Rockstar has set up a dedicated email address for reporting Max Payne 3 cheaters, and intends to corral them together far away from the leaderboards.
“We’re aware that a small minority of players are spoiling the Max Payne 3 multiplayer experience for honest players with cheats and hacks, and while certain issues will be dealt with in forthcoming title updates, today we’d like to make it clear that anyone using these nefarious methods will be dealt with,” a post on the Rockstar blog warned.
“Anyone found to have used hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits to gain an unfair advantage in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, or to circumvent the leaderboards will be quarantined from all other players into a ‘Cheaters Pool’, where they’ll only be able to compete in multiplayer matches with other confirmed miscreants.
“In the event we decide to absolve any of these cheaters for their past transgressions they may re-enter play with the general public, however a second offense will result in their indefinite banishment. In either case, we will be removing invalid leaderboard entries to ensure that the players at the top of the charts have earned their spots fairly.”
The developer is most interested in “invincibility hacks, infinite adrenaline, score cheating” or “anything else suspicious”. It’s not at all interested in “legitimate tactics to which some players may object, such as camping” or in-game harassment; the latter should be reported to Microsoft or Sony.
Rockstar requests players email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Platform (PC, PS3 or Xbox 360)
- Cheater’s Gamertag / ID
- Description of the violation
- If possible, please include concrete evidence, such as a video or a screenshot
Just a note: Blizzard also cracked down on cheaters this week. It didn’t work out so well for the cheaters.