[UPDATE] Blizzard working to correct exploit for wizard class, penalties for abusers not yet known; hotfix now available that remedies recent bug.
A bug allowing Diablo III players to make their characters invulnerable has been in use by players for at least a day, and Blizzard is still working on a fix for the issue. The exploit, which can be triggered by a wizard using a combination of skills and skill-modifying runes, renders the player fully invulnerable to damage for an indefinite length of time.
Diablo III's official forums have exploded with criticism from players, questioning why Blizzard has not sent out a fix or shut down servers to curb negative effects on both the game and its accompanying real-money auction house (several reports indicate players easily "farming" the game's most difficult areas and modes). "We're working on the bug, just no announcement of when we're fixing it yet," said one Blizzard quality assurance employee in response to forum complaints.
[UPDATE] After the publication of this story, Blizzard issued a statement on the matter, confirming that a hotfitx for the invulnerable wizard bug is presently rolling out.
"We are currently rolling out a hotfix for a recent bug regarding invulnerable Wizards," reads a line from the statement. "We will continue to carefully monitor this issue and welcome anyone with information about bugs or hacks to submit a detailed report to our Hacks Team."
It is not yet known how or if players who use the exploit will be reprimanded, or how any problems it causes with the real-money auction house will be rectified. GameSpot has reached out to Blizzard for comment on the matter and is awaiting an official response.
How could you punish people for using the system that Blizzard provided themselves? They?re not cheating by using bugs to their advantage, don?t like it Blizzard, fix it!
"It is not yet known how or if players who use the exploit will be reprimanded"
Wow. So they put a bug in their own game and when people find it and use it to their own advantage people think they should be reprimanded?! really? How about Blizzard be reprimanded by everyone sueing them with a class action lawsuit for putting in a game breaking bug that didn't provide them with the advantage too if they weren't using a Wizard?
The gaming industry is dumb. Every other industry something like this, that could have potentially effected the consumer negatively, is handled with reimbursements to the consumer.
This has been Blizzard's m.o. for years. There is (or was, not sure if it's still there) in WoW that allowed players to glitch their way under the hub city of Stormwind. Blizz punished players who used it, even if they justused it for the fun factor and not to cheat.
It's Diablo..this will happen..people will hack this game (or try to) til no end..Did any of you ever play Diablo 1 or 2? lmao(I dare you to pick up a diablo battlechest..D1 and D2 are the games in it for 30 bucks..both are hacked to hell on the servers.)This is one of the MAIN reasons D3 is online only..harder to code/crack..Basides..Blizzard lets you sell on the RMAH to cut spam/hacking aswell..so..your money is involved..so this is bad for that yes..but anticipated none the less..(And..if there were no money involved..this game would have been left to modding communities like edgeofnowhere.cc etc. just like d1/2 sc etc etc etc.)
oh this would be so cool, if i had actually bought the game. instead, i purchased max payne 3, which was money well spent. blizzard you will not see any cash from me, im going to torchlight.
Diablo III has it's problems, but this really doesn't seem newsworthy. Time to hop on the bandwagon Gamespot! Shame on you...
I have to agree with the comments, D3 is a HUGE disapointment. All the anticipation only to be shot down by the infernal online requirement for single player and all the bugs. I have got to the stage where I just don't care if I never play again.
Agree that Titan Quest is great but The Witcher is even better. Awesome characters and story line. My favourite game!! Going back to replay The Witcher and Witcher 2.
They fixed the Wizard exploit, but the Barbarian one still remains. The crazy thing, is that both exploits have been around since day 1 and only until recently they become widely known, some people have made significant amounts of money from the RMAH using the exploits, makes you wonder how Blizzard is going to get out of this.
I'm not sure why we keep getting news articles every time this game gets a notable bug. When I used to play Everquest back in the day EQ had plenty of bugs, but the only time it seemed to hit the news for a bug was when they upgraded the graphics engine, and all our character's clothes vanished. Ah, good times...
I agree. I was a big everquest fan, and I remember spending endless hours in the butcherblock mountains camping aquagoblins for their loot because it sold for unreasonable amounts of gold, until they fixed it. was it a pain for people?... yes, unfair to some?... yes, but I will never forget the countless nights my friends and I killed hundreds of aquagoblins, and, bug or not, an unforgetable experience, and thats are what games are all about.
