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A Note on ReShade

Feb 12, 2018

Hey Squaddies,
Heads up on some recent ReShade: Many of you have come to us with troublesome news about the recent use of ReShade to provide an advantage over other players not just in Squad, but any game currently compatible with the tool. We want to thank you for coming to us with your concerns as quickly and directly as you did and let you know what's up.
As you may know, PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds has taken the step of banning the use of Reshade as a cheating utility. After consulting thoroughly with the experts at EasyAntiCheat, we've decided to follow suit until ReShade can develop a version that removes the problematic options.
Why are they a problem? Well...
This is what a normal copy of Squad looks like when you zoom in:

And this is what it looks like when someone using ReShade applies a quick script from a questionable source:

So, why can't we just disable that option? Let's hear it from our expert:
"It looks like the ReShade based zoom hack is based on a custom shader to implement the zooming logic. Due to the technique, it's not really possible to block or detect just the zooming functionality of ReShade without blocking the software.

Since ReShade allows the effects to be toggled in a shortcut and also configured on the fly inside the game, ReShade could potentially be a really powerful tool for unfair advantage such as zooming or adjusting the color balance of the game. (e.g. Seeing better in dark than other players.)"
This is definitely unfortunate, as we know the vast majority use ReShade to amp up the beauty of Squad and Unreal in general -- something ReShade did very well to suit a need. We're looking into some graphical options on our end in the meantime, but with any luck, ReShade will be quick to respond and get everyone a set of custom settings that not only look great, but play fair for everyone.

Am I getting banned?!

Nope! You're not a cheater! ReShade has developed a tool that can be used for tweaking your visual settings, but it turns out, it's also a pretty potent way to gain an unfair advantage. What you'll see is an error messsage just after the EasyAntiCheat splash screen. (See below.)

You'll need to remove ReShade at this point and restart Squad and you're ready to rock once more. We look forward to the return of ReShade and thank you for your understanding and patience. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Offworld Out.

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