Hacking is down but boosting is still a problem, says producer
Activision has spoken out on its struggle to combat Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 cheaters.
Compared with previous CoD titles, hacking is apparently less prevalent with the latest Modern Warfare: 3. However, developer Infinity Ward says boosting – gaining experience unfairly – still remains a big problem. One solution was to ban those who the company knows are boosting on purpose. However, it is still reluctant to ban these players for a number of reasons.
In a interview with Eurogamer, Activision producer Noah Heller said, “Like all security, especially on the net, it’s a race. We come up with some things; someone comes up with something better. I know the Infinity Ward guys are very explicit about launching the banhammer, and more than a few people have had their stats reset, or even been booted out of multiplayer for a period of time.”
Heller did not want to go into to much detail for fear of helping cheaters learn the different security measures, but he did mention the in-house tools for tackling cheaters have improved saying, “We’ve evolved these automatic tools that detect boosting. For example, if you kill the same guy ten times in a row, and he just lines up to get shot, eventually you’re going to get caught and you’re going to get your stats reset. If you’re in Elite competition at the same time, you might get disqualified and banned from competing in future competitions.”
Are Activision’s anti-cheating tools getting better at locating and handling cheaters? We may be able to see soon in the rumored Black Ops 2. In the meantime, the developers says it is doing everything it can to prevent players from cheating and ruining the experience for others.
“A cheater is a cheater and how to handle a cheater from a customer service and policy standpoint is not that much different from game to game,” said Heller.
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