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Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently in beta testing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. But its PC version is getting hammered by people exploiting the game’s netcode, according to reports on Reddit and videos on YouTube. It means that players are competing on unequal terms in The Dark Zone, The Division’s player-versus-player combat area.
The fact that some players are unfairly giving themselves infinite ammo, super-speed, and invisibility is a big deal for one of the year’s largest new releases. While this is a beta test, The Division is only five weeks away from hitting stores, and players want to know that developer and publisher Ubisoft is doing something to address these cheating problems. Failure to do so could impact PC sales of a flagship release.
One Redditor claims that the cheating problem is because The Division’s stats are stored on the client side (your own PC) and that the game’s servers just accept any changes to them without checking.
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Ubisoft community manager Natchai Stappers initially responded to concerns about cheating on The Division’s official forum by saying, “The things discussed here are not in fact hacks or cheats, but merely abuse of glitches that exist in the game currently. These glitches are currently being worked on by the team.”
He’s since followed up to say that Ubisoft is investigating these reported issues further. “Guys, just [so] you’re aware, we’ve taken the feedback regarding possible cheats/hacks to heart and will be thoroughly investigating,” he said.
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