Ubisoft is turning into fairly the anti-cheat innovator as of late. In a Rainbow Six Siege group update revealed right this moment, the studio went in-depth on the efficiency of its two latest anti-cheat initiatives: the widely-publicized “MouseTrap” tech that counters mouse and keyboard spoofing gadgets on consoles, and one other mysterious characteristic recognized solely as “QB” that apparently makes cheat growth so troublesome that some cheat builders are giving up.

A reported 78% drop in day by day mouse and keyboard abusage on consoles is successful for the first-of-its-kind MouseTrap. We do not know precisely what number of console gamers have used this system, however the subject has been broadly reported and complained about for years. Name of Obligation can also be cracking down on XIM cheaters.

However I am far more focused on that QB characteristic that Ubi is being so secretive about. All we all know for positive about QB are the scarce particulars Ubi has shared about it because it went on-line in November 2022. It is a PC-only characteristic that “goals to make cheat growth extra tedious.”

How is it doing that? Ubi desires to maintain that beneath wraps to “defend its integrity,” however we now have a fairly good thought of what is going on on. Across the time QB went on-line final 12 months, eagle-eyed followers observed that Rainbow Six Siege’s Steam model was receiving small updates each few hours with no apparent change on the participant’s finish. The idea on the time was that Ubi is altering Siege’s executable a number of occasions a day in order that present cheats turn out to be incompatible, forcing cheat makers to match tempo by always updating their misguided instruments. 

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One such Siege model update pushed only a few hours in the past. (Picture credit score: SteamDB)

Ubi hasn’t confirmed if QB is in truth this elaborate game of compatibility hopscotch in motion (or if it merely represents one piece of QB), however it hasn’t denied it both, or provided another rationalization for the day by day shopper updates that’re nonetheless being pushed out 9 months later. Ubisoft’s standing update right this moment is in line with the theories.

“We have seen nice outcomes from this method [QB] which has already contributed to the ban of over 10,000 cheaters, and we’re solely getting began!” proclaims the weblog. (I suppose I might use an exclamation mark too if I had simply publicly executed ten thousand cheaters.) “We have additionally been made conscious that a number of cheat distributors have stopped creating cheats for Siege following this update and have been getting lots of optimistic suggestions from our group relating to their in-game expertise because the deployment of this characteristic.”

Now that is a powerful declare. We have seen builders’ makes an attempt at thwarting cheaters in all types of artistic methods, like tormenting them with invisible enemies, creating proprietary cheat detectors that run within the background always, or aggressively suing particular person outfits that make them as a message to those that’d comply with, however QB looks like a fair deeper minimize. It assaults cheat growth at a base stage that, in principle, makes issues tougher for each cheat maker without delay.

Which makes me marvel what’s up with all of the secrecy. QB is an efficient and safe sufficient methodology of anti-cheat for Ubi to laud its success, however apparently weak sufficient that it will not really inform us the way it works. Perhaps Ubi is not assured that QB will nonetheless be efficient as soon as hackers have had extra time to counter it.

For no matter its strengths, QB actually is not a silver bullet for the time being: some fast googling exhibits a number of websites are promoting Siege cheats which can be claimed to work, although each site I checked had at the least one Siege cheat marked as “not working” or beneath upkeep.

I am cool with Ubi preserving QB an open secret, however at the least give you a greater title. Subsequent to MouseTrap, an objectively cool factor to name anti-mouse tech, “QB” is weak stuff. Until it is quick for Quantum Bayonet or one thing.