People Can Fly has given a strong warning to those who cheated in the Outriders demo, and promised to mark HUD with a watermark if they hold it up when the game launches properly.
“We can see you all,” the Polish studio said in a post on reddit. “Yes, even the person who gave himself 600 legendary weapons.”
Since the Outriders demo was launched, cheating has been a much-discussed topic. The progress of the demo goes on to the main game, so there is concern among legitimate players that the balance of the looter shooter will be thrown into chaos by cheating already done in the demo.
People Can Fly said that when the demo hit two million players, it identified 200 who had clearly cheated ̵
The studio said it expects this percentage will not grow as much as the Outriders go through the launch on April 1 and beyond, but they wanted to outline the steps it takes to ensure everyone plays ball.
The fraudsters identified by the developer will have consequences for the entire account – not character-specific. Cheaters will also not be able to match with legitimate players – and matchmaking will take “significantly” longer.
Cheaters will still be able to play solo, but in the future their HUD will have a “discreet but visible watermark” placed so that game recordings created on their account can be identified as coming from a marked account.
People Can Fly said that all accounts will be checked for evidence of cheating on the day of launch, and then periodically after launch.
“Any accountant who turns out to be cheating on them on or after launch day will be permanently tagged,” said People Can Fly.
It’s pretty clear, but what if you cheated during the demo “just to try it”, but want to enter the main game without a brand?
People Can Fly said that if this is you, you must delete all the characters and items in your entire account “to wipe the slate clean”.
“You should not transfer any progress between the demo and the main game if you have cheated before but do not intend to do so in the main game,” said People Can Fly.
So, what counts as cheating in Outriders? People Can Fly released a list:
- Runs the game on purpose on PC without Easy Anti Cheat (EAC).
- Modifying game files to improve the grade: levels, skills, inventory, etc.
- External modification of playing time to reduce time-dependent functions such as suppliers and challenges.
- Using a coaching program or similar to gain benefits in the game.
- Use of game modification programs such as aimbots or wallhacks.
Players who are regularly fired by multiplayer hosts shortly after joining can also be manually considered as an additional anti-cheat / anti-grief protection, People Can Fly said. Using performance adjustment software (such as RivaTuner for example) to enhance a personal gaming experience is not considered cheating.
It is noteworthy that the mention of “external modification of playing time to reduce time-dependent features such as vendors and challenges” is something many players did in the demo to grow powerful items before People Can Fly cracked it down. The developer said that if you did this in the demo, you would be fine because “we had not yet made it clear not to do so”. Anyone who does so in the future, however, will suffer the dreaded mark.
As you’d expect, farming is not considered cheating (the Outriders demo has had a pretty fascinating back-and-forth with farming since it came out).
“We reserve the right to update and change this policy in the future,” said People Can Fly.
Consider yourself warned.