Helldivers 2 Developer Explains Use of Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat on PC Version

Helldivers 2 Developer Explains Use of Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat on PC Version

In mild of participant criticism from its use of the infamous GameGuard anti-cheat in Helldivers 2, developer Arrowhead Sport Studios has launched a press release explaining its use of the anti-cheat system, and particularly why the studio went with the kernel-level GameGuard anti-cheat system.

The developer kicks issues off by explaining that, whereas GameGuard is a kernel-level anti-cheat software program that would even be categorized as a rootkit, it’s one of many simpler ways in which the studio can fight dishonest. The studio additionally emphasises that GameGuard is not going to keep put in on a participant’s PC if the sport has been uninstalled, and that the anti-cheat doesn’t gather delicate details about gamers, following international legal guidelines for person privateness like Europe’s GDPR.

Responding to questions on why Helldivers 2 even wants an anti-cheat system, contemplating the sport is a purely co-op sport with no aggressive facets to it, technical director Peter Lindgren talks about wanting to forestall cheaters from negatively affecting non-cheating gamers by, for instance, ruining the development curve of Helldivers 2 by elevating a mission’s rewards for all gamers.

“Once we launched Helldivers 1 on PC there was successfully no anti-cheat applied,” says Lindgren as a part of an anecdote about dishonest within the authentic Helldivers. “Moreover Helldivers 1 makes use of a peer-to-peer networking mannequin, and which means, from a safety perspective, every sport consumer will blindly belief one another. Shortly after launch we observed there was a cheat going round which granted 9999 analysis samples.”

“Sadly any non-cheaters in the identical mission would even be granted 9999 analysis samples. These non-cheating gamers now had their total development ruined via no fault of their very own.”

In an FAQ additional into the assertion, the studio additionally confirms that, whereas it’s utilizing GameGuard to guard the monetisation buildings in Helldivers 2, the studio’s major motivation of the studio’s selection of anti-cheat was to guard the social facet of the Galactic Warfare meta story.

Helldivers 2 is on the market on PC and PS5. The sport has been fairly profitable, particularly on PC the place it turned Sony’s greatest Steam launch but.

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