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Bungie is continuing to take the battle to cheaters, but its latest offensive could also impact players.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

August 25, 2021

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Bungie is adding BattlEye anti-cheat software to Destiny 2 in a bid to curb cheating, but has warned the integration of the service could affect performance on PC.

In a Destiny 2 Security Update posted yesterday, Bungie explained BattlEye will run alongside the game and should allow the studio to detect more active cheats.

It also noted that BattlEye will "require some additional system resources to keep watch," and warned that players may start to see some reduction in frames and performance after Update 3.3.0 goes live.

"The new service will also increase the initial startup of the game. BattlEye’s driver only runs while Destiny runs. It doesn’t stick around outside of that," added Bungie, while also pointing out that some software is incompatible with BattlEye and could prevent players from booting up Destiny.

Bungie described the addition of BattlEye as a "one two punch" in its efforts to combat cheaters, referencing the fact that it has been taking legal against against a number of cheat makers. In August alone, the company filed a lawsuit against cheat software developer Ring-1 and sued another group of Destiny 2 hackers.

Talking more about its ongoing efforts to level the playing field, Bungie emphasised the addition of BattlEye isn't a "silver bullet fix" for cheating in Destiny, but rather "another step in our strategy to combat cheers and improve our detection and banning methods."

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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