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RIFT Update Targets Bots and Adds Cross-Server Grouping

Posted Thu, Jan 10, 2013 by Martuk

Trion Worlds is back from their time off for the holidays and has rolled out a new update for RIFT to deal with increased bot activity over the holidays and add a useful new feature. The holiday increase in botting has been met with a aggressive decrease as Trion announced that thousands of bot accounts were banned yesterday, bots that were created using stolen credit card information and fraudulent RIFT purchases as is often the case. As part of the update to deal with the bots, Trion posted an advisory message to players that usie automated keyboard software of possible problems that may be encountered over the next couple of weeks and what they can do to limit any issues.

While we were out for the holidays, there was a marked rise in both fishing and onslaught farming bots. We know that the vast majority of you are responsible, upstanding, and incredibly attractive Telaran citizens, but we do need to take a moment to remind everyone that automating play is a violation of the terms of service that will be acted upon.

As of today, we’ve already shut down a few thousand accounts over the recent rise in fishing botting, and we’ve begun removing gains from others in places of extreme bot use. A good number of these botters were brought in, as is often the case, on stolen credit cards and fraudulent Rift purchases.

That said, some folks do innocently use keyboard-assistance software while they’re at their computer. We’ve gone out of our way to make sure that differently-abled gamers are able to use the assist software that they need.

Unfortunately, for the next week or two, until the bot situation gets back under control, use of this software may intentionally be randomly unreliable, up to causing random disconnects. We ask that you please refrain from using keyboard automation software in the meanwhile.

For those who have no choice but to use this software due to a physical disability, we would like to make sure you’re still able to play. Drop a ticket to our CS staff if this temporary change does prevent you from playing entirely and we’ll see what we can do to remedy the situation for you.

As for onslaught botting, that will be handled via a more creative content solution that is currently in development, in a coming hotfix.

Once that solution is out in the wild, we’ll look into restoring standard functionality of assistance software.

Thanks for your reports and your patience!

- The RIFT Development Team

In addition to giving the bots the boot, Trion also added in the option for cross-shard group invites with the update. This handy new feature will allow players to group with friends on other servers for dungeons, raids, conquests and PvP warfronts.

The patch notes for update are available on the RIFT forums.

Source: RIFT 2.1 Hotfix #2 Patch Notes

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