A Diablo 3 "God Mode" exploit was found, and quickly hotfixed by Blizzard, that made Wizards completely invulnerable. I knew I picked the best class. The bug was reported on the official Blizzard forums and was confirmed to be working within the game from a wide variety of users.
UPDATE: Several gamers are commenting on the official Blizzard forums that the bug has not been fixed. We've reached out to Blizzard for an official statement regarding the bug, and when we hear back we'll be sure to give you more info on what's going on.
UPDATE 6:30 PM 7/23/2012: Blizzard has finally released a statement regarding the bug:
We are currently rolling out a hotfix for a recent bug regarding invulnerable Wizards. 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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing the Hacks Report web form. In your correspondence, please include any steps necessary to replicate the issue as well as any additional details you are able to provide.
The exploit only worked for Wizards, but you could play on either game mode (normal or hardcore) which offers unique conseqences in a game like Diablo 3. Check after the break to see what I mean.
Before we even go in to the consequences, let's take a look at how easy the exploit was to pull off:
- Select Teleport - Fracture. Bind it to a key
- Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon
- Hover your mouse over or near your charcter
- Press Teleport
- QUICKLY(!) Press Archon
That's it! In five easy steps, Wizards were basically becoming Gods and ransacking their way through Sanctuary to get the best loot possible, and I'm not sure I blame them.
The problem is that, with the inclusion of Blizzard's Real Money auction house, some of these players could have used this exploit to get some of the best gear in the game, without trying, and thrown it up on the Auction House for ridiculous, real life prices. That means people are exploiting Blizzard's game for real life profit, which isn't fair to the little guys who can't go invulnerable within five keystrokes.
The bug's already been fixed, and I imagine that those who put anything up on the AH will be permanently banned if Blizzard can find out who those folks are. However, I'd like to know if you think that those people should get banned for abusing a known bug, or if you think it's Blizzards fault for not fixing it sooner? Let us know in the comments.