- “Battlefield 2042” may be infested with cheaters even before its official launch
- Cheat makers got their hands on stolen Frostbite engine source code last month
- Players will have ways to control the servers themselves when the game is launched
It’s no secret that nearly every “Battlefield” game in the past has suffered from the presence of hackers populating the official DICE servers. This could also be the case with the upcoming ‘Battlefield 2042’, as the stolen source code for the Frostbite engine could have been in the hands of cheaters all over the world.
In June, hackers attempted to ransom the stolen source code, which EA refused to pay for. A few weeks later, cheat codes for “Battlefield 2042” were already on sale on various cheat websites. This could lead to a catastrophic launch of the game as the series is known for its lackluster anti-cheat measures.
A similar cheating problem currently plagues “Battlefield” ‘s biggest contender: “Call Of Duty”. “Warzone” and the current main game “Black Ops Cold War” have both suffered from hackers that ruin the gaming experience for ordinary gamers.
To this day, hackers are still present on the official servers of “Battlefield 1” and “Battlefield V”. Custom servers managed by community members sometimes contain cheaters, but they usually pose little to no threat when a server administrator is online, as they can kick or ban cheaters at will.
“Battlefield 2042” will have a similar anti-cheat measure, as reported by YouTuber CapGaming Level. According to him, the Portal mode of “2042” will allow server owners to moderate their servers, kick or permanently prohibit the return of suspected cheaters.
These prohibitions will apply to all portal servers created by the same owner. If a suspected hacker is banned from a server, they will not be able to access another server owned by the same moderator.
This type of policing method largely eliminates the need for strict anti-cheat software like EAC or Riot Vanguard, ultimately reducing costs for developers while giving players more agency over who can play the game and not. . However, this system can also lead to unfair bans, as highly skilled players tend to achieve in-game scores similar to cheaters without actually using illegal software.
However, this could mean that the official servers of “Battlefield 2042” could be infested with cheaters, just like in older titles in the series. The developers have yet to comment on how they plan to fix this issue.