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F.E.A.R. patch to include PunkBuster

Jennie Lees

Vivendi announced today that there's a new patch for the psychological shooter F.E.A.R. in the works. This patch will include PunkBuster anti-cheating software and the option to kick players from multiplayer matches, as well as three new maps.

This is eerily similar to the recent Call of Duty 2 fiasco, in which players threatened strike action unless something was done to reduce the levels of in-game cheating. A patch was released with PunkBuster, and everyone seemed to be satisfied. Cheating can make or break a title in terms of its multiplayer success, and as developers will inevitably have to patch anti-cheating in, it's surprising that neither game launched with the functionality.

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