The Division on PC is being ruined by dead easy hacking

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The Division hacked on PC

The Division Beta has, surprisingly, sold me on the concept Ubisoft has lined up for next month with so little content. I still think some areas aren’t as great as they could be, but The Dark Zone has me completely sold on a gamified representation of human nature. It’s exciting to dynamically join groups hunting for rogue agents, or find yourself in the shoes of the fleeing traitor.

It’s not so fun when either one of those parties is simply more powerful than the game should allow – which is happening a lot on PC.

According to many, many complaints on Reddit, it seems Division players on PC have found that player stats (such as weapon damage, ammo counts and more) are all saved on the client side of the game. That means there’s a file not so deep in your PC with all this information being stored and edited by the game as you play, which is then sent to the server to reflect on another player’s game when you decide to kill them. It does, however, seem as though the server doesn’t actually check to make sure these numbers haven’t been altered.

That means The Dark Zone on PC currently has quite a few players running around with infinite ammo clips, buffed damage outputs and a ridiculous amount of health, making the entire social experiment an exercise in frustration. With only month to go, many on social platforms are wondering if this could end up being the straw that breaks the game’s release – so much so that Community Developer Hamish Bode had to speak up.

It’s definitely something The Division simply cannot release with, otherwise the Dark Zone play on PC will be completely ruined. And that’s enough to make me want to stay away.

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Last Updated: February 1, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Uberutang

    They did the same thing with RB6 Siege. And then banhammered, added anti cheat after launch. I suspect they do this on purpose to honeytrap the cheaters.

    • CaptainNemo42

      Why would they want to bait the cheaters by having easy exploits only to then ban them? The more people they ban, the less DLC can be sold. Its not something any developer or publisher would want to do.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Cheaters make people stop playing the game. Stop new players from wanting to play the game. Then even less gets sold.

        • Hammersteyn

          Yeah but storing the files client side… The really skilled hackers only gets to work after the games released anyway

        • CaptainNemo42

          Not quite what I meant. Ban the hackers we don’t want them *spits, but now you make it easy for the hackers to hack. So its easier for people who might not have done it, do it, only to get banned and not spend extra potential money on the game’s DLC.

          • Thomas Michelsen

            It doesn’t matter how easy it is. I’ve run a Minecraft community, for the past 3 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that cheaters will always find a way. When caught, they will just be more sneaky next time. They will never, ever, stop trying to cheat. It’s in their nature.

  • Mistake Not…

    So… post apocalyptic Watch Dogs?

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Nope, hacking the game files are waaaay more complex than anything in Wart_Doge….

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Plus this is in NY and they’re already used to The Avengers, the Prototype creatures issues, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the problems from Driver Parallel Lines, the monsters from Alone in the Dark, the monsters from Duke Nukem, the Fantastic Four, Godzilla, the skater’s from THPS and the creatures from The Wolf Among Us. I’m sure another post apocalyptic thing is just ordinary life.

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Let’s not forget about Prophet from Crysis, the most parasitic being to ever live, hey, dude, you seem ok, take my suit and watch me devour your soul!! Then there’s all of the aliens and the diseases that have already passed through, maybe they should come up with a New York Travel package, that includes a bullet proof vest, Hazmat suit, LMG, sniper rifle and antidote to any suspected roaming diseases as a standard Visa application?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Haha!
            Don’t remind of what garbage Crysis became.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Crysis 2 was brilliant and then everything they worked so hard for, the brilliant gameplay the astonishing graphics, every rendered pixel of Crysis 3 was a complete waste… what a disappointment….

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I only enjoyed Crysis 1 and Warhead. Thereafter it just became another corridor shooter set in a broken city. Plus the suit was simplified in 2 and 3, making it epically boring. It looked amazing though, but I only managed about two hours.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I also enjoyed 1, it was brilliant! I bought two simply because of the soundtrack actually, but 3…oigh…. And what was up with their endings, still, to this day…. anyway…

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I think I replayed 1 maybe three times myself. I remember buying it, not knowing what the hell it is…and being so impressed and surprised.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Oh yes, that opening scene… And where you eventually get to your team mates, the distorted view every time something goes wrong… Good memories, I might actually try and play it again…

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            LOVED that opening bit,
            Yea….me too

  • I played relatively free from hackers, there was 1 or 2 cases where I was a bit skeptical about my death but meh. I had my legendary gun by Sunday and was trying to see how long we could stay rogue for 😛

    • Hammersteyn

      But the chance is always there… no thanks.

  • Jonah Cash

    I am not all that interested in the dark zone. I enjoyed running around in the PvE parts and doing missions and encounters… Exploring was quite fun

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      One thing is for certain, they did a stellar job at displaying a broken New York…

      • Did they just lift it from the other 100 movies/games that have also done that?

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          I suppose that if you were to look at it as a copy paste job, yes, but the work pu tinto the engine does pay off, it looks quite good… But then again, Crysis 2…

          Edit and Crysis 3…

        • Hammersteyn

          They took it from a Michael Bay movie and added snow

          • I thought Michael Bay movies were sometimes exciting though? *run

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Only when you can see past the lens flare…

    • Hammersteyn

      The agents are super fit though. Sprinting with a LMG, assault rifle and a pistol for kilometers at a time O_o

      • Ir0nseraph

        Yeah but don’t tell them, before it becomes a DLC.

        • Hammersteyn

          Mountain Dew DLC

  • Hammersteyn
    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Hacking time is a different story altogether. Only Hackerman can do that.

      • Hammersteyn

        I’m sure he can hack in the normal sense and not just time. Else they’d call him Timecop or something

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          True. But why would a man with such a grand moustache waste his time on that? ;P

      • HairyEwok

        Can he hack time and stop the developers before they turned into complete assholes?

