PUBG Corp has finally deployed a new anti-cheat patch to its popular game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), as it works on a seemingly endless quest to remove cheaters from the game.
To date, the patch is the developer’s largest and most aggressive counter-measure taken against the hordes of cheaters that have flooded the game. According to the developer’s blogpost, the new anti-cheat feature will “block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way.”
Simply put, the new patch will search the game files to detect any third-party programs, such as the popular cheating software ReShade, which pretends to be the DirectX or OpenGL driver. If the program is detected, the new patch will simply prevent the game from loading.
Now, PUGB Corp has emphasised that players who use ReShade won’t be banned, and that they just won’t be able to play the game until they remove the program. “Please uninstall ReShade (or any other blocked program) and launch the game again. Some players may find that reinstalling PUBG is also necessary.” Essentially, PUBG Corp is attempting to block the cheaters before they could even cheat.
It may sound heavy handed on PUBG Corp’s part, but the game has a difficult history with cheaters. In January alone, the company banned more than one million players for various forms of cheating, including aimhacks, wallhacks, and even recoil reduction.