ArcheAge Unchained permabans 200+ accounts over ArchePass mission exploits

    
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If you were among the gamers protesting exploits in ArcheAge Unchained – or the ArchePass in general – then know that Gamigo has now acted on some of your complaints. The studio announced this afternoon that it’s reduced the gold influx from the missions and actioned accounts found to have exploited the missions over the last week since launch.

“With today’s hotfix, all ArchePass missions have had their maximum gold for completion reduced to 10g. Along with this, the weekly mission counter has been applied. After reviewing accounts that were abusing the previous high gold from world boss missions, we have permanently banned over 200 accounts. These accounts were participating in high level abuse of this system, which continued after the previous warning was given. We are continuing with additional efforts to clean up the aftermath, and will be tracking items or gold that were moved by offending accounts. We are working with XL to remove banned accounts from the leaderboard. This decision was reached due to the zero tolerance policy we have in place for violations of our Terms of Service, and we wanted to be very transparent with players on what actions have been taken. We take these issues very seriously, and will continue with this strict adherence to our zero tolerance policy on abuse and exploits. The team is committed to ensuring a level playing field and will not be providing second chances for accounts found in violation.”

The servers were pulled down for maintenance earlier today but should be online now. Gamigo’s also posted some tips for folks still wrangling with their Steam accounts.

Update 8:15 PM EDT
Now it appears Gamigo is walking back some of the bans. “The team has been reviewing accounts that were initially banned as part of the World Boss Quest ban wave,” the studio tweeted. “We banned all accounts that killed a number of world bosses close to the daily cap multiple days in a row. Accounts that were found to not be abusing resets were released.”

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Bruno Brito

LC Corruption – Alting, Exploiting, Blackmailing & Corruption from archeage

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I wanna tip my hat to everyone who paid to buy a game that was launched as a F2P and failed to keep up.

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squid

All streamers and most other banned players have been unbanned.

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Krista Allen

Bree, Gamigo walked back all the bans, please update the story.

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Baemir

jesus christ gamigo what are you doing

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Pepperzine

It is gamigo afterall lol people were so convinced things would go smoothly because it wasn’t trion while completely ignoring gamigo’s track record

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micedicetwice

Jesus, you people just hate everything Gamigo does without even thinking twice. Exploit? Stupid developers, now economic is ruined! Aknowledgment and incoming hotfix? They won’t fix it, you’ll see! They actually fixed it? They won’t ban people and the story will repeat itself! They banned people? They are banning people for their mistake! And now this.

The team has been reviewing accounts that were initially banned as part of the World Boss Quest ban wave. We banned all accounts that killed a number of world bosses close to the daily cap multiple days in a row. Accounts that were found to not be abusing resets were released.

They aren’t walking back all the bans, they re-checking bans so there won’t be any mistakenly banned people. Which is not perfect, because they should have done this before banning, but still better than what GW2 usually does, not looking at bans at all and denying there COULD BE mistakes altogether.

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL, the game has been out a week and already has to ban people. Welcome to open world PVP MMO’s. So glad I didn’t waste money on this mess.

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Drago

God they can’t win can they>?

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Armsbend

I have never understood this – even with decent companies that make good video games.

So the developers release and exploit. They completelyt fuck up. In AA’s case – ALL. THE. TIME.

People exploit something they mucked up to make something that doesn’t matter – like in game gold.

why not just take the gold away? or even forget about it? It is your untalented ass that released the exploit without testing – it’s is your fault LOSERS.

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Matthäus Wey

“People exploit something they mucked up to make something that doesn’t matter – like in-game gold.”

But it does matter in an economy driven game like ArcheAge. People can boost themselves into infinity trough gold which gives them, compared to players that did not use the exploit, a somewhat big advantage + breaking the economy. They also can’t just take away the gold because smart people transfer it instantly to mule accounts and whatnot which makes it nearly impossible to track.

“I have never understood this – even with decent companies that make good video games.”

It’s a logical step that shows there are consequences. If they simply ignore it everyone would do stuff which breaks the game sooner or later.

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Armsbend

so take the gold away – apologize to everyone for the poor job you weren’t capable of executing. Instead the mea culpa is blaming someone else for their shortcomings.

They are attempting, successfully, to change the narrative of players being the problem – when clearly they didn’t test it the Hacks.

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Kurt Shadle

I can’t believe I’m going to even partially defend AA but looks like I will. Any software, game or otherwise, is going to release with bugs. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect any companies testing efforts to be perfect.

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Armsbend

I don’t think it is realistic to ban people because of your mistakes. That is the only point I was trying to make.

BUT – in AA’s case – these are bugs in old parts of a 500 year old game.

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Thanos K.

It doesn’t matter what you think. You play their game, you accept their terms of service. If there was an ATM malfunctioning in my neighborhood i wouldn’t keep getting money from it and blame the bank for their mistake. I would simply stop getting money and call them to report the error.
I’m glad they banned those 200 accounts.

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Armsbend

It matters to you what I think. That is all that matters to me.

I am here, as I have been since the original ArcheAge launch – to sow feelings of doubt and misgivings about an inept developer – who has been dead intent on fleecing the public as much as they can from Day One.

Now, most people would say, “hey Arms – why waste your time? These people obviously hate themselves. Why do it? Just let them be who they want to be.”

Because my love for my fellow man in need is overwhelming. I am but a lowly acolyte for Ralph Nader. The original “troll” as companies would like to paint him. But no! He might have saved as many lives as anyone alive on the planet – General Motors be damned.

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Adam Russell

Once you have been warned of a particular exploit if you still use it it is 100% on you.

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Lily Cheng

“The banks had an error in their ATM machine that let people withdraw money endlessly, they released a public warning to everyone this was an error and they would be fixing this up. Despite being well aware of the error, I kept withdrawing hundreds and thousands of dollars and spent it all over the place with my newfound wealth.

The banks being the untalented asses and losers they are decided that everyone who abused this error should be left to roam free.”

Do you even understand how ridiculous what you are typing is yet?

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Fisty

Good. Ban em all.

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Bruno Brito

But then, the game wouldn’t have a management :P

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Bryan Correll

That might be an improvement.

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PanagiotisLial1

They arent doing bad despite these. Launches come bagged with problems but seriously some problems could had been solved easily. The other matter is they need better servers that can withstand a higher population number without getting to knees. Fragmenting the community into more servers isnt the good solution – its just the fast solution and I think they need a good solution to set the game for the longterm.

In other notes I finally made my house there. Its small one but I also got a farm and building a sawmill and a smelter too. Serial Crafter here – I wonder if I can place any crafting stations in this small house (Spring Rustic Cottage)