Jonjonz wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:34:
100% Bluster and PR Hot Air
Reads just like the PR sent out by lots of old games like Anarchy Online and Perfect World International after huge outbreaks of cheating and/or unpatched exploits became common knowledge.
They are trying to assuage their non-cheating player base into sticking around, even though in reality little if anything will be done about the cheating. Usually this is because:
* the cheaters include most of the games most profitable whales
* the cheating is so widespread, banning a third to half the player base would cripple the game
* the publisher has already stripped the developer and maintenance crew to the bare minimum and has no intention adding resources needed to fix the issue with patches.
If they would put only half as much effort into anti-cheat measures as they do on anti-piracy measures, we would have it much less frustrating in online games.
But yeah, on games like this, they wont ban whales. Because whales arent as numerous as people think. They will only ban them if it becomes public and very obvious. Ive reported numerous of cheaters in many different games, even with incriminating footage, and they were rarely banned, because often they were good money machines for them, because either they would have bought every single DLC and skin or would be a streamer.
I remember someone blatantly exploiting game bugs, destroying the whole fun for everyone in games with him (played against him several times), and the devs clearly stated in their ToS that they would ban people who exploit bugs for their own advantage, yet he never got banned because he was a streamer and had put close to a thousand dollars into that game already.
Not even hard video evidence helped.
But they did ban another, much more popular streamer once, only after it got a lot of public attention, when he showed an exploit to his audience.
I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.