PUBG developers block ReShade despite delay of anti-cheat update

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Cosplayer with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds character helmet seen at Gamescom in Cologne. Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay

It appears that PUBG players may need to endure in-game cheaters for a little longer. PUBG Corp, developer of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has announced that the anti-cheat update for the PC, which was scheduled to roll out today at 1:00 pm AEDT, will be delayed.

A tweet (see below) on the official PUBG Twitter page pertains to an “unexpected issue” while testing the update, which aims to hinder cheaters from using certain programs that enhance the gameplay in an unfair manner. The developers, however, promise to post updates as soon as the patch is good to go.

Earlier, the developers posted an announcement explaining the anti-cheat feature, saying that it will block “different helper programs.”

“What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files,” the post says, adding that other programs that do not intend to cheat will “also be blocked if they behave like cheats.”

While waiting for the patch to roll out, developers have also announced (see below) that anti-cheat protection system BattlEye has already blocked ReShade, an advanced processing third-party tool that enhances graphics. Players are instructed to uninstall the software and relaunch the game. In some cases where files might be damaged, they may need to completely reinstall PUBG.

“ReShade not only behaves like a cheat program but can also be used for cheating, and must therefore be blocked,” the new post reads. “Please be advised that this is a permanent block.”

The developers had also stated that the upcoming patch may unintentionally block other programs such as NVIDIA ShadowPlay and other video/audio capturing software. These issues, however, are expected to be fixed as soon as possible. Players are encouraged to report via this form if “a harmless program is blocked.”

PUBG Corp’s decision for an anti-cheat update comes after endless cases of cheaters hampering the in-game experience of the top-selling battle royale game. In fact, BattlEye had recently tweeted (see below) that it was able to ban more than one million cheating accounts in January alone. That new anti-cheat update definitely couldn’t come any sooner.