Rapid reports of a PUBG Mobile Runic Power mode glitch means one of the most unique modes in recent memory is quickly becoming another victim of the game’s claimed preference of quantity over quality. The bug is easily reproducible, doesn’t rely on third-party software, and can render a player virtually invincible, and its popularity is growing rapidly. A mode designed to temporarily bring a new lease of life to the Battle Royale mode has become yet another headache for players who just can’t seem to escape bad actors and unfair advantages throughout the game.
Players have discovered a way to get a little more out of the titular mechanic of the Runic Power mode. The mode allows players to supplement their usual Battle Royale loadouts with a choice of either Fire, Ice, or Wind abilities. By timing the use of Ice Wall with the Enter Vehicle input, you become invisible, resulting in the reports of “ghost cars” chasing players around the map. It’s not just cosmetic, either. Although you could just assume a moving vehicle means there’s someone in the driver’s seat for you to aim at, ghost drivers appear immune to bullet damage. Instead, the only way to stop the vehicle rampage of PUBG Mobile‘s own Invisible Man is to inflict enough damage to the car that it explodes, taking the driver down with it. Which is easier said than done.
Cheating in PUBG Mobile is nothing new. It’s a problem Tencent has been trying to deal with since the game’s inception through the supposedly mega-successful Project: Ban Pan. Massive popularity helps cheating software spread like wildfire. If one hacker slaughters a 100-person strong lobby, the notion of “if you can’t beat them, join them” could spur 100 people to then hack their way through 100 more matches. Each use risks adding another decimal place, but statistically, the difficulty of acquiring, configuring, and risking account suspension through use of such mods keeps the ratio relatively low. Millions of accounts have been banned for partaking, but it’s a drop in the pond compared to the number of legitimate players the game has attracted over its three-year run.
Glitches are a whole other story, however. These naturally occurring errors exist purely through an oversight in the game’s code. As they’re generally easy to replicate and “teach”, they’re far more likely to be used in a match. Theoretically, glitches can be easily fixed once the developers figure out the cause, but until they do, word of its existence will spread. But just because its existence is the fault of the developers, doesn’t mean taking advantage of it issue is allowed. You can still be reported, suspended, or even banned for exploiting known glitches, and the more news of the glitch spreads, the harder it will be to feign ignorance to fight a claim.
Although popularity and the frequency of reports should speed us a response, Tencent has yet to publicly acknowledge the issue. Once it does, either expect a hotfix to quickly patch it out, or the removal of the Runic Power mode until a remedy can be applied. For now, be sure to report anyone you see exploiting it.
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