At the beginning of March, For Honor's publisher and developer Ubisoft put forth warnings to the hack-and-slash game's community that it would not tolerate AFK farming, which has now led to the issuing of the first wave of bans to thousands of players that the company has declared are guilty of the practice. According to Ubisoft, around 1500 players have received a three-day ban for AFK farming, with the studio detecting roughly 4000 new AFK farmers that are set to receive a warning soon enough.
Ubisoft said that after the warnings, players who are responsible for the practice of AFK farming will receive an official email detailing the reason for the ban, and how long it’s going to last. According to the company, using a cheat engine to AFK farm is against its Code of Conduct, and should these players persist, they could ultimately face a permanent ban from For Honor altogether.
For the uninitiated, AFK farming is a tactic that involves a user tricking games like For Honor into believing they're actively engaged in combat so as to get rewards without having to actually be present to play the title. This can be done in a multitude of ways, such as by tying rubber bands around a controller's analog sticks, or even through third-party applications that allow the cheating to occur.
While this first wave of AFK farming bans from Ubisoft will likely be heralded by the majority of For Honor's community as a positive thing, there may be some who are of the opposing opinion – particularly those who could have been inadvertently banned for not actually following through with the practice. After all, there have already been some players who complained about being incorrectly barred from the hack-and-slash game due to potential flaws in the anti-cheat system used by Ubisoft, so there could be a chance that innocent users are being swept up in this dragnet approach, too.
Nevertheless, with AFK farming being a prevalent problem in For Honor, it's good to see Ubisoft stepping up to address the issue. Of course, it's also important for the company to be aware of the problems on its own end as well, with many players still complaining about the game's server issues. Should the company eventually manage to tackle both AFK farming and connectivity problems in For Honor, then it's quite possible that the fans who turned their backs on the title could return to goose the dwindling Steam playerbase numbers.
For Honor is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.