Facepunch Studios deployed a new anti-cheating system for its open-world survival game Rust over the weekend that led to 4,621 players being banned.
“If you get kicked from the official servers with the message that you’ve been banned, then you have been caught,” creator Garry Newman explained on the game’s official website. “You’re a naughty boy. You know what you have done. You won’t get unbanned.
“We know it was your 9-year-old cousin. We know your computer got hijacked. We know that the CIA is getting you banned from all your games on Steam so you will join them in the hunt for aliens. We’re aiming to get a site set up for people that have been banned so they can go and see proof that they’ve been caught.”
Newman added that he is aware of CheatPunch only being “a stop gap solution.” He fully expects cheaters to find a way around it. “It’s going to get rid of a bunch of cheaters, but it’s not hard to get around (by design). We fully expect cheats to be touted as ‘CheatPunch proof’ quite soon. That’s cool. We’re never going to be finished fighting.”
An alpha version of Rust is currently available for $19.99 through Steam’s Early Access program.