PUBG developer PUBG Corp. planned to release a PC update focused on new anti-cheat measures today, February 5, but that update has now been delayed. The studio said it discovered an “unexpected issue” during compatibility testing, and has thus made the decision to push the release to sometime later.
As announced earlier, this update is expected to add a new anti-cheat feature that will “block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way.” One popular piece of software that will be blocked with this update is ReShade. You won’t face a band if ReShade is detected on your system, but if you won’t be able to play PUBG so long as it’s installed. You have to uninstall ReShade, along with any other prohibited program, before getting back rights to play PUBG.
PC players, the patch for the anti-cheat update has been delayed, as an unexpected issue has occurred while testing its compatibility. We will soon update you when it will be released. Thank you for your understanding.
— PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBATTLEGROUNDS) February 6, 2018
In its earlier blog post, PUBG Corp. also said some players may need to reinstall PUBG to get back online. Additionally, some software like Nvidia ShadowPlay and video/audio capture programs might be blocked, temporarily, as PUBG Corp. works out some teething issues with its new anti-cheat measures.
“We will be dealing with these cases as soon as possible. If a harmless program is blocked, please report it in this form. Thank you for your support and understanding,” PUBG Corp. said.
According to anti-cheat software provider BattlEye, it banned more than 1 million PUBG players for cheating in January alone, as instances of cheating continue to grow. Incredibly and unfortunately, this adds on to the 1.5 million that BattlEye banned already.
We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone, unfortunately things continue to escalate.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) February 4, 2018
PUBG is one of the biggest games on the planet. It had more than 2.8 million peak concurrent players today on Steam. Cheating in PUBG and basically every game is a problem that may never be fixed (where there is a will, there is a way) but it’s good to see games like PUBG taking enforcement seriously.
With its significantly larger player base, PUBG’s PC edition is understandably the focus of PUBG Corp.’s efforts on the anti-cheat front. Here’s to hoping that PUBG Corp. and Microsoft also take steps to stamp out cheating for the Xbox One edition.