Sony Online Entertainment has adopted a hardline approach to third-party mods for its new PlanetSide 2 MMOFPS. "It is vital that you not run software which modifies the PS2 client in any way," the firm wrote on its forums.
What about UI mods? Nope. Data-mining apps? Sorry. Anything and everything is off-limits.
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.SOE does say that its restrictions don't extend to .ini file tweaks, but it cautions that such modifications "can result in bugs."
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.