In Final Fantasy XIV, the World First race to kill the new ultimate raid “The Omega Protocol” ran last week. Now a team has defeated the bosses, but they only reap scorn and ridicule.
This is Omega: Ultimate Raids are considered the hardest type of PvE content in FFXIV. They have extremely fast combat speed, require precise execution of mechanics and high DPS from players. Basically, they are only mastered by a very small percentage of FFXIV players.
The Omega Protocol is the latest Ultimate Raid that went online on January 24th. With the launch, the race for the first kill also started, as is often the case in MMORPGs. The boss fight consists of a total of 6 phases, which include different incarnations of Omega and fancy mechanics.
The race for the Ultimate Raids is always a big event in FFXIV. Usually, the MMORPG shoots into the top 5 most watched games in the Twitch charts in the first days of progress. When the Japanese team “Unnamed” posted a screenshot of their kill on January 30th, everyone initially assumed that the race was over.
“Is this the ban list?”
That happened: Shortly after Unnamed posted their kill screenshot, a video showing the view of one of their players surfaced on YouTube. In the video, you can see the team trying to solve one of the later mechanics of the fight using cheats:
- Zoom hack that allows you to get a better view of the battlefield by zooming out.
- Hitbox pixel cheat that shows the actual hitbox of the characters
- Cooldown tracker of other players and others.
Unlike WoW, such third-party tools are prohibited under the FFXIV Terms of Service. Since the MMORPG doesn’t have an anti-cheat system, it doesn’t prevent players from making extensive use of such tools.
There are these reactions: The video quickly spread throughout the FFXIV community, causing much derision and derision towards the “winners” of the World First race. One meme wavein which players made fun of the team, flooded reddit and social media.
There was also a lot of mockery in the game itself. In the group search for raids, absurd descriptions appeared on some servers in FFXIV: Omega groups that promised progression from phase 6 required their fellow players to use the “JP Satellite Strat”. So the Japanese strategy of cheating.
“Hacks and cheats used from the start”
What the team says: In a statement, Team Unnamed leader admitted that all members used Zoom Hack and other “tools” to achieve victory. He justified the fact that he had exchanged views with other World Progression teams and got the impression that everyone would use the cheats.
The use of the tools was ordered by one of the team’s support members who, while not playing in the group themselves, help analyze and solve mechanics. The group’s dragoon, whose gameplay is shown in the video, did not originally use any tools, according to the statement.
In addition to the indignation and ridicule, there are also many voices who say that Unnamed only did what everyone else does. The use of cheats and hacks is widespread in FFXIV and practiced by countless teams. While some of these are “less bad,” they’re actually banned.
A user reported on reddit an anonymous disposable account, who claims to be a former professional World First raider. He says:
Hacks and plugins have been used in world races since the beginning. People who think UNNAMED is the only team using them are naïve and don’t understand how widespread its usage is. And those who think it’s “just” Zoom hacks underestimate how much these tools can do for you. Speed hacks, teleport hacks, no prep time on the spells, think of something and it’s probably already been done.
[…] None of us want to do that, but since these tools are so easy to develop and use, they are used to create a level playing field for everyone. […] Even if the raiding community agreed not to use them, there’s no guarantee that an unknown (or even known) team will secretly use them and win.
The reddit user also says that there is no point in asking for clear videos and streams as evidence because there are enough ways to hide the cheats in the footage. Team Unnamed were unlucky to get caught.
FFXIV director Naoki Yoshida has said in the past that his team has no plans to implement an anti-cheat. Whether his attitude will change after the incident remains to be seen.
However, it is unlikely that an anti-cheat would actually help. Developers have been fighting cheaters in their games for years, but in many cases the effort is in vain.
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