  • PC gamers abusing the system? Get out of here!

    • Hammersteyn

      At least they have 4K graphics…. well the top 1% that can afford it

      • Screw 4k. 2160×1200 is the new 4K!

        • HairyEwok

          4k divided by zero…. Get the corn ready hue hue hue hue

      • ElimiNathan

        Don’t the top 1% of PS4 players that can afford 4k have it too ?… Oh no wait they don’t

        • Hammersteyn

          Tis true that a console has yet to transcend the boundaries of 1080p. We manage somehow. Wrapped in a shroud of ignorance

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            It can run 1080p!

            The FPS is another story though 😛

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Console gamer commenting only for the sake of saying something about a pc gamer.
      Never!

      • I know! It’s usually the other way around! #MasterbaterRace

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          We’re more subtly sarcastic about it though.
          And we have facts on our side ;P

          • Yeah, with people hacking the PC version of the game, so do I 😛

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            They haven’t hacked Witcher 3 yet, so I’m happy 😀
            I’m not interested in Meh Division.

          • Nor am I to be honest 😉

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Haha.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Let’s just be grateful that it could speak in complete sentences.

        • omgwDF! UR no nutting1

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            My eyes….

      • Hammersteyn

        Filthy peasant. To the dungeon with him!

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          My dungeon is full of aircons to keep my AMD running though, so I’ll let it slide. #selftrolling

  • And they complain about DRM lol.

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      We are talking about Ubisoft and Uplay here though.
      If Steam’s DRM is the common cold, then Uplay’s DRM is cancer.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Stop encouraging him. This is just his ssdd trolling. Rather give him a pat on the head & a cookie, and laugh politely. 😉

        • That therapy did wonders on you, NOT!

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          How’s that different to what we always do?
          Oh wait. Shhhh

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          I’m all out of cookies, will give him matches and wait

          • And everything in SA is dry! Oh the hours of fun to be had!

          • Hammersteyn

            Savanna needs a new sales pitch, people don’t find it funny anymore

          • It was funny? 0_O

          • Hammersteyn

            The “it’s dry” puns in the pub seems hilarious at the time

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Have you tried using lube?

          • Hammersteyn

            I tried tequila

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Was it effective? Or did you roll a critical failure?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            The bird mocked him. :/

          • Hammersteyn

            Ineffective, as the years go on it seems I need stronger and stronger stuff to make me look pretty through the eyes of another

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Unfortunately that’s what happens when you stop playing Destiny & don’t grind for the new weapons & cosmetics.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            The plot ‘thickens’

          • Hammersteyn
        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          For a moment I thought you meant Solid State Drive, and thought: they don’t understand that kind of tech! ;P

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            That is like a decade away from them…

          • Hammersteyn

            Guess what I’m getting for my PS4 on my birthday (Well, planning to)

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            A memory card?
            Trolololooo
            Solid State Drives are the best.

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Speaking of birthdays…….

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            It’s Admiral’s Birthday everyone.
            He’s very excited to have his first beer.

          • HAHAHA! )

          • Hammersteyn

            Finally, he’s grown enough to get past the “you must be this tall to sit at the pub” sign

          • Fuck you, I haven’t but I carry my ID 🙁

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Hehe
            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            LAWL

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Yes, I haven’t had one this whole new year of my life!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Are you pregnant again?

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Sadly, this pregnancy is now getting out of hand. I need to start doing sit-ups or something, age + beer belly is catching up now

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            😀

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Seriously though, I’m not sure if it is terrible or magnificent

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            If you don’t need to buy bigger shirts, then you’re still okay.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Well, fek

          • Hammersteyn

            Shops used to sell XXL. Not so much anymore 🙁

          • Hammersteyn

            Just deal with it, like I do XD

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Before you know it I’ve given up and starting jamming console!

            [sets sit-up schedule]

            I suppose the XBOX dudes can just pick up the XBOX once a day and you have plenty of exercise!

          • Hammersteyn

            Or use Kinect fitness. Because Murica

          • I heard something too…;)

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I have one every year.

          • Is that when everyone is either busy out of town or suffering from forgetfulness?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You say that like it’s a bad thing.

          • XD

      • Hammersteyn

        So PC games is a sickness?

        • lol

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          I said “IF” damn it!
          😀

          • Hammersteyn

            If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, you’d all be playing Candy Crush on Windows…. oh wait, that actually happened

          • 0_O You went there man… You went there…

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            XD
            Well, playing Candy Crush in any way is bad enough. Worse even if others know.

          • ZING!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            It wouldn’t be my comment if I didn’t line it up perfectly for someone to take advantage.

      • HAHAHAHA

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      DRM refers to systems to stop the illegal distribution of games, not stop cheating 😛

  • oVg
  • Ghost In The Rift

    Simply put someone smart enough will have their scrips and hacks, even GTA Online is still littered with them and they seem to get away with it.

  • Dane

    That rank up mc-jagger in the middle of your screen looks freaking irritating. On another note I am on telkom and do not earn enough gold to be able to download the beta in time for The Division 2.

  • Hvd

    the problem is its all client side.they altered ini files.even with so called anti cheats it will still be hacked like dayz and arma 3 because everything is client side.even when ubisoft puts in its anti cheat just like dayz the will be programs to hack and it will kill the already doa pc version.the game wouldnt last more then 6 months on pc any way.that hacking just makes it go faster.

  • Hvd

    you couldnt see this coming?.there was cheating if the beta because of the client side issue.same thing in dayz its easy to hack and cheat because of the client side.

    i saw this happening months ago.

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