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Outriders players caught cheating will be branded with the watermark of shame

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Outriders looks like a grand ol’ time to be had, in a future where humanity has immigrated to a harsh alien planet and begun LARPing about as hobo Destiny 2 Guardians. The challenge looks solid, the game is thankfully broken in all the right ways according to the demo, and you can even have a few friends over for an adventure in the new frontier.

Developer People Can Fly wants you to have fun, but it also wants you to earn that fun. If you’re thinking about loading up some cheats in Outriders, you might want to think twice lest you find your game branded as the no-good shortcut-takin’ varmint that it is. I crap thee, PCF will be applying a “discreet but visible” watermark to anyone caught cheating in Outriders and they’ll impose some matchmaking penalties for good measure.

“Since demo launch this has been a hotly debated topic, so we wanted to provide some perspective on it as well as outline our policy regarding cheating and hacking going forward,” PCF wrote in a new post, detailing what exactly counts for cheating in Outriders:

We can see you all. Yes, even the person who gave themself 600 Legendary Weapons.

  • 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

Fair enough, but you might be wondering, is that not a tad bit heavy-handed for a game that features no PVP elements? Why should I not be allowed to essentially mod the game I bought to have a more fun time in an admittedly more shallow part of the pool? To be fair, these changes largely impact on players who join a squad and proceed to godmode their way through enemies, taking enjoyment from other players, hence PCF’s cracking of the whip here.

What might be fun for you, is done to the detriment of other players. As for those players who ramped up the cheating during the recent demo so that they could move to the full game with a stacked inventory, PCF is offering them a brief window of amnesty:

If you cheated during the demo ‘just to try it out’ but wish to go into the main game unbranded, you must DELETE ALL CHARACTERS AND ITEMS ON YOUR ENTIRE ACCOUNT in order to wipe the slate clean.

And thus the law has been laid down. Outriders and its hot digital branding iron will be out on April 1, and if you’re keen to start a pre-load then check this post out for exact times.

Last Updated: March 26, 2021

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