Bandai Namco has warned players of Dark Souls III on PC about seemingly innocuous activities that could lead to bans for cheating.
The publisher recently banned a swathe of cheaters on the PC platform, but ended up banning several innocent users as well.
Those users were allegedly banned for possessing hacked items unknowingly obtained from cheaters online, referred to by the Bandai Namco knowledge base as "taking candy from strangers."
Dark Souls III allows players to trade equipment, but the system also extends to trading equipment whose values have been edited by the user.
Given that Bandai Namco's anti-cheat system operates by identifying user-altered save-game data, mods, or other client-side hacks, that equipment will get flagged regardless of which account it's attached to.
Users affected will receive an "Invalid Game Data" warning in their main menu "until the Dark Souls III server team has determined whether or not a violation of the End User License Agreement occurred."
Bandai Namco says that users receiving such a warning "will have a chance to completely remove any such external files, mods, cheats/hacks or delete their game save."
It also suggests using backups to enable save-game rollbacks in the event of such an infection.
That isn't so easy, however, given that Dark Souls III stores its saves in an invisible folder, and manual save backups can result in hours of lost progress.
Dark Souls III is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.