(PRWEB) June 18, 2012
Blizzard proved on 5/31/12 that they will be watching carefully for exploits within their game and dealing with them as quickly as they arise. Earlier in the morning an exploit on how to gain an average of 300,000 experience points per 3 minutes went viral, spreading across Diablo 3 fan sites like wildfire. Mere hours later, Blizzard took their servers down and instituted a hotfix, effectively stopping the exploit.
The experience boosting exploit was fairly complicated and involved abusing the checkpoint system that exists within Diablo 3. Essentially one player would make a game and kill Zoltun Kulle, a sub boss in act II. Before completing the next part of the quest (touching the Black Soulstone Kulle was guarding) other players would join the game in progress to receive the checkpoint for killing Kulle, and then exit the game. The player being power leveled then touched the Black Soulstone to receive experience points and gold for completing the quest. The player would then return to town to receive a second experience point reward for moving on to the next quest. All of the players who made copies of the game’s state without the Black Soulstone being touched would then create new games and the player being power leveled would join these games and receive credit for the two quests over and over again. This process could be easily and rapidly repeated, causing players to gain an average of 300,000 experience points every 3 minutes when performed on Nightmare difficulty.
Blizzard quickly put their foot down on the exploit after it became publicized. The first websites began giving information about how to do this power leveling trick at approximately 11 am EST, and Blizzard had servers down for a hotfix at 2 pm EST. Blizzard’s rapid response to the exploit quickly and decisively stopped players from abusing the game’s checkpoint system for easy experience points. Patch 1.0.2a, as it is called, took about 2 hours of downtime and quashed the exploit. The hotfix greatly reduced the rewards for completing the portion of the quest that involves collecting the Black Soulstone, and completely removed the rewards for returning to town after grabbing the soulstone. These changes have made the exploit a completely ineffective way of quickly gaining experience.
Blizzard’s rapid response and effective solution shows they are prepared to battle against exploiters. Forums across the web are praising Blizzard for a job well done in handling this situation. It would appear as though Blizzard is devoted to staying on top of those looking to abuse the system to get ahead.
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