In the month since its official release, Amazon’s MMO New World has been no stranger to technical issues. Ranging from long queues to problems with offline auctions, it has seen its share of controversy. With that said, Amazon has now addressed what was perhaps the most dangerous oversight in the game. According to a post from a community manager on the New World forums, the chat exploit has been fixed with the fix enabled. in each region.
For those who don’t know, the New World chat exploit allowed all kinds of unintended behavior depending on what players decided to type. Customers of the New World server viewed in-game chat as a way to inject and modify in-game code. While this can be used harmlessly enough to spam images spanning player screens, only one line of code could also have more important ramifications.
With the correct line of code entered, any player hovering their cursor over the chat would experience a brutal crash. According to an explanation by a professional coder, this oversight was a direct result of the way New World handled its chat boxes. Anything typed in the chat box was treated as straight HTML code rather than a container in the HTML code.