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Kingdom of the Sky Q&A #2

Posted by Dana Massey on Feb 10, 2006  | Comments

Kingdom of the Sky Q&A #2 - EverQuest II -

Scott Hartsman, the Senior Producer of EQII: Kingdom of the Sky, answers more questions - including one interesting item on botters - in our latest Q&A. In the last four months the presence of botters and farmers has dramatically increased on many of the more populated servers. Many players have noticed and reported botters and farmers, but for the most part the problem seems to be growing, not declining. Has the development team recognized this as a potential issue and is their anything that can be done?

Scott Hartsman: Ah, botters. This remains a topic that’s near and dear to me. This has been a lot more than a potential issue to us. It’s been a large issue to us.

In trying to “build a better mousetrap,” as it were, we continue to make changes to the ways we’re able to automatically detect them even when they go unreported, as well as make improvements in how quickly we’re able to act once a report comes in.

In addition to catching people doing this in game, one thing we are now a lot better at since the last time I’ve commented on the subject is aiming for the source. The illicitly gained in-game currency that botting yields as a result. This weekend, for instance, we got rid of a couple ‘bot rings that had stashed away a very sizeable chunk of platinum and about 100 accounts used to generate it. It’s a daily effort for us.

It’s always fun to see which sites suddenly list “Nothing for sale!” after we do that.  

You can read the entire Q&A here.