New World’s economy was recently shut down on two separate occasions over the last month, due to in-game duplication exploits. Developer Amazon Game Studios detailed how they are dealing with those who abused the exploits, as well as the economic issues these parasites created in a new developer update.
“The remaining duped items have continued to hurt many player’s experience,” the post states. “It didn’t affect all players or worlds equally, and also more significantly impacted players who were pursuing end game goals and gear. We apologize for the impact this has had on some of our most dedicated players. It’s disheartening to see others cheat to obtain what you have worked so hard to achieve, while also hurting the economy in the process.”
That being said, Amazon has banned more than 1,200 players for abusing various coin/item duplication exploits. The studio’s first pass through the game on November 2nd ended with the removal of more than 80% of duplicated coins and items. As of November 15th, 98% of the remaining duped coins and items have been cleared from New World. Amazon says the small remaining percentage of duplicated items that will remain in the game’s economy is a result of players stumbling across the problem but did not take advantage of it. Those players won’t be banned for this action.
Amazon added that it hasn’t seen a significant uptick in the amount of max level gear following the discovery of the item exploit. Much of these items were removed when these exploiter accounts possessing the armor were banned.
“We are working to improve our response time and will remain vigilant against players who violate our ToS,” the developer update states. “Exploits will not be tolerated, and penalties can and will include permanent bans for those players using them. Our team is working tirelessly to continue our investigations, and preventing future dupes from happening by correcting or replacing game systems that can be attacked.”