It’s not 100,000 zillion (…yet), but PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is taking its nuh-uh policy super seriously, smashing over 1 million players with the frying pan of zero tolerance last month for cheating.
Lesson learned? Not so much, apparently. The most recent bans are on top of the 1.5 million (then) total bans reported back in December, up from 150,000-something in September. Incredibly, and I mean that in the very literal sense of the word, more and more people are cheating in this game, despite the inevitable consequences.
PUBG Corp dropped an update for the game yesterday that, among other things, checks for questionable third-party apps and simply stops the game from launching entirely if these are detected. That includes programs like ReShade, which bumps up the game’s distinctively drab colour palette (nice) but also pops out other players (not nice).
“The new anti-cheat feature will block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats,”community manager PUBG_FWG explains.
“One of the popular programs that will be blocked is ReShade. You will not be banned for having it on system but you will no longer be able to play PUBG while it is installed. Please uninstall ReShade (or any other blocked program) and launch the game again. Some players may find that reinstalling PUBG is also necessary.”
And other players will find new ways to cheat instead.