Bungie Talks Anti-Cheating in Destiny 2 on PC

Cheating has always been one of the biggest issues in online games. While singleplayer games get a lot more fun with cheats (examples include the infamous tucktucktuck cheat code in Age of Empires II and the famed cheat codes from Grand Theft Auto), a different story applies to multiplayer games.

Destiny 2’s PC Version Needs Security

Destiny 2, being a shared world shooter with strong emphasis on PVP, will definitely be a target for unethical cheaters looking to delve into the game’s code to exploit weaknesses. This concern has been raised by the Destiny 2 PC community many a time. Bungie has finally addressed the issue in their newest TWAB.

How Does Cheating Usually Work?

For the most part, cheaters work by using third-party applications (commonly called “cheat engines”) to add code to the game to modify gameplay in their favor. In a game like Destiny, the results can be disastrous, especially in competitive Crucible matches like the new Trials of the Nine.

Trials of the Nine Destiny 2
Xur, Agent of the Nine

According to this article, Bungie says:

Some applications that people use when they play games try to add code to the game client. In the right hands, this can enable some nice features to enhance your experience as a player. In the wrong hands, this can be destructive to the world we share in the game. To help ensure that every player will have a fair shot at fun and glory in Destiny 2 on the PC, we’ll resist attempts from applications to add code to Destiny. Our game needs to be the foremost authority on your fate as a Guardian.

In other words, in an effort to stop cheating for personal gain, Bungie will be blocking all attempts by third-party applications to change the code of the game. This includes modding, cheats, and more.

How Does That Affect Everyone Else?

The anti-cheating changes go live with the Destiny 2 PC beta on August 28 for testing. According to Bungie, this could result in some quality of life changes for PC gamers, especially members of the streaming community.

Supported Video Capture Applications

  • In fullscreen mode, capturing video using Elgato, AVerMedia, NVIDIA Shadowplay and AMD ReLive, as well as a dedicated PC for streaming.
  • In windowed mode only, Screen Capture and Window Capture modes on OBS, Dxtory, Razer Cortex, Fraps and XSplit.
    • Note: All the apps above will only support video capture in windowed mode. The Game Capture mode will not work to capture video.

“Talk to Me, Guardians!”

Many PC players use applications like Discord and Mumble to improve voice comms in-game. While these apps are compatible with Destiny 2 on PC, their overlay features aren’t. You won’t be able to see live updates of who’s talking while you’re in the game.

Additionally, if you like seeing your fps within the game, think again. Fraps, MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision XOC and other applications that provide overlays with details about your fps won’t be compatible either.

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This is Just the Beginning

According to Bungie, this is only the beginning. The applications listed above will be restricted, but there may be other issues you encounter. The PC beta is the best place to find out what works and what doesn’t.

As a Beta tester on PC, if you see a bug or a performance issue caused by a third-party application, take a screenshot. Report the issue to the #Help forum.

Keep pushing, Guardians.

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