Over the past month, the authors of the MMORPG Throne and Liberty have announced a lot of changes to both PvE and PvP content to make their game better and fix all the shortcomings. But one problem remains without global fixes, and NCSOFT only eliminates massive consequences. We are talking about macros and bots that tirelessly farm high-level (currently levels 45-50) locations and kill thousands of monsters in the hope of knocking out valuable items.
Players use third-party automation tools in two cases:
- Lack of free time for tedious farming to obtain equipment or resources. At different stages of the game there was a shortage of both in-game gold and some resources. In addition, monsters can be used to obtain valuable equipment for your character or to be sold at auction for premium currency.
- Focused farming for reselling items and premium currency for real money (RMT). In this case, the characters’ equipment often consists of basic things, and mobs are killed with an assist by a group of characters. As practice shows, on all servers you can meet hundreds of such groups of characters in a variety of locations.
Messages periodically appear on the official forum calling on NCSOFT to deal with this problem, and South Korean YouTubers post dozens of videos analyzing this problem. For their part, the developers promised that they would fight automation, and on December 20 they reported on the first batch of banned accounts. Subsequently, the reports became more and more frequent, and now almost every day there is news about another blocking of several thousand accounts. But the problem is that the result is only partially noticeable, and in some cases it is not noticeable at all.
Many active players have already adapted to “silent friends”: they take on daily quests to kill mobs, taking into account the location of the bot train. To complete the quest, you just need to strike once, and the rest of the work will be done by a group of bots working around the clock.
At the moment, it remains a mystery what will happen in the global version of the game, where many more people will have access. And the chance of a repeat of the situation that was in the Western version of Lost Ark, where up to 50% of accounts were bots, is very likely.