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.