The runaway hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has attracted plenty of positive attention -- it’s the most downloaded PS Plus game of all time and has seven million downloads on Steam. Unfortunately, it has also attracted lots of cheaters, at least on PC. Today, Mediatonic revealed plans to use the same anti-cheat software used by Fortnite.
In a tweet, Mediatonic apologized about the cheating problem and said it’s expanding its current detection systems this week. The developers also said they’re working on a “BIG update,” which should add the Fortnite anti-cheat system. It’s supposed to arrive in the next couple of weeks.
We're really sorry about the cheating problem!
We're expanding the current detection system this week to improve things
We also have a BIG update in the next couple of weeks that adds the same anti-cheat used by games such as Fortnite
Thanks for bearing with us!
— Fall Guys | BeanBot Activated 🤖 (@FallGuysGame) September 6, 2020
Fortnite developer Epic Games owns and uses Easy Anti-Cheat. The software is used by more than 120 games, and it’s proven to be pretty reliable. So this update should provide the anti-cheat support that Fall Guys fans are looking for.
Mediatonic has been working to fight cheaters for weeks now. It changed its detection criteria so that players would no longer have to report individual cheaters, and it started blocking cheaters in the middle of games, rather than after each round. It also closed a loophole that allowed cheaters to get around bans by creating new Family-Sharing accounts on Steam.
But as Engadget’s Matt Brian found, those efforts haven’t done much to stop cheaters.
So, @FallGuysGame insists that cheaters are auto-detected and removed from the game ASAP. Notice this little complication of four rounds (first two blink and you’ll miss), but pay attention to the last two rounds and how they continued to blatantly cheat and progress. pic.twitter.com/qjhASDOdQG
— Matt Brian (@m4tt) September 5, 2020
Hopefully, adding Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat will be more effective, so Fall Guys players can stop fighting cheaters and get back to playing the game.