The Elder Scrolls Online spilles stadig af mange hundredetusindvis, hvis ikke millioner af spillere verden over, men samtlige af disse spillere har, tyder noget på, åbnet op for et kontroversielt stykke software ved at spille spillet.
En ny rapport fra MMOGames kan nemlig afsløre, at en lang række fans har fundet ud af, at The Elder Scrolls Online har benyttet et stykke software kaldet Red Shell. Dette stykke software har været gemt blandt spillets kernefiler, og det katalogiserer alle spillerens handlinger, ikke ulig de tracking-programmer der sporer ens handlinger på internettet.
Naturligvis har opdagelsen skabt røre, så meget så at spillets instruktør, Matt Firor har udgivet en officiel meddelelse (via COGConnected), hvor han siger undskyld, og påstår at der er tale om en fejl.
"My apologies for the confusion over the integration of Red Shell into ESO. Here's what happened: we have been experimenting with a better way to link which advertisements and web content new players see to the eventual account that is created in the game. The ONLY purpose this would be used for is to determine from which origin points our new players come from, so we can better plan where to place advertisements and other web content. Existing accounts will never encounter this, as they are already created.
Several factors came together in Update 18 and Red Shell was erroneously added to the live build when we were still testing and evaluating it. It has never been active in ESO, even though the base tech is in the client - i.e. it was never enabled. So, we will remove it from Update 18, which will take place in the PC/Mac incremental build scheduled for this coming Monday (it was never considered for Console, so won't be in Tuesday's U18 launch). We never should have done this without giving everyone a heads up it was coming, and we will learn from this mistake.
That being said, we are still investigating how to use this technology in the future to grow and sustain ESO more effectively. When/if we do so, we will give everyone a heads up with clear instructions as to what it is doing, how it is doing it, and how to opt-out should you so desire.
Check out the patch notes on Monday for the notice that Red Shell has been removed from U18, and we will keep everyone posted - and again, my apologies."
Angiveligvis er softwaren nu blevet fjernet.