New World’s economy is in shambles thanks to an item duping glitch

Amazon has disabled trading in New World after players discovered an item duping glitch over the weekend.

Players of Amazon’s New World got busy this weekend after a new glitch was discovered and brought to light. The item duping glitch allowed players to duplicate a large variety of in-game items at no cost.

The duplication of trophies, perhaps, was the most notable. Trophies, which buff a player in the world, are rare and expensive, so duping one and selling it would immediately make a player rich. This eventually caused the market price for endgame trophies to drop rapidly, spoiling the game’s economy and ruining the income of players who had gotten their trophies legitimately.

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While initially reported via back channels, players took to the forums and were more publicly vocal about the methodology after Amazon Games took no action against the glitch. The following forum post was written by a player named Poverty:

“I saw the other post on a potential trophy duplication and thought I’d throw a few minutes at replication. Turned out to be very easy to do. I was on the fence about posting the details like this but previous attempts from my Company mates on reporting item duplication fell on deaf ears. Out in the open seems to be the only way to go.”

This finally sparked a response, as seen from a recent message from the Community Manager:

“Hi all, We are aware of a possible duplication exploit that has been circulating the forums and social media. We are disabling all forms of wealth transfer between players (ie. sending currency, guild treasury, trading post, player to player trading) while we investigate. Any player that has engaged in the use of this exploit will be actioned against.”

“Once the duplication exploit has been investigated and we are ready to turn on wealth transfer again, we will update this post.”

“Thank you for your understanding.” 

Once again, the New World economy has been disabled, sparking outrage amongst its players. While there is a general consensus amongst the playerbase that the banning of exploiters is well-deserved, players are more upset with the lack of initial response from the developers and the fact that this is the second time the game has had to temporarily halt players-to-player transactions and other features that involve the exchange of in-game items or currency.

As of the time of writing this article, Amazon has given no timeframe as to when these features may return.

You can read New World‘s statement regarding the item duping glitch here.