Amazon has announced that it will be taking measures to ban players who recently exploited a glitch in New World‘s 1.0.3 update, which brought server transfers to the game.
As reported by PCGamer, the “gold dupe” glitch allowed players to duplicate gold and items. How it works is that if players sent gold to another player and logged off and then logged back in again, the gold they traded beforehand would still be in their inventory. Of course, word of this glitch spread quickly.
Amazon addressed the glitch in a statement and said that “players found deliberately using this condition to gain advantage will be banned for exploiting. We will also remove items or gold received where appropriate.”
Additionally, to curb this glitch further, players who exploited it may be temporarily unable to log in with their character. This should resolve itself within two hours, but if it lasts longer, Amazon says players should contact customer service.
This is a bit different from how EA handled its recent glitch with FIFA 22 Ultimate Team competitive mode. Like Amazon, EA issued temporary bans but didn’t do anything to take away the rewards from those who already exploited the glitch.
New World players exploiting a way to earn more gold may have something to do with the currency crisis currently plaguing the MMO. Unlike other MMORPGs, New World is undergoing a currency deflation where gold is being hoarded for being more valuable than crafting items. This has led New World players to adopt a barter system rather than spend their precious coins.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter at @yinyangfooey.