The Sandbox releases Leaderboard Update
The update reset the EP count for some quests of Alpha Season 3 after they had various glitches patched out that were previously used by players to their advantage to climb the leaderboard. This made it unfair for post-patch players to try and get high scores, thus resetting the EP count in order to make it fair for everyone by requiring that all play on the same conditions. This reset does not affect Alpha Pass progress.
The Sandbox has decided to release a leaderboard update for Alpha Season 3 of the gaming metaverse.
Throughout the season, players are able to earn $SAND in various different ways, among which include topping the leaderboard. In an effort to make the challenge fairer for everyone, the developers of the platform have decided to push out an update for the leaderboard and provide some clarity while taking community feedback into consideration.
They explained the difference between exploiting and cheating, stating that exploits are glitches within the game being played and that taking advantage of them is acceptable and expected to happen during this alpha phase. “Glitching is a well-known practice in speedrunning, and always has been,” the team says on their Medium post. However, in order for them to actually consider glitching as an acceptable way of getting high scores, there are various factors that have to be met, including the fact that these glitches should be accessible by all, which was not the case for every experience playable in this season, as some glitches got patched during the season, thus making it unfair for those who are trying to get a high score after the fix was applied. Cheating, on the other hand, involves using third-party software outside the game itself to do things such as speed hacks and so on. The developers state that they “do not condone such behavior and have put into place systems and processes to prevent such activity from ever being rewarded.”
As a result, the update that went live on October 17 reset the EP count for some quests “for which the balance has been compromised.” This means that those who have previously completed certain quests affected by this update will have to play them again if they want to get back the EPs in order to make it fair for everyone. So if you see any completed quests where it now says “invalid time” then those are the ones you’ll want to play again. What this update won’t have an effect on are the EPs used in the rewards section for leveling up, meaning that your Alpha Pass progress is completely safe.
There’s around 11 days left till the end of Alpha Season 3 at the time of writing.
Aside from this season, The Sandbox has also recently announced the Star Atlas Game Jam while teaming up with retired Argentinian and Manchester City footballer Sergio Kun Agüero to launch the Kuniverse.