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Outriders Will Permanently Brand Cheaters

Outriders cheaters will get a permanent watermark on their HUDs, branding them as cheaters for life.
Outriders cheaters will get a permanent watermark on their HUDs, branding them as cheaters for life. / Photo courtesy of People Can Fly/Square Enix

Outriders has a particularly punitive plan for dealing with cheaters when it launches April 1. Development studio People Can Fly says it will brand the HUDs of any players caught cheating, forcing them to bear a mark of shame forever in the form of a permanent watermark.

That's one of several policies the studio announced Thursday. Cheaters will be able to keep playing solo, but they won't be able to matchmake with legit players, and their matchmaking queues will take significantly longer.

Players who cheated during the game's demo will face all these penalties unless they delete all the characters and items in their entire account. Although, for what it's worth, People Can Fly says only 200 of the 2 million players who tried the demo cheated — roughly 0.01%.

"We can see you all," the studio wrote in a Steam blog announcement. "Yes, even the person who gave themself 600 Legendary Weapons."

People Can Fly will check players for cheating "at regular intervals," though it hopes the share of cheaters won't expand much once the game launches.