Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023
Instead of battling through this wasteland, cheaters will now have to face the wasteland of their own lives.

Instead of battling through this wasteland, cheaters will now have to face the wasteland of their own lives.

In an effort to curb a wave of cheating in the online portions of The division, Ubisoft says it is revoking its policy of issuing 14-day suspensions when a player is first detected using a cheat engine. Now those players will be permanently banned when found.

The new policy will come later The division team said it became clear to them that the current 14-day suspension policy “has not been a deterrent enough…judging by your feedback and based on what we saw as cheaters came back into the game.” That 14-day suspension policy was itself an increase over the previous three-day suspensions handed out until the end of April for first-time offences.

Those temporary suspensions certainly didn’t seem to discourage cheaters much, according to widespread reports of cheating and the use of exploits in the game. “The message is out,” one player continued The division forums in April. “Cheat as much as you want, it will take forever to catch you, and you get to keep all the exp/money/items you earned and after a three day suspension you get to laugh, come back and reap your reward. Then just play no more false.”

The new stricter enforcement comes amid reports and criticism of it The division‘s online infrastructure, which appears to place an inordinate amount of trust in data coming from the client-side application, would need a “complete rewrite” to be functionally secure. The division team addressed these complaints in a recent podcast and in today’s enforcement announcement:

While some game decisions are made on the client side, there are constant server checks. This ensures that even in the situation where a player could change their customer data, the servers can detect it. The range of these checks has been continuously improved since the launch of the game, which allowed us to catch a large number of cheaters. Of course, this doesn’t mean cheating is a thing of the past and we stand ready to respond quickly should new cheats be developed.

That message doesn’t do much to directly address the core complaints of those who think the game’s client-server architecture model is fundamentally broken. Still, The division team says improved cheat detection led to “actions” against 30,000 player accounts and 3,800 permanent bans. That number looks set to rise rapidly given the new policy of banning cheaters on their first offense.

Last month, before the launch of OverexpectedBlizzard published a similar “zero tolerance” policy for enforcing cheats in that game: “If a player cheats — or uses hacks, bots, or third-party software that gives an unfair advantage — that player will be permanently banned from the game. . Full stop,” the company said. That policy has already led to thousands of bans, which some reports say are increasingly difficult to circumvent, even with an almost completely wiped computer.

However, many other online shooters still offer lighter offenses for beginner cheaters. Destiny often gives first offenders temporary “restrictions” that can last a few weeks. Duty temporarily bans players for their first two offences. And Rockstar famously called those who cheat Max Payne 3 in a “Cheaters Pool” where they could only play against others using unfair exploits.

By akfire1

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