So, first there was an alleged “APEX Duplication” exploit in ArcheAge, then according to Scott Hartsman (Trion Worlds CEO), there wasn’t one. Now there is again and Trion Worlds has officially suspended all APEX purchases until they can work with XL Games on fixing the “bug that can be exploited.”
Other players chiming in on the duplication are claiming that APEX isn’t the only item that can be duplicated using the bug. They allege that any boxes or items that require opening can be duplicated at will. APEX is just the marquee item that needs to be addressed first. Why? APEX is the cash link from the real world to ArcheAge’s economy.
For those that aren’t ArcheAge players, APEX is an item that can be purchased using real world currency. Think of it as a token. When you open this token in game you get credits which can be used to buy cash shop items, pay for patron status, or the APEX can be sold on the auction house. Think of it as a way for players that don’t want to shell out cash to be able to buy patron time or cash shop items with their in game gold and allowing those that want to spend some real money to make in game gold.
Boy if an item that did that could be duplicated, you’d have yourself a world of problems. Problems which ArcheAge is dealing with right now.
Currently, there is no estimated date for APEX sales to resume but since this directly impacts the ability for Trion Worlds and XL Games to make money, you would think they won’t be down for long. Let’s just hope this is the last time they have to resort to this action, since it certainly hasn’t been the first time they had to do so.