Although Destiny is different from the typical MMO in many ways, it is similar in that it offers both a PvE and PvP environment for its players. For lots of reasons, the PvE missions and raids are the more popular part of the game, but the PvP offerings are still a major source of entertainment for some players. Unfortunately, a few different ways for players to cheat makes the competitive environment in Destiny more frustrating than it’s worth sometime.
Bungie hasn’t been shy about dropping the banhammer in the past, but some rules are harder to enforce than others. Since the early day’s of the Crucible, Destiny players have been complaining about the unfair advantage that lag can cause during a match. Lots of the time there is nothing a play can do to control his or her lag, but once competitive gamers realized the lag could give them an advantage, some cheaters decided to start manipulating network speed and connection to exploit the game’s weakness.
The community has been aware of the problem for months, but Bungie hasn’t been able to come up with a good solution yet. Later today, the company plans to reveal a new policy that will lead to bans for players who are caught intentionally manipulating the network to gain advantage. The new rules aren’t detailed yet, but here is Bungie’s statement…
Bans for network manipulation are being issued in the Crucible. More details tomorrow in the Weekly Update.— Bungie (@Bungie) July 30, 2015
Obviously, there will have to be some pretty concrete evidence to prove intentional manipulation, so we are interested to see how Bungie defines its procedures. Today’s announcement should also define the length of the suspensions or bans. Getting kicked out of a game for life is a pretty harsh punishment, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Bungie offer a first-offense ban that lasts a few months instead.
Although this might be a hard cheat to define and catch players in the act of, if Bungie is able to solve the issue it could be a big incentive to get more players exploring the PvP side of the game, which Bungie has been attempting to improve. Hopefully the new rules are in place by the time the The Taken King hits shelves.
Are you excited to hear the details of the upcoming bans? Will you be more inclined to participate in the Crucible once the new rules are in place? Let us know in the comments.
Destiny: The Taken King releases September 15, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.