ArcheAge Hacking/Banning Saga Continues...

Michael Byrne
By Michael Byrne, Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2014
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If you've been following the launch of ArcheAge even remotely closely you already know there have been many ups and downs. From long queue times initially, to DDoS attacks, land claim hacks, teleporting hacks, innocent bannings, Marketplace discounts that still aren't implemented...yeah we can stop there, it's been quite a ride.

Apparently the ride continues on! In an MMORPG (and most online gaming for that matter), hacking is (in most cases) a transgression worthy of a permaban. Yes, exceptions can of course be made based on severity and other factors, but usually the offenders get a one way ticket to the door.

Apparently that may not be the case in ArcheAge, or at least that's how some players perceived a response from Trion Worlds on the subject that was posted on the game's official forums. The thread has since been removed by Trion.

The initial post was in response to an instance of a player using a teleportation hack, being banned, and then being unbanned 24 hours later. Members of the Trion team stated that bans are of course investigated and while most bans stick, some are reversed based on situation. Another team member then added:

As Morgana said, we do investigate and the majority of bans do stand. Sometimes folks are still able to get away with some shady stuff, but our policy and procedure is improving every day in dealing with them. As we improve our detection and get better records, it'll be harder and harder for folks to get away with stuff like this.Locking this thread down as there is nothing more to be said on the subject.

Of course, this sent the forums into a frenzy accusing Trion Worlds of giving hackers a "second chance" and led to the original threads being pulled from the forums. Not content to simply let the topic disappear, multiple new forum posts have since sprung up (mostly to be closed rather quickly) including another post from Community Manager Scapes attempting to "clarify" their earlier posting:

Correcting posts made earlier this week, it is not our policy to apply an initial temporary ban for hacking. A permanent ban for hacking is our policy and we are reimplementing bans on relevant accounts, freezing the gains made from them.

Also, our Support Team is working to resolve appeals by legitimate accounts affected by our recent bans as rapidly as possible.

How this shakes out will be anyone's guess, but with multiple issues and instances of players having to run 3rd party applications to get the game to even run (I hate Hackshield), it's unlikely to get better for quite some time.

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Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne, Editor-in-Chief
Mike “Magicman” Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site’s current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

Discussion (32)

Baium 7 years ago
Game and company SUX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NobleNerd 7 years ago
I really wanted this game to be great. It had so many great concepts about 6 years ago when knowledge of the development came out in the US. I watched it for a long time, even played the RU version for a while. I played Trion's version since early beta into launch, but so many issues with the way it has been handled and so much of the world just feels void and empty, not to mention it is no where close to a Sandbox at all! This part of the game was so falsely advertised. As of about a week ago I have pretty much stopped playing the game. I doubt XL Games will be very fast to fix any issues, if at all. I leave this one to sit for now.

Bic Boi 7 years ago
I've never seen a commercial release of a game go south so fast. Bots, hacks..jesus christ, soon it'll be on life support if Trion doesn't pull their head out of their ass.

Mr Heartless 7 years ago
Why anyone would trust Trion is beyond me. Don't be a sheep who follows the multitude, think for yourselves, if you evaluate this game you'll see its just an old ass game brought to the West to make money off the crowd who likes games like WoW and lure in others who get fooled by the "f2p" tag.

Todoran 7 years ago
close this pice of sit down and use resources for rift

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antiscum 7 years ago
Tonns of bots, scammers, global chat hard to read, neverending goldseller spam, in eu server faction ballance is like 10% vs 90% and pay to win for all this mess

hovsep56 7 years ago
this game is hanging on cause of the unique systems they got even tough they got

-repititive combat
-crappy graphics
-shitty community
-shitty developer (steparu even hated that developer)
-worst f2p model i have seen

if they dint had those unique systems that game wouldn't even survive 6 months

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sniperman248 7 years ago
Wow thats sad that some people have to use third party to even gain access to ArcheAge, then again Hackshield is a flawed program that typically causes major problems within mmos most of the time it being access to the game, I still remember one game I downloaded that used hackshield yet I couldn't play the game because hackshield kept locking me out or crashing.

Dilan 7 years ago
This game is just an all-around mess. It's 2014 and the graphics look like a 2005 game. I mean they got all that Founder pack money and still couldn't hire some decent artists to make the game look nice? It's a buggy mess with hackers running around and bans everywhere. It's been a long time since I've seen a game so poorly handled.

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