Ubisoft Drops Ban Hammer Smackdown On Fun-Sapping ‘The Division’ Cheaters

Online multiplayer through a broadband connection is one of the greatest luxuries of modern gaming, or at least it should be. Unfortunately cheaters threaten to ruin the experience for the population at large in any given title, and that's precisely what's been happening in Tom Clancy's The Division. Thankfully Ubisoft continues to make progress in catching and punishing cheaters.

"Cheating players have been an issue for a number of you in the Dark Zone, and we’ve heard this feedback loud and clear. We are strengthening our efforts to address this problem," Ubisoft stated in a blog post.

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In addition to Ubisoft's prior efforts, the game publisher just recently implemented new cheat detection methods that allows it to sniff out players using cheat engines. It's been a successful effort, with Ubisoft claiming to have to caught more cheaters in the last few days than it had altogether during previous weeks.

As a result of Ubisoft's new detection schemes, The Division will see the biggest wave of player suspensions and bans over the next few days than it has since the title launched nearly two months ago. Ubisoft's also planning to hand out harsher penalties than before—instead of sticking with a 3-day timeout for first time offenders, cheaters will now face a 14-day suspension. If they get caught a second time, the ban becomes permanent.

We anticipate these two changes will noticeably improve your experience. New upgrades on cheat detection are underway," Ubisoft added.

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While the terms are cut and dry for players caught using cheat engines, cracking down on users taking advantage of game exploits is a little trickier. To that end, Ubisoft will first and foremost give players "clearer and more concrete visibility" to discovered exploits.

"All known exploits will be clearly listed in a public forum thread and across our various communication platforms. We want all players to be informed. This will ensure that those caught after an exploit was confirmed are aware of the consequences and actions that can be taken against them," Ubisoft said.

Players who repeatedly take advantage of exploits will face certain sanctions. These will vary based on the severity of the abuse and history of the player. Lesser offenses could see character rollbacks, while persistent abusers could face a suspension or even a ban.