After some delays, Amazon recently began rolling out its long-promised server handover system to New World players, only to immediately run into a minor hiccup. According to forum posts by New World community managers, a small number of players have experienced an issue called Character_Persist_Failure that allowed them to double huge amounts of gold. Server transfers have been suspended again until the problem is resolved.
The glitch involves players experiencing the Character_Persist_Failure by sending gold to a character that is unaffected by the glitch and then disconnecting. The gold is received and the sender logs in again to find the total amount of gold that is still in their inventory. This isn't the first time New World players have encountered a glitch, but it can be one of the most shocking. Although New World players who were eagerly awaiting server transfers may be disappointed by this news, Amazon appears to be taking the issue of doubling gold very seriously.
Of the roughly 150,000 characters that have been carried over since the service launched, only a small percentage were affected by the glitch, but the effects seem to be being felt already throughout the game. Amazon claims to have fixed the issue and warns that players who exploited the bug may face a ban, and the money and items obtained as a result will be removed from the game. However, the problem lasted long enough that it is difficult to say who should and who should not be punished. The glitch has apparently had such an effect on the New Worlds game economy that market prices for common items have skyrocketed, possibly as a result of players trying to launder their ill-gotten gains. Some gamers have also observed those who exploited the bug by using it to send incredible amounts of gold to their rivals in hopes of taking their enemies with them when Amazon begins banning violators. It remains to be seen exactly how many players have been affected by the glitch, either intentionally or inadvertently.