Ubisoft make good on their promise to punish cheaters.
The Division cheaters to receive "the biggest wave of suspensions and bans to date" says Ubisoft
The Division has had a problem with cheaters for some time, with talk of perma bans on their second strike.
Following the Falcon Lost Incursion exploit, community manager, Natchai Stappers made it clear that there would be repercussions for those using exploits, and today it seems, we get to see what that looks like.
In a post on The Division blog, Ubisoft said that they would be "handing out the biggest wave of suspensions and bans to date over the course of the next few days," for players using cheat engines. Their new cheat detection methods have already resulted in more cheaters being caught "in the last few days than we had in total during the previous weeks."
When identified, those using cheat engines will get a 14 day suspension, rather than 3, for their first offence. If they continue to play silly buggers and get caught again, they'll be looking at a permanent ban.
For those of you using exploits, Ubisoft has this to say, "Identifying and fixing bugs before releasing new content is one of the most important parts of game development...Unfortunately, we cannot simulate the experience that millions of different players will have, and how they will play the game. As a result, some bugs may make it through testing, and may be present when an update is deployed.
"In the event that a bug makes it into the game, and this bug can be used by players to gain an advantage, we need to be able to react and fix it, but also dissuade players from exploiting this bug until it is fixed. This is why moving forward we will adopt a stronger stance against players abusing exploits."
Their approach will be to give players " clearer and more concrete visibility." If new bugs are considered to be exploits, they'll be listed in public forums, and Ubisoft's "various communication platforms." This is considered to be enough of a warning that anyone caught using exploits after they've been confirmed as such, will be subject to the consequences.
As yet, these haven't actually been detailed, but repeat offenders' punishments "will vary depending on the severity of the abuse, as well as the history of the player. Possible sanctions include character rollbacks, account suspensions and permanent bans."
Before you get too freaked out about even picking up the controller lest you fall through the ground and get a lifetime ban, don't worry. "Those who encounter bugs during the normal course of play have absolutely nothing to worry about."
Well, that's a relief.
Are you glad to see Ubisoft cracking down on cheaters? Do you think players using exploits even fall into this category? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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