies as PC players.
Infinity Ward, the developer of Call of Duty Warzone recently announced that they had banned 70,000 players for cheating, however, it is unknown what type of ban occurs as the game is still has a major cheating problem.
Using cheats such as aimbots, wallhack, esp, etc is easy on PC, all it takes is paying out a monthly subscription, install the risky software and you are ready to go. Using these cheat programs however runs the risk of malware being installed on your system, so the cheaters really risk their machines to an unknown source. Cheating on console however is relatively harder. Consoles don’t necessarily have aimbots and wallhacks, they do however have 3rd party devices that run external scripts to help with additional aim assist, no recoil, and more. All of which are potential bannable offenses if caught.
Infinity Ward has advertised the crossplay feature heavily in their battle royal title, which also helps fill the 150 player capacity with ease. But, the problems persist and many players want PC owners to link their accounts with another form of identification such as a phone number to help prevent new accounts being made so easily after a ban.
As the game continues to move forward, we will see how the cheating problem plays out and see what Infinity Ward can do to get this issue under control.