The soap opera surrounding Destiny 2‘s bans on PC has hit a new wall. This time, Bungie has revealed it will not allow cheating software of any kind, even if it’s not being used to exploit Destiny 2.
In a series of posts on Bungie’s support forum and the Destiny 2 Reddit, community manager Chris “Cozmo” Shannon responded to a recent complaint from a banned player of the PC version. PogoPoro wrote a lengthy and frustrated post on the support forum to explain they were never using any cheating software in the game, and while they were still banned, they were never given a reason why. Cozmo replied shortly after to explain that having cheat tools for other games running in the background is still considered a bannable offense. “We do not ban players for simply having cheat tools installed, but do ban for running them while playing Destiny 2,” he said.
In a further explanation from Cozmo, it seems Bungie’s moderators will slap a ban on any player that might cheat in other games. “We do not differentiate between cheat tools for Destiny 2 and cheat tools for other games because it would be easy to avoid a ban by making a Destiny 2 cheat tool that pretends to be a cheat tool for another game.”
Of course, the new transparency from the developer has raised more questions from the community, such as how far Bungie is allowed to investigate a user’s computer activities. There hasn’t been a formal response to this latest frustration and fear from players, but Cozmo’s suggestion to avoid bans is never to run a cheat tool while playing Destiny 2. “Make sure you turn all cheat tools off before running Destiny 2 and you won’t have to worry about bans,” he said. “No one is being banned for third-party applications that try to inject overlays like Discord, XSplit, OBS, RTSS, Shadowplay, etc.”
Overall, the level of security Bungie is attempting to enforce in the game is questionable, as many Guardians have had to deal with accidental bans on the developer’s behalf. Also, they are beginning to step into a realm of privacy that many players are not comfortable with, including having the ability to detect software that doesn’t affect the game. Hopefully, Bungie will create a formal and transparent set of guidelines for bannable offenses, instead of avoiding responsibility for pushing players out. Otherwise, they could risk alienating the PC community that just joined the game on Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant