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Recently players have been using client applications to fix wide screen issues as well as make the game look better with applications like SweetFX. SOE has made a statement in reguards to client modifications on the official forums.

It is vital that you not run software which modifies the Planetside 2 client in any way. If you do this, you are indistinguishable from various hacks that work in the same manner. The result of this is that you will be banned from gameplay and lose your characters/items.

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.

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.

The above does not apply to user initiated *.INI changes, those are allowed, although setting your own options incorrectly can result in bugs.

As a clarification, since some players have asked, Mumble, Teamspeak, Fraps, and of course Steam, which all use overlays, are expressly allowed. Having an overlay to display information to the user not related to Planetside 2 itself is fine.

Essentially only modifications to the .ini files are allowed any other modifications could result in bans from the game. Hit up the comments thread here to discuss.

24 comments
2012-11-27 02:11 PM
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2012-11-27 04:55 PM
Roidster
Re: Client Mods not allowed

kinda sucks,for the widescreen gamers right now,hopefully they will let us use flawless widescreen,as its under review right now

but in the mean time actual hackers are running around,and not being banned as of yet
2012-11-27 05:08 PM
Notser
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Originally Posted by Roidster View Post
kinda sucks,for the widescreen gamers right now,hopefully they will let us use flawless widescreen,as its under review right now

but in the mean time actual hackers are running around,and not being banned as of yet
If they're not allowing SweetFX then they won't allow anything at all because it sits in the folder and doesn't interact with any of the files for the game. A little depressed that I have to go back to what the game looked like before SweetFx.
2012-11-27 05:13 PM
Forsaken One
Re: Client Mods not allowed

I fully support this. Now only things the game makers test and work with to make sure they give no unfair advantage over others not useing a mod can be allowed.

Originally Posted by Roidster View Post
kinda sucks,for the widescreen gamers right now,hopefully they will let us use flawless widescreen,as its under review right now

but in the mean time actual hackers are running around,and not being banned as of yet

Wants to change the game code done on purpose to not allow a unfair advantage.

Whines about others changing or injecting game code to gain a unfair advantage on purpose.


2012-11-27 10:13 PM
Hamma
Re: Client Mods not allowed

I find it hard to believe no hackers are being banned.
2012-11-28 12:33 AM
Indecisive
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Damn, that sweetfx thing looks sweet. One of my major complaints about the game is the color scheme ends up making everything look drab. Alas, I shall never know thee.
2012-11-28 12:47 AM
Rago
Re: Client Mods not allowed

BooooooH ! @SOE ! XD

+ Give us more GFX options !

I understand that Step, hopefully they take a step in our Direction and give us more Graphic Options, at least to option to turn of AA, withou editing the ini every Time.
And Yes i dont like that default foggy stuff.
2012-11-28 05:47 AM
EightEightEight
Re: Client Mods not allowed

I thought Higby was using SweetFX but the guild mate that told me about the thread said that it has mysteriously disappeared
2012-11-28 04:21 PM
Hamma
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Abducted during a dark night! Conspiracy!
2012-11-28 04:24 PM
Rahabib
Re: Client Mods not allowed

you know I never looked, but is there a report player function somewhere in the game?
2012-11-28 04:25 PM
Hamma
Re: Client Mods not allowed

/report player
2012-11-28 06:00 PM
CyclesMcHurtz
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Originally Posted by EightEightEight View Post
I thought Higby was using SweetFX but the guild mate that told me about the thread said that it has mysteriously disappeared
He brought it up with the graphics team and they made adjustments to the renderer afterwards.
2012-11-29 11:07 AM
Shogun
Re: Client Mods not allowed

but will something be done about the ugly fog?

or will we get some more options like the ultra texturequality?
i was able to set textures on ultra during beta, but after release, changing them in the ini file doesn´t seem to do anything any more.
2012-11-29 11:15 AM
duomaxwl
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Originally Posted by Shogun View Post
but will something be done about the ugly fog?

or will we get some more options like the ultra texturequality?
i was able to set textures on ultra during beta, but after release, changing them in the ini file doesn´t seem to do anything any more.
[Rendering]
GraphicsQuality=5
TextureQuality=0
TerrainLOD=5
FloralDistanceScale=2.000000
ShadowQuality=3
RenderDistance=999999.000000
Gamma=0.000000
MaximumFPS=120
UseLod0a=0
OverallQuality=-1
LightingQuality=5
EffectsQuality=5
TerrainQuality=5
FloraQuality=5
ModelQuality=5
MotionBlurQuality=5
BlurQuality=5
AOQuality=5
AmbientOcclusionQuality=5
ParticleQuality=5
VerticalFOV=61
FloralLOD=5
EffectsLOD=5
ParticleLOD=5
ParticleDistanceScale=2.000000
EffectsDistanceScale=2.000000
FogShadowsEnable=1
MotionBlur=1
VSync=0
AO=1
GpuPhysics=0
Found this on the official forums earlier today. I definitely see GPU under the bottleneck area of the FPS more than CPU now with the exception of the biggest fights.
2012-12-05 08:00 AM
Voodeux
Re: Client Mods not allowed

Them removing the option of SweetFX was a total downer. It sucked going back to playing with the shitty drab colors.
2012-12-06 10:43 AM
Jakobud
Re: Client Mods not allowed

FYI for everyone, I PM'ed Twist (the SOE dev who posted about bannable mod's) about SweetFX specifically and he replied to me with this:

We would warn before any bans were associated with this. The problem with SweetFX is that it could be modified in various ways to achieve an advantage. As it is distributed now, it's relatively harmless.

We know some people use it, we would give warning before black listing it.
I can post a screenshot of this if you would like.

So it sounds like at the moment SweetFX is okay to use and they would give a warning before banning people for using it.

UPDATE with Screenshot:

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