Destiny 2 players who have been buying third-party hardware to essentially “cheat” their way through the ranks in the game are going to be banned soon according to Bungie. The developer says it is fighting back against gamers using third-party hardware to give them an advantage.
In a blog post, Bungie says that it is now monitoring, warning and even banning Destiny 2 players who use controller-spoofing XIM hardware or similar devices to cheat in the game.
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Bungie has had a rough time in the past dealing with cheaters. However, the developer’s focus has mainly been on software modifications. However, the developer now says it is drawing a clear line on what won’t be allowed. This includes hardware modifications as well as software cheats.
In recent weeks, both Overwatch and Call of Duty players were hit with the heavy ban hammer for using third-party hardware such as XIM and Cronus so this news doesn’t come as a surprise. It seems that due to the strict monitoring of software cheats have become almost impossible to bypass, more users are choosing to go the hardware route.
Without mentioning any brands, Bungie notes that “external aides” are an issue in the Destiny 2 community. The developer says that gamers are becoming increasingly frustrated with these modifications.
So what are these devices? Well, Bungie hasn’t mentioned any names but they include brands such as XIM, Cronus Zen and ReaSnow S1. They are third-party mouse and keyboard units which emulate a controller input. So while gamers will be using a mouse and keyboard to play Destiny 2, the game detects this as a controller and matchmakes them with console users.
In addition, the controller detection also enables aim assists, movement buffs and other benefits controller users have when using a device in Destiny 2. So it is the best of both worlds.
Bungie embraces the use of external accessibility aids that enable an experience the game designers intended but will take action, including bans, on people who abuse these tools specifically to gain an advantage over other players.
Bungie didn’t reveal any specific details as to how the company will detect these users. However, the company says that there are some third-party devices which are necessary for some gamers. These include accessibility aide hardware. These third-party emulators won’t be tolerated.