Blizzard has temporarily stopped the trading of items in its popular game, Diablo 4, due to an exploit that allows players to duplicate items. The issue was brought to light by players and officially acknowledged by the game’s community manager, in a forum post.
In a message posted on the Diablo 4 official forum, he stated, “We’ve suspended player trading in Diablo 4 until further notice due to a duplication exploit.” He added, “We are working on a fix to amend this issue and will update you once we’ve reinstated the ability to trade. We will continue to monitor this activity to ensure a healthy playing experience for all. Any account that engages in gold and item duplication exploits will be actioned in accordance with our End User License Agreement.”
Although he did not go into detail about the duplication exploit, players on the forum have speculated that it has to do with summoning one of the Season 2 bosses, Echo of Duriel. This boss is notable for dropping ‘Uber Unique’ items. Ordinarily, summoning Duriel requires players to go through a series of steps, including defeating other bosses, to collect the required materials. It seems that the exploit may bypass some of these steps, allowing for item duplication.
The suspension of item trading has raised quite a few eyebrows in the Diablo 4 community. Trading is an integral part of the game, and its absence, even briefly, disrupts gameplay and player interaction. Some players are also concerned about the potential for unfair advantages that could arise from those who exploited the bug before it was discovered.
Blizzard has thanked the community for reporting the exploit and asked for patience as they work to resolve the issue. In the meantime, trading remains suspended, and Blizzard is monitoring activities to maintain a balanced and fair experience for everyone.