People Can Fly has announced that it will mark cheaters in Outriders by adding a permanent watermark to their HUD, among other punishments. In one Outriders Steam blog post, the developer described their cheating and hacking policy, and the repercussions players will suffer if they engage in a criminal act. People Can Fly identified around 200 cheaters during the game’s demo period, including one who “gave himself 600 legendary weapons.” Cheaters made up only 0.01% of the player base, and People Can Fly is hopeful that the number won’t increase during the full game’s launch period.
To prevent this from happening, People Can Fly has implemented a number of repercussions for cheaters, which will be account-wide.
- You will not be able to match with legitimate players
- Matchmaking will likely take a lot longer
- You can still play solo
- Going forward, your HUD will have a discreet but visible watermark placed on it so that gameplay footage created on that account can be easily identified as coming from a marked account.
All accounts will be verified for historical cheating on April 1, launch day, and then at “regular intervals” after that date. If you cheated during the demo but you still want to start the game without the false shepherd’s mark, then you have to “delete all characters and items from your entire account” to start over. Naturally, if you cheated in the demo, don’t try to carry over that progress to the main game, otherwise you will be marked.
If you’re wondering what People Can Fly considers cheating (at what point, maybe you’ve already lost your way), here are some habits to avoid:
- Intentionally launch the game on PC without Easy Anti Cheat (EAC)
- Modify game files to enhance a character: levels, skills, inventory, etc.
- External modification of playtime to reduce time-dependent features such as vendors and challenges
- Use a training program or similar to gain advantages in the game
- Use gameplay modification programs such as aimbots or wallhacks
Don’t worry if you’ve used the farming routes above to collect additional loot during the demo. People Can Fly said “farming is not considered cheating” but lamented the unethical “hits” the loot-stuffed miniboss captain suffered during the demo phase. Outriders will launch worldwide on April 1 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Google Stadia. The game will be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on day one.
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