During the Outriders demo period, only 200 cheaters were identified, by the game’s developer People Can Fly, out of 2 million total participants. This number is relatively small, but the devs are not taking this lightly–this includes any future players. As reported by PC Gamer, the studio announced cheaters will receive a permanent on-screen “brand” for even one infraction.
The punishment is described as a “discreet but visible” watermark that will be overlayed on the cheater’s screens, permanently marking them. The watermark idea is more geared towards YouTubers and streamers who might feel the temptation to hack for those click-worthy, high-loot level videos. This happened in one instance during the demo when a player was called out by the dev team after they “gave themself 600 Legendary Weapons.”
Alongside being branded, cheaters won’t be able to matchmake with everyone else, similar to Fall Guys’ approach of sending cheaters to their own “Cheater Island.” These rules only apply to players who are actively trying to get round Outrider anti-cheat software or using third-party tools to tamper. Cheating in Outriders is defined as:
- 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
Those who already cheated in the demo version will automatically receive the watermark going into the full release. However, People Can Fly is offering a short amnesty to those who want a fresh start. “If you cheated during the demo ‘just to try it out’ but wish to go into the main game unbranded, you must DELETE ALL CHARACTERS AND ITEMS ON YOUR ENTIRE ACCOUNT in order to wipe the slate clean,” the developer stated.