Reshade, a popular image-enhancing tool used PUBG players on PC, will no longer be allowed once the game’s new anti-cheat measures roll out.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has always had a lax stance when it comes to software that modifies the game’s visuals beyond what’s possible through the game’s options menu.
Case in point, Reshade, a popular shader injector that adjust the game’s contrast considerably, creating a saturated look that makes it easier to spot targets, particularly in Erangel with its many shaded ares and dark corners.
Creator Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene previously said that using Reshade won’t get you banned, but with cheating in PUBG reaching a fever pitch, the developer is starting to plug all possible holes cheaters can use to gain an advantage.
Recently, PUBG Corp has been testing out a new anti-cheat solution. This unnamed measure has been included in two test patches so far, most recently in this week’s patch. When this tech does release on live servers, Reshade will be blocked.
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Community coordinator RoboDanjal confirmed this on the official forums earlier. Although Reshade itself is mostly harmless, the program can be used with certain cheats.
This is likely why PUBG Corp is blocking it altogether, but there’s certainly an argument to be made that something that changes the game’s visuals so drastically shouldn’t have been allowed to begin with. Then again, many PUBG players will contend that Reshade adds much needed sharpness to the game’s visuals, beyond the advantage saturated colours offer.
It’s worth noting that the community coordinator didn’t specifically say Reshade users will be banned, just that the program will be blocked. That said, it’s probably best to stop using it now before it starts creating more problems than it’s worth.