A "God Mode" exploit that makes Wizard-class players invincible has reportedly been found in Blizzard’s Diablo III.
The exploit has (understandably) sparked concern, as players rampaging around in invincible mode will obviously have an advantage collecting and selling lucrative in-game items at the real-money auction house.
"I think I'm just done with Blizzard. There is nothing left of the games I once knew but nostalgia and a hope that they'll do the next one right," one angry commenter wrote on Kotaku.
"In every recent launch I see blatant greed, horrible business and game design decisions, a desire to make everything as easy as possible and as close to a Skinner Box as possible without being 100% obvious to the sheep."
Invincibility for Wizard-class players can reportedly be achieved by following these steps:
Step 1: Select Teleport - Fracture. Bind it to a key
Step 2: Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon
Step 3: Hover your mouse over or near your character
Step 4: Press Teleport
Step 5: QUICKLY(!) Press Archon
The long-awaited Diablo III went live on May 15, 2012 and was immediately plagued by server downtime due to overwhelming demand. Nevertheless, Blizzard has done its best to address various complaints - including initial limitations placed on players - by coding a series of hot patches based on user feedback.
"We’ve had an enormous amount of feedback since the launch. I speak for everyone at Blizzard when I say that we appreciate the passion and affection many of you have for the Diablo series," Blizzard president Mike Morhaime wrote in an official forum post last week.
"We truly believe 'Every Voice Matters,' so I want to thank you for sharing your experiences in an effort to help us improve the game. Your support makes it possible for us to continue doing what we do, and we never take that for granted."