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Ubisoft released an update about the status of cheaters and exploits on April 29! It may be time to start coming out of our caves to go back into the Dark Zone without having to worry about dying in an instant from cheaters.

Cheaters – Hackers

They have in place a new system to catch cheaters in the game (namely the Dark Zone), which will punish them very quickly. “We have already caught more cheaters in the last few days than we had in total during the previous weeks.” Cheaters will be getting a 14 day suspension on their first offense (instead of the previous 3 days), while second time offenders will get a permanent ban! Hoorah!

Cheating players have been an issue for a number of you in the Dark Zone, and we’ve heard this feedback loud and clear.

Bans on current cheaters are already underway according to Hamish, the community developer at Massive Entertainment. Reports were seen posted by him during a stream and can be seen in one of the top Reddit posts of The Division subreddit. Keep it up Massive!

An over the shoulder look aiming at another player holding their arms up

Cheaters beware – Bans are coming


Exploits have been a large part of the game for most of The Division’s lifespan since its release back on March 8th. Ubisoft has stated that they will do their best to refine their development and testing process to prevent bugs such as the exploits that have been used. While that’s fine and dandy, what about the exploits currently in the game and the people who abuse them?

… Sanctions will be implemented for players who repeatedly abuse exploits and will vary depending on the severity of the abuse.. Possible sanctions include character rollbacks, account suspensions and permanent bans.

Bugs that are found and reported via social media or by other means will be investigated by Ubisoft and Massive to determine whether the bug is an exploit. If it is deemed and exploit, it will be made known across all forms of media for players to know. After this point, players who are found to be repeatedly abusing the newly found exploit could be penalized! If you just so happen to come across the bug or exploit once or maybe twice, you have nothing to worry about.

There has been much debate and concern about Ubisoft punishing players for using in-game exploits, due to it being a part of the game. This seems to be the middle ground to allow players to see if a bug is actually an exploit, then given a warning ahead of time before an actual punishment occurs. Players have to be very aware of social media surrounding The Division in order to be safe. This doesn’t seem to be like the best case solution, but maybe it’ll have some positive effect while Massive fixes said exploits.

What This Means

Come back to the Dark Zone! While there is still a chance to see hackers, the likelihood is much lower. Players are already reporting having full sessions in the Dark Zone without encountering hackers. It is still yet to be seen what will happen to the players who have been cheating all this time and abusing exploits, but stop while they’re ahead. Ubisoft threatened a character rollback, maybe it’s time to put that to use.

Gotta run, cause I’m now entering Dark Zone.

For a full explanation from Ubisoft, the official statement can be found here.


All images taken from Tom Clancy’s The Division are property of Ubisoft.

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