StarCraft 2’s highly competitive online multiplayer has long been infested by hackers performing nefarious cheat moves. They do so with the aid of external hacking programs that help them do things in-game that would typically be impossible, leading to very unfair wins. If you’ve ever been victim to this, worry not for the future: the Legacy of the Void 3.0 update completely breaks external maphacks, putting hackers out of business.
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The discovery is the talk of the StarCraft subreddit, with a variety of viewpoints being shouted into the void. The top post quotes from a hacking forum, explaining the situation:
“Updating for the LotV client isn’t like most patches where it’s mainly about finding the new offsets for previous structures. They’ve completely replaced a lot of code and have apparently put quite a lot of effort into breaking the functionality of existing external hacks.
SC2 v3.0 will break every external SC2 hack out there, and many of them may never be fixed due to the magnitude of the changes.”
It goes on to say that some hack developers have given up on creating, while other are trying to find new ways to subvert StarCraft 2’s system.
On Twitter, Bob Bollinger – the ‘Best Starcraft II Hacker’ according to his Twitter bio – said it was a “Sad day for the hacking community.”
The change will be joyous news to all law-abiding StarCraft 2 players the world over. Nobody likes a cheat, and playing against one just ruins the game. Sometimes Blizzard come under a bit of flak for not addressing cheats quickly enough, but this massive change to StarCraft 2 seems a strong effort to stamp out hackers for good.