… Allegedly. Because it’s important to be super sceptical about stuff on the internet, kids, and that photo of me snorting lines of litter with a stripper cat is totally fake. Also, don’t snort lines of litter. Anyway, since Destiny 2‘s launch on PC yesterday, reports are coming in that players are getting bans for using legitimate, third-party software at the same time. What?
According to unverified claims on Reddit and Bungie’s own forums, PC players are being banned from the game for using hardware monitors, info and chat overlays like FRAPS and Mumble, and even game capture apps. And what might otherwise have been a temporary, if pointlessly frustrating, inconvenience, bans in Destiny 2 are also inconveniently forever and can’t be disputed. A lot of banned players have managed to get refunds through Blizzard instead, but that’s not exactly a solution.
Before anybody drops a nuke on Bungie HQ, though, the guys over at DSO Gaming – and, presumably, millions of others – have apparently been playing Destiny 2 on PC with a GeForce overlay and AMD’s ReLive capture app without incurring a ban. So.
Responding to complaints, Bungie community rep Cozmo explains that the game’s third party compatibility features are necessarily limited, but “third-party applications that aren’t compatible with Destiny 2 may cause the game to not run but will not result in a ban”.
This is a problem one way or the other – at best, it’s a communication issue between Bungie and its customers, and at worst, a launch bug of apocalyptic proportions. Maybe keep those things disabled for now.