Rockstar Wants RDR Hackers Dead; One Last Chance To Be Redeemed

August 21, 2010 Written by Ray Conley

American history documents that outlaws did run rampant during the era of the Wild West frontier, and Red Dead Redemption did an outstanding job capturing that rough life of the estranged law breaker.  Shortly, we will see a new DLC titled Liars and Cheats which will introduce new game modes, including live multiplayer poker where you could possibly “cheat” your way to victory.  However, the guys at Rockstar didn’t want their fans to take them literally and make real-life outlaws.  And to get that point across, they have posted a “WANTED” notice and will not be taking any outlaws alive.

It turns out that Rockstar really doesn’t like the idea of real “liars and cheaters” running a muck and ruining the online experience for others – neither do we.  In response to those online outlaws, Rockstar will be throwing down a lifetime ban-hammer to all hackers and exploiters.  However, there is still time for the delinquent account holders to get their act together and redeem their honor before Rockstar starts sending out execution notices on August 24th.

Per Rockstars web-blog, here is an explanation of the conditions that must be met for hackers to avoid the hangin’s at high-noon:

* This will not apply to those people who simply took advantage of temporary exploits to rapidly grind up XP a few weeks ago.  We are able to tell who actually hacked their save to have impossible scores.

* Banned hackers will also be removed from the leaderboards.

* To be spared, any hacked saves that you have will need to be deleted – single player as well as multiplayer.  You should be aware that everything is wiped when deleting saves.  These are the only exceptions:

  • Players would keep any Achievements/Trophies they had already earned.
  • All preorder items tied to their accounts would be unlocked for them upon signing in and creating a new save while connected to Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network
  • Any cheats earned through Social Club would be unlocked for them upon signing in and creating a new save while connected to Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network

* After deleting your hacked game save(s), you will then need to go online with Red Dead Redemption (prior to August 24th) for it to register that you’re now playing clean.  For single-player saves, you will need to re-play the game while connected until you gain access to the safehouse at MacFarlane’s ranch.  For multiplayer saves, you will need to play one full game online or do one Gang Hideout.

If you think your account may have been flagged for any of the above conditions, then you should send your inquiries to Rockstar at banhammer@rockstargames.com if you have any further questions not addressed above.

Please check out Rockstar’s blog for more information.  And be sure to spread the word to your other posse members if you think they may be potential outlaw.  Redemption is indeed at hand.

Thanks Tom Davies for sending this tip to us!