When a game is as online-focused as GT Sport is, a huge part of its success is making sure the experience is as balanced and fair as possible; just one person taking short cuts with a ‘cheat’ can ruin it for everybody.
Over the last few months, players have discovered a few bugs and glitches which offered an unfair advantage in races. Unsurprisingly, people have been taking advantage.
Although many of these issues have seemingly been fixed via updates, Polyphony Digital is looking to crack down on those who’ve been exploiting the game. According to GT Planet, PD is going to start suspending the accounts of players who are found to have been in breach of the game’s terms of service. In other words, if you’ve been cheating, you’re banned.
Strangely this purge has only been detailed on the official Japanese website, with the roughly-translated (and slightly ominous) statement saying:
“Cheating was confirmed in the online service of “Gran Turismo Sport”, so we have taken account suspension measures. Subsequently, the applicable online IDs can not connect to the online service of “Gran Turismo Sport”.
“It is strictly prohibited to act by improperly modifying game data, misbehaving using malfunctions in the game, or causing inconvenience to other users. Please note that cheating will be subject to punishment as soon as it is discovered.
“We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.”
In a way, the statement offers up more questions than it answers. What exactly are players being banned for? Why has it only been announced on the Japanese site? On top of that, GT Sport requires access to its online services - even if you only want to play single player, you’ll need to be connected if you want to save.
Will banned players still be able to play in the Arcade modes and save their game? Or will their suspension render the game they bought and paid for as little more than an expensive coaster?
Alternatively, it could all just be a bit of chest pumping from the developers to try and get those naughty people to stop doing whatever they’re doing out of fear. Who knows!
Source: GT Planet