How does the New World invincibility exploit work?
The exploit is relatively easy to replicate, which is understandably why New World players are in an uproar. To abuse the bug, all players need to do is set their game to "Windowed Mode," and then click and drag the game's window by the title bar. By doing this, the character enters into a state of invulnerability, which lasts for as long as the player is moving the game's window.
During this state of "suspended animation," players are unable to move or be killed. While this may not sound particularly interesting, it does allow players to stand on capture points, become invulnerable and ultimately stall PvP wars indefinitely.
In the YouTube video embedded below, you can see how the invincibility exploit appears from the perspective of the player abusing the bug and from other players in the game.
We should note that we do not condone bug abuse of any kind and have detailed the specifics of this exploit for reporting purposes only. We, therefore, implore our readers to please not replicate this in the game.
Popular YouTube content creator, King Gothalion, and Twitch icon, Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek, called on the New World developers to disable PvP wars as soon as possible or do emergency maintenance given the ease of replicating the exploit in the game.
It's a damn mess out there..— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) October 18, 2021
With that said, we should also add that players will eventually incur all cumulative damage received during their glitched-out state once they return to the game, making this exploit (at least in most other instances), benign. This occurs when players release the window and they resume regular gameplay in New World.
Amazon Games are aware of the New World invincibility exploit
Technically speaking, this is less of an exploit than it is a bug affecting the game's interaction with the Microsoft Windows UI, however, it still requires the attention of the developers to resolve to conserve the integrity of PvP wars in the game.
According to a thread on the official New World forums, a community manager advised that the development team were "aware and investigating" the issue. Our best guess is that Amazon Games will appropriate the necessary bug fixes in its next patch update, however, the developers have yet to confirm if and when this might be.
We'll endeavour to keep you updated regarding further developments pertaining to this story.
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Featured image courtesy of Amazon Games.