When you’ve been playing any sort of FPS PVP long enough you can get a pretty good feel for when someone’s level of skill and pre-emption borders on the inhuman. With most games, it never really goes beyond that level where you think to yourself “that really didn’t seem very legit but they must have seen me or just gotten lucky I guess.” Playing as Pendles, running around near-invisible, definitely suspends any doubt when it comes to ESP hackers.
Just had a match on Overgrowth where a Galilea, despite my never being in their FoV to begin with, was able to track me cloaked from their main camp back to our line. Later, while standing behind the Galilea and again never having crossed their FoV at any sort of distance where seeing me cloaked was conceivable, the Galilea hesitated, then ran circles around their camp a bit, then left, then I counted to 10 and hit their turret and I -immediately- get Shield Tossed in the face. I chocked that one up to experience and figured they were just smart enough to guess that’s exactly where I’d be even though that particular turret had no tactical advantage yet. I pop smoke, run around, she kills me regardless. Whatever, I shake it off. I respawn, run into the center area and jump behind the pillar next to the shock turret. The entire enemy team was beside our building housing the Supply Station the entire time and was therefore lateral and, again, completely out of LoS. The Galilea then peels off from the main group, mid-fight, with full health and full shields, to go check out their already fully upgraded Shock Turret for… reasons? By this time I suspected something was up so I just chilled there to see what they’d do… if they actually had the balls to attack me cloaked totally out of the blue like that when it’d have been clearly impossible. The Galilea then rounds the turret pillar, stares right at me for 2seconds, then turns around facing directly away from me as obvious bait. I couldn’t goddamn believe it.
For reference, this was all in the extreme early game and there was no one on the team with any sort of reveal capability in their helix. Any one of these things I’d chock up to dumb luck but all three back to back to back in a matter of a few minutes? No, that’s ESP hack. I’ve seen this sort of things a few times but never this blatant. I’ll be closing on a person and they’ll turn to shoot me even though it’s an impossible angle, then I can tell the player realizes it’d be obviously impossible they’d know I was there, so they’d turn and just wait, hoping I’d jump them so they could turn and headshot me. You can just tell with peoples’ body language when they know I’m there when it isn’t possible. Ie. not cautious gameplay to make my job as Pendles harder, blatant awareness of my position at all times.
I’m concerned because this kinda thing, while definitely not nearly as bad in Battleborn as it is in other games, can poison a PVP community really damn quickly and I feel like no steps have been taken to prevent cheating yet. Hoping that changes and that Gearbox/2K take a harder line against it.