If you needed proof that the bright colors and slapstick antics of Fall Guys haven't diminished its competitive appeal, look no further than the rise of cheaters in the game. Mediatonic's hit battle royale platformer already has detection in place to snuff out cheaters, but according to the team the game is going to be a bit quicker on the draw with anti-cheat measures soon.
In an uncharacteristically serious tweet from the official Fall Guys account today, Mediatonic clears up a few details about how cheaters are dealt with now and how that'll change in the future. "Dealing with cheaters is a top priority for us," Mediatonic says. "At the moment, when a cheater is detected, they are able to finish the current show before being blocked[.]"
That's unfortunate for any of the millions of Fall Guys players who happen to get matched with a cheater, of course. Fall Guys hacks can allow cheaters to take flight, zip right over an obstacle course, and cross the finish line with no skill or fumbling whatsoever.
"We are going to start taking more immediate action soon," Mediatonic promises, adding that it "isn't necessary to manually report cheaters" as it stands.
Over the weekend, a clip of a cheater captured by streamer TeosGame went viral, perhaps prompting this response from Mediatonic while also demonstrating how players can team up to deal with cheaters for the time being. A few rounds into the match with the floating, untouchable cheater, Fall Guys serves up the Egg Scramble team game. While some players detest all the team games, what happens next is maybe the most stunning bit of teamwork you'll see in Fall Guys: the cheater's own team turns against them, carrying eggs out of the goal to ensure that the spoiled bean advances no further.
There's a new patch out for Fall Guys today that addresses some other issues (including a fix to ensure that team sizes will be balanced), but we'll have to wait and see how Mediatonic plans to dispatch cheaters more quickly. While it'd certainly be fine to see them get shown the door mid-match, Fall Guys also seems like it'd be a perfect fit for more creative anti-cheat measures. Maybe it'd be more trouble than it's worth to implement in game, but Fall Guys cheaters should be doomed to some kind of fitting punishment, like a Sisyphus bean forced to roll a big, neon pink ball up a ramp forever. Heck, make the ramp a seesaw.