According to Ubisoft’s community developer for Tom Clancy’s The Division, players that participate in cheating will soon find themselves permanently banned from the game. Yanncik Banchereau claims that cheating is a huge issue on the PC version of the game and has stated that the development team wishes to start weeding out the bad eggs.
Banchereau said that cheating doesn’t seem to be much of a problem on the Xbox One or Playstation 4 builds of the game, but PC players are regularly abusing the system with hacks and other cheats. The developers plan to utilize both manual reports sent in by other players and an automatic flagging system to locate and ban cheaters.
Banchereau did say, however, that the team is currently attempting to create a better system of catching hackers that will be implemented in the future. For now, though, PC players are encouraged to use the in-game reporting system to identify cheaters when they come across them.
Of course, this means that the Ubisoft team will have to manually review cases on an individual basis because, well, many players often abuse the reporting system itself by reporting players simply because they’re angry that they’ve been beaten by them or that they have the best weapons and gear in the game.
Nevertheless, it’s great that Ubisoft is beginning to take notice of these problems and wants to start dishing out harsh punishments to discourage players from cheating in The Division to begin with. This will deter some hackers, but likely won’t make a huge dent in the cheating population simply because it requires a lot of manual labor to sift through community reports, determine if a player was actually cheating, and implement a penalty.
Based on the information provided by the community developer, Ubisoft is not looking to hand out bans to players that take advantage of game exploits (such as the ones that give players nearly limitless amounts of Phoenix Credits or other items), but rather those that actually hack the game’s code to alter their characters to their advantage.