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Two major Division exploits have been fixed, more permabans handed out

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Ubisoft says it has fixed two of the most egregious exploits in The Division: The “Double Revive” glitch that enabled downed players to effectively rescue themselves, and a more damaging bug that came to light yesterday, that allowed talents to be stacked multiple times, heightening weapon damage to absurd levels.

The second exploit was particularly problematic because, as Ubisoft noted in today's server maintenance changelog, it not only broke the game's balance, it was also responsible for the recent server instability that came about “due to the increased traffic generated by this bug.”

Ubisoft hasn't said yet how players who took advantage of the exploit will be punished, and as far as I know the bug that initially spawned that threat of retribution for bad behavior is still active. But Community Manager Natchai Stappers said in a separate post on The Division forums today that “bans are being handed out, at increasing rates, and permabans are part of those.”

As noted by Polygon, Ubisoft will be giving out free Phoenix Credits this weekend as compensation for the technical issues players have been forced to put up with.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.