Diablo III was hit with yet another exploit this week as players discovered a way to duplicate gold via a bug in the auction house. Blizzard responded by shutting down the auction house but did not perform a server rollback to reverse the damage. Path of Exile also released a new Letters of Wraeclast lore feature in its latest update.
Controversy hit the Diablo III community this week as a gold-duplicating exploit was discovered on the auction house. The exploit involved cancelling a bid on an auction within its final seconds, which returned the gold immediately and then returned it again when the auction ended. It’s not known how long this exploit has been in the game, but details of it went public this week and threw the game economy into chaos. Prices on good items were massively inflated and gold was rapidly devalued before Blizzard took the auction house down.
Rather than perform a server rollback, Blizzard decided to audit all transactions on the auction house in order to find those abusing the exploit. This unfortunately won’t repair the damage to the game economy as much of the gold had already been passed onto new owners and the biggest exploiters may have cashed their proceeds out of the game by now. Blizzard zeroed in on 415 exploiters before bringing the AH back online and donated their ill-gotten gains to charity.
This week’s Path of Exile update added several new cosmetic microtransaction items and a few secret vendor recipes. The patch also introduced a new Letters of Wraeclast feature that helps tell the backstory behind some of the game’s NPCs. Grinding Gear Games plans to add voice-acting for these letters soon. (FROM MASSIVELY)