People Can Fly, the game development company behind Outriders, has indicated it won’t tolerate cheating. Gamers who wish to engage with the game must allow specific anti-cheat software and play fair, insists the company.
There’s less than a week before Outriders exists trial and becomes available. The game development company behind Outriders has claimed it is aware of each and every cheater.
What methods does People Can Fly consider cheating in Outriders?
Outriders’ developer People Can Fly posted a rather detailed blog on Steam a week before the game releases. The blog offers a lot of information about pre-loading, post-launch support, changes made to the game since the demo, etc.
However, one of the most important sections is dedicated to cheating, cheaters, and the consequences of not playing fairly. The section clearly indicates People Can Fly feels very strongly about gamers who use illegal methods to gain an unfair advantage in games.
This is what counts as cheating in Outriders https://t.co/NZobrp1AEo
— Hypertext (@htxtafrica) March 26, 2021
The developers claim they are completely aware of any instance of cheating. Speaking about their awareness, the blog notes developers consider the following aspects as cheating:
- Intentionally running the game on PC without Easy Anti Cheat (EAC)
- Modifying game files to enhance a character: levels, skills, inventory, etc.
- Externally modifying game time to reduce time-dependent features such as vendors and challenges
- Using a trainer program or similar to gain advantages within the game
- Using gameplay altering programs such as aimbots or wallhacks.
Outriders has decided that it will permanently "brand" cheaters with a permanent watermark on the screens of those caught cheating or exploiting. pic.twitter.com/eucDGxr1Ku
— Intel News (@IntelNewsGG) March 26, 2021
Interestingly, the game development company claims it knows each and every cheater that is playing the game unfairly.
During the game’s trial, over the past few weeks, People Can Fly developers reportedly observed about 0.01 percent of gamers cheated. The company even offered proof of their vigilance.
How will People Can Fly penalize cheaters?
Before penalizing gamers, who couldn’t resist cheating during the demo, People Can Fly is offering a chance at redemption. However, there are consequences.
Outriders’ developers are allowing gamers to bring over their demo characters and gear. However, if the developers have tagged a gamer for cheating, he or she will have to abandon all of the in-game assets and start from scratch.
This explains all those legendary farm videos promising 10 drops in 10 minutes. Turns out they were using cheating the game. Oh well🤷🏿♂️ #Outriders #OutridersDEMO #OUTRIDERS体験版 https://t.co/Hz8tvrvBPV pic.twitter.com/QWB2YQ6L1U
— DADEFUYE (@daadefuyemedia) March 26, 2021
If the gamer chooses to start with zero assets and characters, People Can Fly won’t brand them a cheater. However, if the gamer still doesn’t mend his or her ways, there will be penalties.
Besides a clearly visible watermark tagging the gamers as a cheater, People Can Fly will keep such players separate from legit players during matchmaking. The game development company has also indicated that this would result in longer wait times.
Here are the global release times for the Outriders, out April 1 on PS4 / PS5 / Xbox Series X|S / XB1 / Steam / Epic / GeForce Now / Google Stadia pic.twitter.com/E2lAPZRfnb
— Outriders (@Outriders) March 25, 2021
People Can Fly won’t ban gamers, and moreover, players can run solo. However, some streamers may have a problem with a watermark that mentions the account is flagged for cheating.
Outriders launches on April 1, 2021. It is a multi-platform online shooter, available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. The game has co-op and solo gameplay, but there’s no PVP or competitive aspect to the game.