The development team working on Planetside 2 at Sony Online Entertainment warns players of the MMO to drop all the mods they might be using because they can interfere with the game experience and can be reason for account bans.
Twist, a member of the development team, states on the official forums that, “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,” his post continues.
Twist also says that user-created .ini files for Planetside 2 are allowed and are not considered grounds for bans and that users can also safely use programs like Mumble, Teamspeak, Fraps and Steam, which have been tested and do not interfere with the MMO.
So far, SOE has not taken action against those who run mods but the team suggests that no more warnings will be offered and that bans are coming for rule breakers.
Planetside 2 is an MMO which uses first-person shooter mechanics and allows players to join one of three factions and then battle for control of the planet of Auraxis.
The game is offered under a free-to-play business model and gamers who opt to pay will get a number of enhancements that do not directly affect gameplay.