With depressing predictability, a free-to-play competitive game comes out and complaints of rampant cheating roll in. In the case of Halo Infinite, which opened its multiplayer beta on November 15, some of those complaints come from players on console asking for the option to disable crossplay to avoid the larger number of cheaters on PC. "Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented" writes @jcb_response, posting two videos of a player using a wallhack and an aimbot.
"Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented," the player implored, tagging in 343 Industries developers to see video evidence of a cheater they'd encountered.
As the game is free-to-play and clearly tagged as "beta" for now, it is entirely possible that 343i has yet to fully implement its suite of anti-cheat systems. That's small comfort for players trying to enjoy the shooter right now, of course.
“This is really important and I think not getting this option now is gonna spiral pretty hard into us players, on console, having to deal with infestation of cheaters currently on PC.”Halo Infinite is currently in an early access style period and has no dedicated anti-cheat software. The game’s multiplayer component is also free-to-play, making it easier for players to create accounts if they get banned for cheating.
Some players have attempted to ameliorate the situation by enabling strict controller matchmaking in ranked solo or duos; however, this does not stop cheaters from ruining their game.Of course, there are several other ways in which players can cheat in Halo Infinite. For example, they could use controller mods and plugins or purchase hacks like aimbots or wallhacks from third-party cheat providers.
While it's possible to install cheats on a console, it's significantly harder than it is on PC, where hacks like these proliferate. The Anti-Cheat Police Department Twitter account went looking for Halo Infinite cheat-sellers, and found "about 12" already offering them. "For just $8, you can ruin everyone's day." Once again, on behalf of PC gaming, sorry about all those cheaters in your console games.