New World’s biggest foe is not the Corrupted demons that populate the landscape, but instead the scourge of item dupers, which have been wreaking havoc on the game since it launched.
There have been so many New World duping exploits at this point, it’s hard to even keep track of them all. I believe we’re up to 5 or 6 different major ones at this point, with the last furniture-based duping exploit causing Amazon to have to shut down the entire economy of the game before it spiraled out of control, which is not the first time they’ve done that.
But as part of their big new push for extensive communication, they have talked about the problem, what they’ve done to solve it, and its lingering effects. In a new blog post they revealed that:
- A first pass at dupers permabanned 1200 players, and removed 80% of duped items and coin from the economy.
- A second pass, which took place yesterday, banned an additional 460 players, and they now believe they’ve gotten 98% of duped coin and items out of the economy. The 2% left are from players who duped by apparent accident, but did not repeatedly exploit the mechanic, and were not banned.
Amazon goes on to talk about what this has done to the game, as the perception is that a huge percentage of geared-out endgame players must have cheated to get there. But they say that after all these bans, that’s not actually the case.
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- 9.1% of level 60 players have at least one 600 GS item equipped.
- 5.8% of level 60 players have at least one Voidbent item equipped.
- Only 2.4% of level 60 players have a full set of 600 GS armor.
These are supposed to be the “legitimate” numbers now that bad actors have been removed, so if you see people at this level with this gear, they should have gotten it legitimately now, and they are not a huge percentage of the level 60 population, as you can see.
Before this, the fate of dupers was somewhat unclear, and the community was rallying to try to get Amazon to permaban them. And that is exactly what Amazon has been doing, and cleaning up their messes after the fact. The economy seems mostly stabilized for now, and while it is probably only a matter of time until the next dupe exploit is found, now players know for sure that you can be permabanned for using it, so it’s probably not worth the risk. A happy ending for all.
Now, onto the game’s other issues…