New World, Amazon Game Studio’s first MMORPG, had a successful launch but the honeymoon period may be coming to an end as players are discovering some ridiculous bugs. Including one where players can inject HTML code directly into the game’s general chat and crash the game for unsuspecting players.
As reported by YouTuber Josh Strife Hayes and currently a hot topic on the New World subreddit is an apparent bug in New World with the text chat. Normally, a text chat is there so players can communicate with one another, but apparently, New World’s text chat has it so that it can accept HTML code outright.
Now, this has led to some pretty funny instances. People have used HTML to begin linking oversized images into the global chat, making it so that anyone in the instance will see some random picture of sausages while playing.
But, for trolls adept at HTML, they can also send injecting images coded to kick players out of the game if they hover over a specific word or picture.
As Hayes reports, this is not the first time this issue has happened in an MMORPG as World of Warcraft once had a similar bug. And it sounds like an easily fixable programming mistake though one that never should have been made in the first place.
When New World was finally released in September, it quickly became one of the most popular online games around. Players were so interested in trying out this new MMO that queues became hour-long waits, forcing Amazon to double servers.
But as the weeks progressed, more and more bugs have been discovered ranging from silly invulnerability cheeses to an actual currency crisis. This HTML bug is ultimately more of an inconvenience because while hovering over an image of a giant sausage that crashes your game might be annoying, it doesn’t appear to pose any serious security or data risk to other players.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
Additional reporting by Kat Bailey.