Splatoon 2 has proven to be a wonderfully enjoyable experience online, with round after round of the ink-tastic shooter warfare being a highly addictive pastime, but a number of issues with hackers and modders cheating their way to victory have been ruining the fun for a lot of users recently. It appears that this could now be a thing of the past, however.
If you've missed the news on the matter, or aren't up to date on the latest happenings in the Splatoon Inkopolis, various users have been using all manner of hacks to cheat in online multiplayer, disrupting the natural content of the game by introducing illegal perks and abilities unavailable to innocent players. Recently, to send Nintendo a message, one player hacked their way onto the game's leaderboards with usernames that asked the developers to introduce an anti-cheat system.
As it turns out, it seems that this user got their wish - or rather, already had their wish without realising it. Reports from dataminers suggest that Nintendo started to introduce integrity checks in the game from version 3.1.0 - an update released back in June. Of course, users haven't necessarily received bans during this time, but the general consensus notes that the system is likely being refined behind the scenes before going live.
It appears that this system is actively searching for users who have implemented any mods to their game, regardless of whether or not they are being used online, with the eventual aim being to flag their account. Once flagged, it is expected that users will receive a ban within the next day.
We can only hope that this system is put into effect sooner rather than later; if your enjoyment of the game has been impacted by cheaters recently, this could be just the news you've been waiting for.