Lost Ark is proving to be a huge hit for Amazon, but with the growing number of players, bots often come. The MMORPG is still hitting highs of one million concurrent players on Steam two weeks after release (according to SteamDB), though reports of gold spamming and resource hoarding are only increasing in frequency.
More recently, players have reported that bots are grinding start areas to complete %, monopolizing large enemies and chain quests. Some of the posts are more text or image based, although there are videos in there. It’s mildly amusing to watch a band of Berserkers vaporize a big baddie in seconds while in unison.
One community bugbear that has been around since launch is spamming gold sellers in public chats. Several players have taken to the forums and subreddit to report that the issue continues to worsen. I’ve also played Lost Ark and it’s definitely frequent. As the name suggests, players can trick bots into spamming gold-selling messages in a public chat, which prevents people from hosting activities like dungeons.
In a recent major issues update, Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG explained that they were aware of the issue and have been frequently running scripts to ban them ever since. “We are actively working on improving our in-game moderation tools,” they said at the time. “We will continue to monitor, remove these gold spammers and take action as necessary.
“While we work on a more permanent fix for spammers in chat, you can create a new chat tab by clicking the ‘+’ icon in the chat box and selecting the chat types you want to include or exclude.This will allow you to hide the chat from the area.
New World, another Amazon-published MMO, has also seen its fair share of bot-related issues. Soon after launch, many of the top fishing and resource mining sites were inundated with bots. In fact, Amazon Games said battling bots was one of its main focus this month.
If you’re looking to get into Lost Ark on your own in the meantime, you can check out our Lost Ark beginner’s guide.