If you’ve been thinking about installing any PlanetSide 2 mods, even if they’re of the harmless variety, you may want to reconsider. Sony has confirmed that modding is highly likely to result in a ban, even if the mod in question gives you no advantage whatsoever.
In a post on the PlanetSide 2 forums, Sony Online Entertainment representative “Twist” confirmed that SOE will be taking a hard stance on modding the client’s files so as to avoid any sort of rampant cheating. Due the complicated nature of the mods, that also includes ones that aren’t intended to give a player any sort of advantage.
“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,” Twist said in the post.
“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.”
Before you start looking at modifications that modify DirectX environments — such as the ever-popular SweetFX — as an alternative, Twist advises against using any of those modifications unless SOE gives the all clear.
“There are some applications that modify the windows or directx environment without changing the client,” Twist wrote. “These may also result in suspensions unless we specifically exempt them and declare them ok to use.”
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