Lost Ark's battle with bots on the western servers is far from over. This comes on the heels of a massive ban wave earlier in March that removed over a million bot accounts from the western servers. However, there are still a lot of bot accounts creating issues in the game and Amazon Games has taken cognizance.
Given the nature of the title, it's easy to expect that there will be bots to farm resources. However, there are several aspects of the game that are extremely grind-intensive. As a result, players often try to take the easy way out by using bots that automatically perform repetitive tasks.
While this may not affect other players directly, it's still an unfair practice. Additionally, bots are illegal in Lost Ark as they create differences in player levels even when two players invest the same hours.
Amazon Games plans to ban more Lost Ark bot accounts
The use of bots in Lost Ark is also heavy due to the accessible nature of the game. It's completely free-to-play, which encourages players to take illegal risks. If one of their accounts gets banned, they don't lose anything financially.
Amazon Games has already banned over a million accounts on the Western version accused of using bots. But as per official information, the curbs won't stop as there are plans for even more bans in the coming days.
"We know this will not fix the situation by itself and there are still bots present the game, so we want to provide reassurance that this was just one step in an ongoing battle."
The developers are also working to ensure that the creation of bots becomes more difficult. This is a positive plan as it will reduce the workload on the part of the developers as lesser bots will mean lesser work.
"Beyond that, we are also working on internal methods and tools to make it much more difficult for bots to enter the game, especially at the current rate they are being created. These updates will soon be on their way to the game."
Amazon Games has also informed that they're aware that many players are engaging in illegal practices in-game. For example, they're using bots to farm gold and other resources and directly trade them with players.
"We’ve also heard player concerns about the effect these bots may have on the in-game economy when it comes to gold buying and selling, and we are closely monitoring this situation. We have changed the gold reward to silver for some Rapport and Guide Quest rewards in order to prevent the abuse of these systems by botters and gold farmers."
While there have been changes to the quest and rewards system in Lost Ark, there will likely be further action in the future.
It remains to be seen when the next set of changes to control bots will be implemented in the game. However, reducing the bot accounts will also likely help the developer control server overload.
Since its launch, Western servers, especially Europe Central, have suffered from long queue times. The situation gets even worse when real players suffer from this situation due to the presence of bots. However, with a lot of accounts getting bans, the situation has somewhat improved to the relief of the players.