So … a gamer meets a glitch. It’s a love story as old as gaming itself, glitches can be infuriating or they can come bearing many gifts. Well, now one developer is standing up to those who open those pretty gifts and retribution is being served. The hero that The Division deserves is Ubisoft.
Gamers that have taken advantage of the Falcon Lost Incursion boss glitch in The Division are potentially facing some punishment. Ubisoft, who is no stranger to a plethora of glitches – for better or for worse, recently revealed what they plan to do in reparation for actions that they see are a violation of their “code of conduct.” The glitch in question is a means to make an incredibly difficult mission exponentially easier in order to get that sweet, sweet loot. It effectively brings the boss fight down to an incredibly easy difficulty setting as well as bypassing the waves of enemies by using the mobile cover skill in order to glitch the player through the mission area.
Natchai Stappers, Ubisoft’s community manager, made a statement that the company is taking this ‘misconduct’ seriously and is actively seeking to penalize any player that has ‘knowingly’ exploited the glitch found during Falcon Lost.
“We are working on fixing the exploit. Obviously it is against our Code of Conduct and the team is looking into what can be done in terms of punishment for those who have exploited.”
It is interesting to see Ubi take such a firm stance when very similar glitches have been utilized in previous titles and never mind the fact that the glitch exists in the first place because of a weakness born from the developers themselves. Though I will give them this: I am impressed that they are showing concern over keeping the game fair and seem committed to the upkeep of the game itself. Live and let patch.
The glitch has since been patched (oh, no!) and Ubisoft has deployed a server-side hofix. As far as what the “punishment” is, we can only guess. Temporary ban, stern warning? Whatever the punishment dealt, I am sure we are all eagerly awaiting the verdict.