Zero-Tolerance Policy Being Enforced
Thinking about tinkering with the PlanetSide 2 client to say improve performance? Or Perhaps you’re to tweak in-game assets to help you get an edge over your opponents? Well, we strongly suggest you put such ideas to bed, because Sony Online Entertainment have announced there will be a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of modifications to the client, with bans being handed out to anyone who falls foul of the rule.
In a post on the official forums, SOE clarified their stance on the matter, imploring the community to leave the client be.
“It is vital that you not run software which modifies the Planetside 2 client in any way. If you do this, you are indistinguishable from various hacks that work in the same manner. The result of this is that you will be banned from gameplay and lose your characters/items."
"We cannot make exceptions to this. We do understand there are relatively harmless apps that fall in this category, but if we allowed those they would simply be used as a shield excuse by players trying to cheat. This same rule applies to data that Planetside 2 uses for gameplay. Do not modify any of these files or attempt to modify them in memory.”
Anything that modifies the Windows or DirectX environment could also potentially see players banned from PlanetSide 2, the post warns, but changes to .INI files will not be punished (although they do warn that it would create unwanted bugs should tinkering commence.) In a follow-up post that was issued a few hours later, SOE laid to rest any fears that using third party software such as Teamspeak, Mumble, Fraps or Steam would result in a ban, categorically stating that “an overlay to display information to the user not related to Planetside 2 itself is fine.”
In short, just go have some fun in the newly-released Free-to-play shooter and everything will be fine.