Ubisoft has shifted its policy towards cheating in The Division and will now issue permanent bans to anyone caught cheating, even if it's a first offense.
Prior to this, the developer only issued 14-day suspensions. But clearly this was not enough as cheating via third-party software is still a major issue.
Last month Ubisoft clamped down on cheating by instigating new measures of detection resulting in action across over 30k accounts with 3800 permanent bans issued.
"Following this campaign of suspensions and bans, it also became clear that while huge progress has been made in terms of cheat detection, our 14 days suspension on first offense policy has not been dissuasive enough," The Division developer wrote on its official blog.
"Judging from your feedback, and based on what we witnessed when cheaters came back to the game, we have now decided to push our policy one step further: we will now start applying permanent bans on first offense when players are caught using cheat engines and we will communicate clearly when new ban waves are taking place."
"We are committed to constantly improve your experience in the game, and this begins with ensuring a positive and fair environment free of noxious players willingly violating the rules. We will take all steps necessary to track down cheaters and make sure they cannot spoil your enjoyment of the game."
This new policy should come as little surprise as Ubisoft instigated a similar policy just yesterday in regards to its other recent Tom Clancy property, Rainbow Six: Siege.