New update from COD’s Ricochet Anti-Cheat Team (opens in a new tab) is trying to reassure players who are worried about Modern Warfare 2’s SMS verification requirement. Team Ricochet’s post confirms that Modern Warfare 2 players on PC will need a “text-enabled mobile phone number” to verify their accounts and play the game, but it is very specific about that PC part: players on consoles won’t have to. at all check yourself via SMS.
But even for us PC gamers, Team Ricochet says the requirement won’t affect people who have already checked themselves out for Call of Duty: Warzone. MW2’s (and Warzone 2.0’s) SMS verification system on Battle.net is the same one that’s existed in Call of Duty: Warzone for the past two years, so legacy players won’t have to re-authenticate for access. Unless you’re going to play MW2 on Steam (opens in a new tab)that is, in which case you’ll need a mobile number linked to your Steam account before you can play.
The update promises that your phone number will only be used for security reasons, and that the game “does not use SMS verification data for marketing purposes”.
The measure is implemented to combat the “illegal account market” and fraud. For a while there, cheaters were able to play Warzone without verifying themselves if they accessed it through 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which led to the implementation of the SMS verification system in MW1 back in August this year. The team wants to prevent that from happening again.
The whole post feels like an attempt to avoid the furore that started around Overwatch 2’s SMS security system this month. Overwatch 2 was originally going to force both new and old players to check in via mobile before receiving such a deluge of complaints that the policy was eventually removed for legacy players. (opens in a new tab). The game has also drawn criticism for requiring phone numbers from both console and PC players, which MW2 clearly does not.
COD hasn’t dropped everything people didn’t like about Overwatch 2’s SMS security system, though. Prepaid phones are still off-limits (opens in a new tab)which upset many Overwatch fans earlier this month.
We’ll see how well COD pulls it off when Modern Warfare 2 releases on Steam (opens in a new tab) and Battle.net (opens in a new tab) on October 28 (with pre-orders receiving access to the campaign on October 20). It’s looking pretty good so far: the trailers are dripping with enjoyable COD nonsense (opens in a new tab) and the computer functions look very extensive indeed (opens in a new tab). You may have to pull out your phone before you can enjoy them.