Developer Bluehole has made it very clear that they will be cracking down on cheaters in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it seems that there has been a consequence for doing so. In what appears to be a troubling side effect, the implemented software security feature Themida is causing a number of performance issues for players.
The latest version of PUBG is “packed” with Themida, according to certain fans. This would be an understandable move, given the developer’s stance on the amount of cheaters that are in the popular Early Access game. Granted, it does serve to protect PUBG from being tampered with, but at the cost of performance it seems.
Reddit user bennyh6813 offered their opinion on the matter:
I’m not really sure why they moved to this. Themida virtualizes code which results in around a 2.5-20% performance loss (leaning more towards 20% in this case).
The user also offered the following image as proof:
One of many users affected was Toritto, who replied:
I’m experiencing much lower FPS, and it’s incredibly annoying. Tabbing when there are 2 or more player boxes within range is a nightmare. It completely freezes my game for 2 seconds and the looting is super ultra slow.
Hopefully this is something that Bluehole will be able to fix at some point, perhaps finding a solution of keeping security priority, whilst not compromising the quality of the game itself.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available in Early Access, and will release on PC in December, with the Xbox One version going into the Preview program the same month.