Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege just unveiled a new form of anti-cheat called Mousetrap, which stops console players from using their mouse and keyboard in matches.
Instead of a regular timeout, match kick or a ban, players who employ computer peripherals on their console will be struck by an ever-increasing latency spike.
The new anti-cheating measure, due to its nature, is bound to disrupt anyone’s play in a game as precise as Siege.
You can read Ubisoft’s statement below:
On Consoles, we’ve noticed that some players are using external “input spoofing devices” which let them play with a Keyboard & Mouse instead of a controller. This gives them an unfair advantage against controller players. It’s one of the biggest complaints on all competitive shooters, but especially on Rainbow Six Siege. We heard you and we totally agree that it’s unfair when your opponents have such an advantage. That’s why we have been developing a system to address this form of cheating. We called it MouseTrap.
We really want to encourage those players to return to fair play if possible. In doing so, we will be giving a new “Mouse & Keyboard Penalty” to players that we detect using a Spoofing device. This new penalty will add additional latency to the inputs of MnK users. In short, it will be harder to aim and shoot with your operator when the penalty is active. The lag will start low and build up over several games if the use of MnK is still detected.
If the player chooses to remove their spoofing device, the lag will be gradually reduced; returning to normal after a few games.
Additionally, not all players will be penalized. The higher your skill level, the more chance you have of being affected by this new penalty.
Mousetrap was announced back in March of 2023, and was added to the game on this month, as signaled by the post made on the game’s official Twitter account.
Ubisoft claims that Mousetrap is still an experimental solution, and that they seek to restore true balance between skill and fairness in Rainbow Six Siege.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is available for: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S and Microsoft Windows (via Steam).