Hah, you thought this one was going to be about Daybreak. But it’s not. No, today’s Daily Grind was actually inspired by something Guild Wars 2 icon @that_shaman posted earlier this month. For curiosity’s sake, he linked to a rather old leak (not of his making, to be clear) from Guild Wars 2 supposedly of a very early version of the Sandswept Isles map. Only there was one problem: It turned out to be, as he put it, “a well timed and convincing fake,” as confirmed by ArenaNet.
“When that image came out, we panicked for a split second before taking a closer look,” ANet’s Linsey Murdock explained. “Sandswept Isles never looked like that during development. It was a good educated guess since the PoF map showed the cube (which did move during development) and a nicely done photoshop. Sorry to break it to you but that ‘leak’ was faked.”
Maybe it’s because my job demands we be laser-focused on the truth all the time, but stuff like this fascinates me. Why would anybody go to so very much trouble to anonymously craft and post a fake? What do they get out of it exactly? Who puts that much work into a troll that will eventually be outed? I dunno the answers. But I can sure see why the community (and even @that_shaman) fell for this one because I likely would’ve too.
What would you say is the greatest hoax or fake leak in all of MMORPG history?