Blizzard has revealed that it is preparing to add a system to Overwatch that will instantly shut down matches in which it detects cheating.
The announcement was made by Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan, in a developer update video (see below). Kaplan said: “Another thing that we’re adding, and some of you have noticed it on the PTR, is that we have improved detection for cheating, and now we will automatically shut down a match when we detect that cheating is happening. We will make sure that nobody on either side of the match is penalised for that match being shut down. So, if you’re in a competitive match, you won’t lose SR [Skill Rating] if the cheater is on your team or if the cheater is on the other team. Very harsh actions are happening against that cheater, you can be assured.”
Kaplan added: “This is just the next evolution of cheat detection in the game.” Earlier, Kaplan confirmed that Blizzard is working on the next Overwatch Hero – the 31st to feature in the game – which will be male. He wasn’t able to specify when he will be introduced, though.
It remains to be seen how the Overwatch community will view the new anti-cheating system, which is clearly designed to operate as a deterrent, causing potential cheats to think twice, in the knowledge that if cheating is detected, they won’t even be able to finish individual games – and will annoy their team-mates and opponents if they cause games to be terminated.