Last night, Destiny 2 (opens in new tab) upgraded its security efforts by integrating venerable anti-cheat software BattlEye to the game. But that extra safety may come with a performance cost, as Bungie warns of frame dips and increased load times.
"Anti-cheat solutions require some additional system resources to keep watch and you may see some reduction in frames and performance after Update 3.3.0 goes live," Bungie wrote in a Security Update (opens in new tab) ahead of last night's patch. "The new service will also increase the initial startup of the game."
BattlEye hasn't arrived at full power, mind. Automatic banning is currently disabled, as Bungie test the tool at scale in a live game environment. Should all go well, they'll turn on all its features somewhere ahead of the next Trials of Osiris on September 10—though, as ever, the developer stresses that fighting cheaters is an ongoing process.
"We want to be clear that this is not a silver bullet fix that will end all cheating in Destiny forever. This is another step in our strategy to combat cheats and improve our detection and banning methods."
Bungie also states it's taking a firmer stance on "win trading" in PvP, and will start tossing bans at players engaged in the practice. Hopefully, that means we won't see a repeat of this year's buck-wild Hakke emblem match-fixing schemes (opens in new tab).
Yesterday also saw Destiny 2 kick off Season of the Lost (opens in new tab), bringing back fan-favourite Mara Sov and the arrival of full crossplay ahead of the game's next big expansion, The Witch Queen (opens in new tab). Hopefully, BattlEye's integration should will mean cheaters have a harder time finding their way into the Season of the Lost.