Hi. First of all, this is an extraordinary game and I commend you and the entire staff at BI for your ongoing efforts. Thank you in advance for reading my report.
I'm a veteran player with 3,951.5 hours in-game. Love this game. BUT, lately I've been encountering cheaters on official servers, specifically players using ESP and aimbot hacks. Once a week for the last month, I've lost well-established characters to the dishonorable gameplay of these punks.
Most recently, my character was sitting quietly in an upper level apartment in one of the rowhouses of downtown Chernogorsk. I like to smoke cannabis IRL while I'm in-game, and pretend my character is having a smoke sesh at the time. What I usually do is sit my character using the "Sit Crossed" gesture, in an interior setting that's "safe" you can't approach me without audibly alerting me, and my character is always positioned totally invisible from outside. I use the quiet time to listen for other players, and essentially surveil the town.
So my character, with full stats and stable body temp, was sitting quietly for 10 or 15 minutes, unable to be seen or heard, and suddenly I was shot dead through the wall. That tells me my assailant knew my position through the ESP hack (which I assume is the hack that displays beacons on the cheater's HUD) because he/she certainly didn't detect me through conventional means. And he/she possibly used the aimbot or other hacks to deliver the shot down range. As far as bullet penetration through the building walls/floors, I couldn't say.
Countless other players have experienced this. Many have quit playing, including my former partner who could stand it anymore. I know it's just a game, but it's so frustrating to lose your time investment to a dishonorable cheating player.
So after roughly a decade since the game's inception, this major issue is still plaguing the loyal community of honest players, and many of us are reaching our breaking points. I humbly ask that the dev team continue combatting this issue, and I pray for a solution before I reach my breaking point and abandon the game. Not what I want! Please help. Take care!