Trading between Diablo 4 players has been temporarily halted while the game’s developers attempt to fix a newly discovered duplicate exploit.
This isn’t the first time Blizzard has had to step in and stop in-game transactions, having taken the same action back in August in response to exploits that allowed players to duplicate gold and items. Season 1 has since been replaced by Season 2, with the current exploit possibly having something to do with one of the latter’s bosses.
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“We have suspended player trading in Diablo IV until further notice due to a duplicate exploit,” community manager Rich Bantegui wrote in a post on the game’s official forums.
“We are working on a solution to resolve this issue and will update you once we have restored the ability to trade,” he continued. “We will continue to monitor this activity to ensure a healthy gaming experience for everyone.”
Finally, Bantegui stated, “Any account that performs gold and item duplication exploits will be penalized in accordance with our End User License Agreement. We thank you for reporting this exploit to us and for your patience.”
While the community manager didn’t identify exactly what the exploit under investigation involves or entails, some players on the forum (thanks, VGC) seem to be suggesting that it could be the repeated summoning of Echo of Duriel.
According to one forum user, “the items needed to summon Duriel can be copied, thousands of them are currently being copied.” If this is the case, it potentially means that those using the exploit have the potential to farm uber-unique items by defeating the boss over and over again without having to make the necessary preparations to face him to enter the fight.
We will update this article as soon as possible when Blizzard releases an update announcing that trading has been restored in Diablo 4.
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