News: Any Modding In Planetside 2 Will Get You Banned

planetside 2 moddingSony are taking a very firm stand against modders for Planetside 2, in an effort to curb cheating and keep the playing field level for everybody within the huge multiplayer game.

Modding of any kind will result in a ban, meaning you will lose any and all items/goodies you acquire. Even as much as modding DirectX will land you in hot water with SOE.

Sony Online Entertainment posted the following on the Planetside 2 forums:

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.

There are some applications that modify the windows or directx environment without changing the client. These may also result in suspensions unless we specifically exempt them and declare them ok to use.

The most simple guidance here is do not use third party programs which change the Planetside 2 gameplay in any way unless it has been specifically cleared by SOE.

The above does not apply to user initiated *.INI changes, those are allowed, although setting your own options incorrectly can result in bugs.

Seems more than fair enough to me. Modding in a multiplayer-only game can only spell disaster and frustration for those who have to put up with cheaters. A great many game are modded for fun, and with great effect, but I think it’s right that Planetside 2 sits this one out.
What do you think? Do you care about being able to mod? Or do you think this is justified? Let us know in the comments below.
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