Oh Blizzard. Just one thing after another with Diablo 3 isnt it to tarnish it's already average reputation.
Meanwhile I am enjoying Diablo 2 because it's complete, bug fixed, and I can play it whenever I want because it doesnt require an internet connection
Supposedly, despite having like 400 mf on and invulnerbility the loots still sucked. I swear they hotfixed the loot the last time around. More drops but worse rolls on loot.
Diablo 3 = Boring, buggy, exploit filled, overpriced, pay 2 win ect. Maaaaaan this game just keeps on disappointing me! I dont have too many issues with the whole DRM thing aside from the fact that you may not be able to play whenever you want to but it doesnt help that the game feels really over priced and unfinished.
@iluvOP I stopped playing a while ago. It sickens me too, but the game simply isn't fun. I don't mind grinding for gear, because basically that is what D2 was, but at least in D2 you felt like you were rewarded for the grind. In D3, it is simply torture.
@sharpnickelz Its not a game its a BUSINESS!....duhhhh
o_O Sorry for the sarcasm but that's what it feels like nowadays. Who cares how fun it is as long as it makes money. Speed that hype train up boys!
I find it ironic how just last week there was an article about the Blizzard CEO/Exec stating the 'always on' connection was not there to combat hackers and that it was meant to 'enhance the experience' instead.
Then, this week they make public a hack/bug that allows your character to be invincible. I wonder if that was timed on purpose? Otherwise we'd be right to complain about the always-on connection having not actually helped prevent these kind of bugs/hacks. It's like Blizzard gave themselves a scapegoat right before needing one.
Why punish the players? Blizzard should punish themselves. Too bad I couldnt get on in time to use this exploit.
I'm just kidding here OK but aren't wizards masters of magic? It's a just logic getting invincible through spells, black magic etc.
Diablo 3 is a game that's dripping with potential, but really just failed to realize a lot of it out of the gate.
They really need to stop trying to make this game like WoW, and they need to remove the necessity for both the GAH and RMAH for progression.
There are definitely a lot of problems with this game, and I'm not sure Blizzard is in the right mindset to fix them in the way they should.
I can't believe they took 4 years to develop this game. It has some pretty nasty bugs for that much development.
@nugasaesacnume I think I know what happened. They were sitting on their butts, yawning and drinking coffee for 9 years and then remembered that they should make D3 and they made it in less than a year. the outcome looks like that atleast.
@nugasaesacnume 6 year 6 :))))
So glad I didn't spent my money on this "MMO wanabe..."
I'll just continue to play the good old Titan Quest while I wait for Torchlight 2.:P
@kassadorTitan Quest really is an amazing game and people who are frustrated with Diablo III should definitely try it. I had so much fun with it when it came out, it's a shame it didn't get nearly the attention it deserved.
One of the reasons I didnt buy Diablo 3 and warned my pals not to get it was because of the idiotic always online requirement. Many people rightly predicated that there were gonna be major problems with this and as the weeks went by there were right.
@firehawk998 Blizzard could of made a single player only component to the game, but where D2 really shined was the Battle.net ladder system and I'm assuming because of that success, Blizzard opted to center D3 around Battle.net.
There must have been a rush to get Diablo 3 out the door. It just seems to be one bug after another. I'm happy I didn't buy this one.
They're not going to ban ANYONE, since almost EVERYONE has tried this bug to finish Inferno. Also, the community is shrinking and the game is dying, this bug has been around since day1 and they never cared to fix it. They can't ban or no one will play the game anymore.
If only people could hone their skills offline, away from those glitchers. Oh well, abusive DRM is pure failure.
The game sucks, period. Not surprised one bit about them not fixing a potential game-breaking bug, they have the RMAH to focus on that essentially makes the game a subscription service, but because there is no subscription, they don't HAVE to regularly and completely fix things.
First of all, who created this game? And then who would get banned from playing this game? If there is anyone that got punished for exploiting this bug then I'm dropping Blizzard for good. This company first made a game with lousy requirements and then penalizes people who found out that this is also a lousy game.
"It is not yet known how or if players who use the exploit will be reprimanded"
What is known, however, is that the player who brought the matter to the attention of Blizzard will be shunned by their peers in the same manner a classmate might after reminding their teacher to assign homework.
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