Secret World Legends may be punishing groups for farming XP

Here’s your public service announcement for Secret World Legends: You may want to avoid grouping up to farm mobs and XP on the map, as some players have reported being suspended and even banned from the game for doing so.

“Last night I ran out of Transylvania quests while being in queue for three or four hours,” one player posted. “PVP is disabled, so I ended up joining a group that was just running around killing everything in sight for about five hours. Its good XP but boring as dirt. Today I get on and find I am suspended. Check my email and it says I was suspended for using an exploit to gain XP, AP, and SP? Grouping up and killing mobs mindlessly for hours is an exploit? Trust me if I had anything else to do I would have done it. How is that an exploit? If grouping up and killing mobs is an exploit you might want to warn people.”

While Funcom has yet to publicly address the issue, players are hypothesizing that there’s a bug that allows for unintended extra XP to pour in while completing bounties. If the studio’s GMs consider this an exploit, then perhaps this is why action is being taken.

We’ve reached out to Funcom for clarification and will report back when we have it!

Source: Reddit, #2. Thanks DugFromTheEarth!
Update: In a statement to Massively OP this afternoon, Funcom Community Manager Andy Benditt wrote that the exploit allowing groups to rake in absurd amounts of XP has been fixed, reiterating comments made on Discord earlier today.

“No one need worry about jumping in with some friends and simply farming XP – you’re totally fine,” he told us. “Based on the data we accumulated, we suspended a small number of players that were grossly abusing this issue before a fix could be deployed.”

If you believe you’ve been unfairly sanctioned, reach out to Funcom support; Benditt says that the studio is “happy to follow up on and investigate specific cases as they’re brought to [its] attention.”

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Mewmew

“While Funcom has yet to publicly address the issue, players are hypothesizing that there’s a bug that allows for unintended extra XP to pour in while completing bounties. If the studio’s GMs consider this an exploit, then perhaps this is why action is being taken.”

Um, you got to be kidding right? No, the GMs don’t consider running around playing the game normally for long periods of time to be an exploit, grouped or not. *If* they indeed aren’t doing anything wrong and only ran around grouped and playing then obviously this is some exploit catcher program falsely flagging people.

We don’t really know if there’s something more that they’re not saying that they’re trying to get away with that they were doing (doing something like purposely de-grouping and re-grouping to stack up the same quest and xp multiple times or something sort of like that). But if they’re just playing it’s extremely obviously not something Funcom considers an exploit, just playing in a group for long periods, and this is just them being flagged incorrectly.

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Suikoden

ironically, that is how we used to level; just run around in a group and kill stuff for hours on end. And it blows my mind that Funcom of all companies is trying to blow the whistle at anyone, when people hacked Age of Conan for years, and they had proof, and still never did anything.

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Brown Jenkin

I definitely appreciate your posting the update, it was a good one to make after the initial headline.

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xpsync

OK so can we all return to gaming?

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Rottenrotny

PSA!

I saw that if you got banned for this to direct message the devs on Reddit.

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Bree Royce

Funcom has formally responded to our query; we’ve updated the post above with the studio’s statement.

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Utakata

Thank you, Ms. Bree…that response from Funcom sounds considerably more satisfying. My pigtails will now remain rested, until they hear otherwise on this. /bows <3

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

If this was indeed an exploit I think the account suspension time should be however long it would take an average casual player to earn however much XP the guilty parties farmed.

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Raul Gonzalez

Wow now you can’t even play it like any other normal rpg. REST IN PEACE TSW because Funcom with SWL has officially killed you. They could of just took down tsw and patch some of the changes they wanted to make but no fuck it. Relaunch it and then put the free to play nightmare borderline pay to win and features up it’s ass. Like they learn nothing from backlash seen in Perfect World mmos, and the other 100 Korea free to play mmos with loot box’s and keys. Also to put out there Star Wars the Old Republic when it went free to play how much we all dreaded and avoid that game at first.

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Buchi Buci

Reasonable thing would be to do the rollback, not ban people. -_-

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Tanek

I am starting to suspect that most cases of the word “ban” these days actually mean “suspension”. I am generally more for suspensions of varying lengths being used as punishment for exploits. An actual permanent ban from a game should be reserved for very specific violations.

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Tobasco da Gama

This is the standard horseshit. In all my time, I’ve seen maybe two or three “BANNED UNFAIRLY!!!!!” posts turn out to be legitimate. This isn’t one of them.

Edited to add this Discord screencap:comment image

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kgptzac

I believe this Eleziell person is permabanned… and for a good reason: intentionally disrupting the service of a game.

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Eleziel

No, unless i get unbanned i won’t come back. even then i might not. People love witch hunting people and will grab things without context. suddenly “it” “we” means “exploit” “i”.

I joined the group late, i did it for a couple of hours and got perma’d while people that did it for literally days got a 3 day ban. that’s what i think the issue is. they are incredibly inconsistent (i’m not the only one perma’d, at least one person who did it for 15-20 min was also perma’d) and i imagine a group of friends that played through the entire game in a group were affected as well.

Funcom’s lack of communication is what caused this mess. in literally every f2p and some b2p/p2p mmorpg i’ve played groups get substantial exp bonuses and you’re meant to farm monsters, just like it was in TSW. it makes no sense to ban people for their failure to communicate. rollback the exp and be done.

Quite a lot of people have been banned for no bannable offense, some in this, some from straight up buying a membership (fraudulent payment service, permaban till support gets back to them which is 2+ weeks) legitimately buying cash shop currency with normal currency earned through daily challenges and as bad as posting negative feedback (constructive even)

Also, i’m not the one who streamed it and made the servers get taken down, that was sir Farasalty

Overall i think Funcom is a bigger joke than Nexon nowadays.

Not to mention how insanely p2w the game is currently.

I don’t think this is a game worth playing beyond the main story in its current state – i’ll have to see how it is after steam release.

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Tobasco da Gama

Good riddance.

Though I’m sure he’ll be back. F2P and all. :/

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Tanek

Three or four years ago I was playing a game where something like this happened. Players were banned for an exploit that, to some degree, involved regular game mechanics like looting items, selling to or buying from a vendor, etc.

There were posts about how, “I only did such-and-such ONE time and was banned”. Until the developer stepped in and showed the scale of the exploit compared to what a normal player would experience. It was something like where a normal player would gain x amount that was unintended, the banned players had received 10 million times that amount. It was insane. And they did research claims where players said they had been banned without cause.

It is not impossible for players who were not exploiting the exploit to be caught in a ban/suspension. That’s why it is good when the developer looks into the complaints rather than issuing a blanket dismissal like I have seen some companies do.