Oops: Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.8 Introduces Duping Exploit
Diablo 3‘s Patch 1.0.8 went live yesterday. Unfortunately, the numerous improvements it brought to the game have been eclipsed by a massive exploit it introduced, one that allowed the duping of gold en masse. The resulting fallout has seen the Auction House taken down and has players concerned about the future of the game’s economy.
We’ve been following the evolution of this story closely, and according to the latest information from Blizzard, this is the current state of affairs:
- Blizzard has fixed the bug that allowed players to duplicate gold through the Auction House.
- The gold and real-money Auction Houses will remain offline in the Americas for the time being, and gold trades will also remain suspended. Item trades remain unaffected.
- Blizzard is performing audits on all transactions conducted through the Auction House, as well as trades in which gold was exchanged since the launch of patch 1.0.8.
- Blizzard is reviewing the accounts involved and dolling out temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans, as per policy.
- There is no current ETA for when the Auction House will be brought out of maintenance or gold trades will be reactivated.
- The Auction House will not be brought online by May 9, 10:00 a.m. PDT.
- There will be no server roll backs.
- Only the American server was affected.
To Roll Back, or not to Roll Back?
Before Blizzard made its decision regarding rolling back servers — ie, rewinding the clock to just before patch 1.0.8 landed, erasing all player progress made since the patch hit — the community was divided on the issue.
On one hand, players who were heavily invested into the game and its future tended to believe that sacrificing a few hours of progress to ensure that the market is not terribly damaged by the incident was the right thing to do. Others, with a mind for the casual players who don’t necessarily read forums, felt that being robbed of a great loot drop, or a great crafting roll, or that level or two of progress, would be unfair.
Community Manager Lylirra explained Blizzard’s decision to opt against a roll back, citing the company’s belief that a roll back would have a greater impact on the community than the aftershocks of the duping exploit. She wrote:
“We feel that this is the best course of action given the nature of the dupe, how relatively few players used it, and the fact that its effects were fairly limited within the region. [...] We know that some of you may disagree, but we feel that performing a full roll back would impact the community in an even greater way, as it would require significant downtime as well as revert the progress legitimate players have made since patch 1.0.8 was released this morning.”
Evidently, this claim calls into question just how much damage this exploit will do the the game’s economy.