After uncovering the third major duplication glitch in their latest MMO, New World, Amazon Games has retaliated against those who abused the exploits.
From gold to furniture, it seems that there's no end to the exploits and glitches players continue to uncover in Amazon Games' recent MMO installation, New World. What started as a damage control scenario seems to have quickly multiplied into a handful of wealth shutdowns as the company attempts to get a grip on the consistent influx of issues. Now, it appears they've taken a more drastic step toward shutting down those who want to watch the in-game economy burn.
Amazon Games Permanently Bans 1200 New World Players
Previously, Amazon Games primarily defaulted to temporary bans for exploit offenders. These lasted from 24 hours to a few days, according to player reports. This tended to function as a warning for most rather than a punishment, however, as honest players noted the same individuals who had received bans were only partially dissuaded. Many were observed returning to duplicating post-ban.
Now, it appears that won't be an option for some.
In a developer post published to the official New World forums on Monday, Nov. 15, Community Manager Luxendra wrote that the team was hard at work identifying and removing both offending players and illicit gold.
"Together for these exploits we have permanently banned over 1200 players, removing their items from the economy, and cancelling their trade post listings," they wrote, "We took decisive action against obvious bad actors with a first pass on November 2nd, permanently banning accounts of the most egregious offenders which eliminated over 80% of duped Coin and item value from the economy."
They went on to explain that they were also investigating the dupes' effects on the end-game experience. This included acknowledging the frustration felt by honest players after seeing cheaters succeed well beyond their means—a common sentiment on the forums.
At the time of writing, the team has added an additional 460 bans and therefore "were able to remove 98% of remaining duped items and Coin in the game."
Luxendra concluded the post by apologizing for the unfortunate experience and thanking those who brought the issue to their attention in the first place.
"While it took some time to investigate and track down where the duped items were funneled, our telemetry tracks all these transactions, so rest assured we can and will find all the bad actors," they wrote.
DBLTAP cannot confirm if more permanent bans are on their way at the time of writing. Players who have evidence of duping are encouraged to reach out to the New World development staff.