Forget aim-bots and wall-hacks, cheaters have discovered new, equally unscrupulous ways to annoy legitimate competitors in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
As reported by Reddit poster MagicIsBull, with accompanying Deathcam footage as proof, PUBG cheaters now have the ability to speed-revive allies and instantly regenerate health. Ordinarily, it takes around ten seconds to revive a downed ally, and up to eight seconds to use healing items. As such, the ability to instantly do both gives cheaters a considerable advantage, and a whole new way to infuriate and exasperate rule-abiding players.
Cheating is a serious, ongoing concern for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and developer Bluehole has repeatedly insisted that it will do everything it can to quash such behaviour.
Last week, in a Steam blog post, Bluehole revealed it had "recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action" after performing "a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players". As a result of that analysis, the developer managed to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern, and the culprits, it said, would be "permanently banned in a single wave".
Back in December, anti-cheat software maker BattlEye tweeted that it had banned 1,500,000 Battlegrounds' players, and previously reported that it was banning over 6,000 players a day. Meanwhile, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Chinese publisher Tencent, recently announced it had helped local authorities arrest 120 people involved in underground cheat-making rings.
Still, Bluehole and friends face an uphill struggle trying to stay on top of the ever-expanding cheater epidemic. With more than 30 million active players across PC and Xbox One, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is easily one of the biggest games in the world right now, making it a prime target for cheaters and cheat makers.