Cheating has been a big problem in a lot of online games over the last few years, and if it goes too long unchecked, it can really hurt a game's longevity. 343 Industries seems keenly aware of that fact, as the Halo Infinite developer has revealed plans for an anti-cheat patch next month. Information on the patch was revealed in a post to the Halo Waypoint forums, in which 343 Industries thanked fans for their patience regarding the game's issues. Unfortunately, little in the way of concrete news was revealed beyond the anti-cheat release window, and exactly how intricate it might be.
"We know there are a number of other topics you're eager to hear about – including some issues with instances of cheating. The team has been working on a patch for mid-Feb that looks to address this and other things, and we'll have more details to come as we get closer to release. We are actively triaging and still working to get as much as we can into this Feb update while still ensuring no negative impacts or regressions to other parts of the game," the post reads.
For the most part, reception to the post seems fairly positive. Many fans thanked the studio for openly discussing the game's state, and there seems to be a lot of optimism about Halo Infinite's future. There are some concerns about the timeframe, however. User Hot_Juicy_Pie hoped that the anti-cheat might release sooner, calling it "a big ask" for players to deal with cheaters for another month.
News of Halo Infinite's anti-cheat comes as Call of Duty: Warzone players have grown increasingly frustrated with the game's long-hyped Ricochet anti-cheat. The software doesn't seem to have delivered on Raven Software's promises, as cheating remains a big problem in the game. Hopefully, 343 Industries can avoid those same problems and release a much more effective anti-cheat for Halo Infinite, no matter how long it takes.
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