The developers for The Division have taken a big step forward in the way they deal with cheaters in their game.
Ubisoft Massive, the team behind the hugely popular MMO, is preparing to dole out its biggest wave of bans yet. They have just implemented some new methods for detection & identification of cheaters, and will be handing out 14-day bans for first-time offences. The team will also not be working on a “three strikes” program, either. A statement recently given out by Ubisoft Massive read, in part, “When cheaters are caught, we will now apply a suspension of 14 days on first offence (instead of the previous 3 day initial suspension). Second offence will always be a permanent ban.” That’s right, players will be permanently banned if they are caught cheating twice.
In addition, The Divisiion’s development team will be taking more steps to ensure that bugs (like the ones being exploited by these cheaters) do not occur in any of the new content for the game. The previously-mentioned statement continues, “Identifying and fixing bugs before releasing new content is one of the most important parts of game development. This is also the best way to guarantee a smooth and enjoyable experience for our players.”
Since there is no real foolproof way to prevent all bugs from making it into games, Ubisoft Massive has said that they will quickly confirm any and all exploits which make it past the testing process, and ensure that players do not take advantage of them. These exploits will also be listed on the game’s forums.