The new Ni No Kuni game is "absolutely unplayable" due to hordes of bots

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds
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Ni No Kuni fans have described the series' latest addition as "absolutely unplayable" due to its hordes of bots. 

Thanks in no small part to its gorgeous graphical style and charming cast of characters, Ni No Kuni is a series that's beloved by many RPG fans. While its newest entry, Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, may look much the same as the delightful Ni No Kuni 2 on the surface, the integration of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency is reportedly causing issues for players.

As reported by The Gamer, Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds' controversial new in-game economy has not only put some fans off the game entirely but it's seemingly led to long wait times for those that still want to play. In a tweet, HDKirin wrote, "Apparently because of the crypto/NFT stuff, bots have infested it leading to long queues for servers." 

According to the Twitter user, the game's developer Netmarble offers a payment option in the form of a "Daily Adventurer's Pass" that lets players skip to the front of the log-in queue. HDKirin adds that the pass is available for $7.99. While it offers players a way to quickly get into the game, it effectively makes this free-to-play title not so free anymore. 

It might seem like Netmarble implemented the pass to tackle to the bot problem, but apparently this isn't the case. Instead, it's a monthly payment subscription option that ResetEra user Toma says has been in the game since launch. But the user still has no love for Netmarble's decisions. "The game deserves getting trashed on, mostly because of its Crypto implementation and rather scummy monetization practices," writes Toma.

Fans have been venting their frustration in a similar fashion on the Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds subreddit. "The current state of the game is absolutely unplayable. Don't even bother installing it until the issues are addressed," says Fun-Adagio-2275. Duke-of-Babble revealed how dire the waiting situation is with a screenshot showing them at 4,410 in the queue.

and_all_i_wanna_do_is_get_my_daily_stuff_done from r/NiNoKuniCrossworlds

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Anne-Marie Ostler
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Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.