Diablo II Realm Hack Fixed
9:18 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story
Freedom from hacks, cheating and 'trained' characters was one of the selling points of Blizzard's Diablo II, as that developer learned their lessons from past experience. By storing all pertinent information on remote servers, character data was supposedly out of reach of hackers, and online cheating was to be kept at a minimum. This weekend that cheat-free world, known as the "Realm," had its first breach. An amateur hacker wrote a small patch which allowed players to turn on "Hostile" mode anywhere. Normally, hostile mode can only be turned on in certain areas, and in violence-free towns players are normally safe. "Player Killing," The practice of killing another player for fun and profit, became much easier with the release of this patch.
The sight of this hack struck fear into the hearts of those whose experience of the original Diablo was ruined by rampant hacks and cheating. This time around Blizzard took quick action and patched the Diablo II realm servers, making them safe again. Blizzard left this message in the Diablo II forums explaining the situation:
All Realms have been updated with new software that breaks the Realm hostility hack.Even though Blizzard stopped this problem, one wonders what else could be done to break the "unbreakable" Realm servers. In fact, the hack's creator reports that he has two more ready for release within the next couple of weeks. Only time will tell if Blizzard will be able to plug the holes or if online play in Diablo II will share the same ignominious fate as the original.
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