Rockstar is officially dropping the bomb on cheaters, hacks and in the company's own words, "miscreants." Rockstar recently announced in its blog that anyone caught misbehaving while playing Max Payne 3's online multiplayer version, will be banished to play in a "cheaters pool."
The idea is that if you are playing with other cheats, you'll cancel out each others' deviant behavior and the incentive to misbehave will be lost. Plus, if you are caught gaming the system so to speak, you'll have your leaderboard scores wiped.
The company says it is well aware of players using hacked saves or modified games to boost their scores, and ruining gameplay for all us regular Joes and Janes out there. So be warned all you rotten eggs out there that Rockstar is encouraging the community to seek justice.
Other players should report anyone using "invincibility hacks, infinite adrenaline, score cheating or doing anything suspicious to send an email to the aptly named address of firstname.lastname@example.org. It's not an invitation to go vigilante though — you will have to back up your claim if possible with a screenshot or video of the violation, as well as include your platform and the gamer's Gametag or ID.
Keep in mind that this system is for genuine cheaters — this isn't meant to be a complaint line for every behavior that others don't like. Sucking at the game or camping isn't a punishable offence, for instance.
Rockstar will be operating on a two-strikes-and-you're-out policy. If you serve your time in the cheater's corner and clean up your act, you may get a second chance to play with others. If you are a repeat offender you will result in indefinite banishment.
So, like other game developers have before them, Rockstar is drawing the line in the sand to keep cheaters on the right side of the law. Here's hoping we don't see a prison overpopulation problem over on Max Payne 3 in the future.
Let's play nice in one sandbox people!