Some things never presage good news. Case in point: Wizardry Online
has been hit with what appears to be a round of hacking and item duping, leading to hyperinflation
and a great deal of player outrage on the forums
. Exact figures about how much gold was dumped into the economy are hard to come by, but most players seem to agree that it's a matter of several million gold sometimes foisted on unwitting victims.
After claiming that the matter was being investigated, Sony Online Entertainment
representatives locked some of the threads related to the topic
while simply stating that suspensions had been issued and further discussion did not help the community. No statements have yet been issued regarding permanent bans or any potential rollbacks to the environment.
What long-term effects this will have on the game's viability remain unclear, although several players are protesting SOE's apparent lack of action quite vigorously.