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Ultima Online: PunkBuster

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

Ultima Online has announced that they will be one of the first MMORPG to make use of PunkBuster technology to stop cheating in their game. PunkBuster is best known for its association with a large number of AAA shooter titles: 

 





PunkBuster Testing in Progress, Public Beta Testing to Start Soon

Player cheating is a serious problem inside Ultima Online, as it is with all online role-playing games. It hurts the economy, gives players an unfair advantage in PvP, and puts honest players at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for resources, spawns and treasure. It’s no wonder the use of cheat programs is the number one complaint to customer service.

We hope to greatly reduce the use of cheat programs through the use of PunkBuster, the most recognized name in cheat protection. Used in virtually all triple-A shooters, Ultima Online will be one of the first MMOs to use PunkBuster technology.

We are in an internal test phase right now and almost ready to roll out a public beta test. We expect public testing to start in mid-July. So far, we are extremely pleased with the results and expect PunkBuster to work with Ultima Online transparently, unless of course you’re using a banned cheat program.

For more info, check out the FAQ HERE

If we do decide to use PunkBuster service-wide, you’ll need to agree to the PunkBuster Software License Agreement before playing, as well as new Ultima Online Terms of Service. You can read both documents HERE

Thanks, Darkscribe

For more on UO, click here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

Comments

  • xmoleculexxmoleculex Greenville, SCPosts: 98Member
    I think this is great news. I hope it works out in beta...

  • Awesome! Might do a come back to UO.
  • MrTactMrTact Redwood City, CAPosts: 1Member


    One small correction I would like to suggest to this news article: UO is not actually the first MMO to employ PunkBuster for anti-cheating purposes. That honor goes to Knight Online, a Korean game. We are the first ones in North America, though.

    Tim "MrTact" Keating
    Lead Designer,
    Ultima Online




  • StraddenStradden Managing Editor Halifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

    Cheers,
    Jon Wood
    Managing Editor
    MMORPG.com

  • MalakaiMalakai Selinsgrove, PAPosts: 147Member
    Glad to see Ultima Online take this step.  Cheating can ruin the game experience for those who want to play the game the way it was meant to be played.  The software is properly named too, because anyone who needs to cheat in a game like this is a punk.
  • MrBootsMrBoots a, ALPosts: 277Member
    Is there anyone left to care? They should have spent the money on a new dev team to replace the third-rate hacks they have now. The game needs a complete overhaul. Not only does it need updated graphics, but pretty much everything added in the last eight years should be trashed. 

  • VulcifarVulcifar Avalon, CAPosts: 4Member


    Originally posted by MrBoots
    Is there anyone left to care? They should have spent the money on a new dev team to replace the third-rate hacks they have now. The game needs a complete overhaul. Not only does it need updated graphics, but pretty much everything added in the last eight years should be trashed. 

    Yep... still a pretty decent amount.   Look for a different press release in early July most likely.
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