Cheating is an unfortunate side-effect of any online multiplayer videogame, putting pressure on developers to combat it. Frontier Development’s virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title, Elite: Dangerous, is no exception to this rule. Fortunately, the developer has recently announced that it is providing its customer service team with new tools to stop cheaters, with fresh bans to those cheating on the PC and Mac versions of the title having already been issued within the last few days.
Elite: Dangerous Executive Producer Michael Brookes explained as much in this week’s edition of the title’s newsletter. “In another follow up our customer service team now have some additional tools to help tackle cheating,” Brookes wrote. “This week people have been banned for cheating at community goals and for account trading. One person was also banned for spamming the game servers with a vast number of spurious requests. Thanks for all of your feedback on this issue and please continue to report any incidents that you encounter.”
These tools arrive in time for the launch of the Beta testing phase of the Elite: Dangerous Powerplay update, which is due to add a new factions-based ‘Powers’ system to the title. This will allow players to ally themselves with certain groups and earn new perks and rewards by completing missions and tasks for them.
With a Mac version now released, Frontier Developments is turning its attention to a new version of Elite: Dangerous for the Xbox One, which is due to release later this year. The studio will be bringing the title to this year’s E3 in Los Angeles from 16th – 18th June. The developer has also confirmed that it will be revealing its next videogame at the event.
VRFocus will continue to follow Elite: Dangerous‘ progress closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.