Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has vowed to take the fight to any opportunistic cheaters trying to illegitimately ruin everyone's fun in Modern Warfare 3. According to the creative strategist at IW, there's been a lot more work put into cheat prevention this time around.
'There's been a lot of work put into [cheat prevention]. I can't go into specifics. On a general high level area there's so much more stuff that we've locked down and made less accessible than we had before. A lot of stuff that we stripped out, a lot more challenge response things that we're doing. [...] I can't go into detail on it but it's about verifying what the code is supposed to be and what the code actually is on the client side, and making sure that those are aligned. It's also about our ability to take action when stuff is wrong so we've done a lot of work in our ability to update the game more quickly and efficiently than we have before.'
Speaking in an interview with GameSpy, Bowling also said that there will be dedicated teams working on analysising data and trying to prevent illegal activity. 'A lot of that stuff can be done through Elite that we can review,' he said. 'Then we have tools to report player stuff in game that players can use, and we'll have entire teams monitoring and taking actions on those.'
Bowling also hinted that mod support might be coming for the game as well, though he would not be drawn on a speculative percentage of probability.
'I loved [the Galactic Warfare from Black Monkey] and it's something I want to see for Modern Warfare 3 so it's a possibility. Again it's one of those things that we can't start working on until the full game's finished, you know? But it's something that we want to do.'
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is due for release on November 8th on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Check out Jon's Spec Ops preview here.