For Grand Theft Auto series PC players, Rockstar’s attempts to keep cheaters under control in Grand Theft Auto Online has received a mixed response. While offering a level playing field free of cheaters is one of the most difficult tasks for every online game, stopping cheaters has come with the downside of squashing PC mods.
While the community may have mixed feelings about it, Rockstar remains as vigilant as ever in its efforts to stop cheaters. In a recent news announcement, they’ve informed players that they’ve instituted new steps to catch and punish even more cheaters than before.
Rockstar’s official notice reports that they’ve implemented new tactics to detect, track, and ban players who are using cheats, mods, or have otherwise tampered with the game’s code to give them an edge in Grand Theft Auto Online. While they didn’t go into any specifics on this new system, they also remind players that using any of these modifications puts their accounts at risk:
“…Any attempt to tamper with the behavior of GTA Online… in any way while it is executing will result in disciplinary action including but not limited to time in the cheater pool, bans and potential suspension of your account.”
Unfortunately, Rockstar doesn’t limit their punishments to players who use cheats to give themselves an advantage. Other cheats, like making it snow in GTA Online, or giving players access to ridiculous melee moves, are equally susceptible to punishment. While this may seem unfair to players who have enjoyed the ridiculous mods for the Grand Theft Auto series that have been created for the PC editions over the years, Rockstar’s no-tolerance policy should help to make online gameplay fairer for everyone.
While there might be other ways that Rockstar could combat cheaters, this just goes to show that cheaters who give themselves unfair advantages over others ruin games for regular players and harmless modders alike. Grand Theft Auto Online is still a lot of fun, but it’s a shame that players can no longer enjoy demented mods like playing as animals with their friends.
Are you disappointed to not be able to use mods online, or do you think it’s worth it to have a fair gaming experience? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Rockstar Games