Developer People Can Fly shall be clamping down hard on cheaters in Outriders when it launches next week, but not by immediately banning them. Those identified as having cheated will have a "discreet but visible watermark" placed on their HUD at all times, meaning any gameplay they share online can immediately be identified as illegitimate. They will still be able to play the game, but the studio is also preventing them from matchmaking with players who do follow the rules. Cheaters will only be able to team up with other cheaters online, which means the matchmaking process will take a lot longer. People Can Fly will check all accounts on launch day and then at regular intervals after release.

Of the two million players who sampled the Outriders demo, 200 were identified as cheaters. "We can see you all. Yes, even the person who gave themself 600 Legendary Weapons", the developer posted on Reddit. People Can Fly then goes on to outline what it considers breaking the rules:

  • 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

Of course, a lot of this only applies to the PC userbase, but it's worth brushing up on what is acceptable and what's not since Outriders uses cross-play. Simply farming for weapons and resources is not considered cheating. "Even though the amount of battering that captain underwent could be considered unethical. RIPThatCaptain." The game will be out on 1st April 2021. Will you be checking the looter shooter out? Don't cheat in the comments below.

[source reddit.com, via eurogamer.net]