The highly regarded first-person shooter game Battlefield 2042, created by DICE and released by Electronic Arts, will soon receive an updated anti-cheat system in its Season 6 release. The game will be transitioning from its current third-party Easy Anti-Cheat solution to the in-house kernel-mode anti-cheat and anti-tamper solution developed by Electronic Arts, called EA anticheat.
EA anticheat is designed to detect and block cheat programs operating in kernel space, otherwise invisible to user-mode anti-cheat solutions. According to EA, the last few years have seen a large increase in cheats and cheat techniques operating in kernel mode, so the only reliable way to counter them is to have the anti-cheat operate there as well.
The transition to EA anticheat is expected to be seamless for players, meaning they will not notice anything different when logging in and playing. However, EA claims that this move will enable its teams to be better equipped to find and remove players who cheat or do not play fair. The new anti-cheat system will also protect console players who match with PC opponents through Battlefield 2042’s cross-play features from cheaters operating on PC platforms.
EA assures players that EA anticheat will only be active when Battlefield 2042 is running and that all processes will shut down when the game is closed. EA also states that it has conducted extensive internal and independent performance and stability assessments to ensure EA anticheat is as performant and lightweight as possible.
The EA anticheat is part of EA’s ongoing effort to create a safe and fair experience for all players across its games. The FIFA franchise has been using EA anticheat since 2022, and EA plans to expand its use to other titles in the future. Battlefield 2042 will receive EA anticheat with the launch of Season 6 in October. The new season is set to drop this month and is confirmed to bring quality-of-life improvements and other new features.