The highly anticipated open beta for Call of Duty: WWII finally ended on PC earlier today, leaving behind an unsatisfying and disappointing experience.
Players were given the opportunity to get an early feel of the new installment but they were robbed by plaguing hackers. The open beta began on September 28 and it took only a couple of days before illegitimate third-party software was being injected. The weekend in particular made it extremely difficult to find even a single game in any lobby that did not include one or more hackers.
Steam and Reddit are already full of threads that compile complaints from several players. There is even a new subreddit dedicated to the same issue. Streamers have been making themselves heard as well.
The problem was initially being assumed to not be that widespread. However, a number of videos showing players blatantly hacking in the open changed the perception when they were uploaded soon after in quick succession.
It appears that Sledgehammer Games has decided to rely on Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) instead of creating their own security wall for Call of Duty: WWII. Treyarch, for example, always opts for its personal Treyarch Anti-Cheat (TAC) system for its games.
On one hand, it is not particularly surprising that the open beta attracted hordes of hackers. However, it is worrying that Sledgehammer Games is yet to offer an official statement on the issue. The development team needs to tighten its security in time for launch or else face the disappointment of millions of potential customers.
The developer has previously stated that it is placing special focus on the PC version, which will have support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and multiple monitors. Players can also expect native support for 4K resolution, ultra-wide aspect ratios, high frame-rate caps, field-of-view sliders, and more.
Call of Duty: WWII is scheduled to release worldwide on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.