Developers Frontier Developments are currently being urged to deal with cheaters in the space simulator Elite: Dangerous. Certain players are manipulating gameplay and exploiting the game via combat logging.
Combat logging is a rather simple method that players are using which allows them to, even during battle, avoid their ship being destroyed. This is done by simply closing the game, shutting it down through task manager or a special software or script. The video below shows an example of this.
Exploits such as this have a heavy knock-on effect on aspects of Elite: Dangerous such as PvP and robberies. This obviously isn’t sitting well with players who have understandably become frustrated with the situation, which will hopefully prompt Frontier Developments to take further action.
Frontier encourage players to send reports with evidence when bugs are used in battle, so they can in turn punish those responsible. According to their support policy, Frontier Developments have to consider and take action on any requests within 48 hours. However, there have been situations where exploit videos have been posted to YouTube with zero views after three days, highlighting that no one has checked the video and allowed the perpetrator to continue unpunished.
Frontier representatives have now confirmed that some of the responses haven’t been processed, and plan to act on the error. Going forward, players using “combat logging” will be punished, with the Frontier support team striving to take a more aggressive approach to these situations.
Elite: Dangerous is a space combat simulator game, offering a huge sandbox setting and a number of different methods for people to play. Players explore a realistic 1:1 scale open-world galaxy, where they can trade, pillage and fight in an epic space sequel to the 1995 release Frontier: First Encounters.