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Developer perplexed: Did hackers implement mermaids in their fishing MMO? 
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Developer perplexed: Did hackers implement mermaids in their fishing MMO? 

Hamburg, 1st of April, 2016: Publisher InselGames and developer Masangsoft are confronted with a curious problem. Players are reporting mermaids roaming the waters of their big game fishing MMO “World of Fishing”. The thing is, the feature has never been implemented and can not be found in the source code.


It might be one of the most famous cock-and-bull stories of all time: Mermaids. Hackers seem to have brought this fairytale to life in “World of Fishing” as player reports about mermaid sightings have increased recently. What has been taken as a joke made by the community, has now turned into a real scavenger hunt. Because the feature has never been programmed by Masangsoft, both developer and users are on the hunt and closing in on the mermaids myth. 
“Even though we feel like the feature is a nice extension to the game, we would really like to protect the Mermaids from our user’s hooks and release them to the wild unharmed. We would appreciate it if the person responsible for this would get in touch with us and we are also thankful for every hint leading to the perpetrators”, says Patrick Streppel, CEO of InselGames Ltd. The developer team has not been able to track down and extract the responsible code. It is still unclear how the hackers got access and how they could manipulate the code from the outside, although there have been similar cases in the past in other games, like the “Hot Coffee” scandal.

Users can send hints to info@inselgames.de 
“World of Fishing” is going to be available in the Steam Store in April 2016. 


About World of Fishing
World of Fishing is a full-fledged MMO featuring character development, exciting quests and the addicting hunt for rare fish. Starting out with a small boat and basic equipment, players will be able to work their way up to the point where they will catch huge fish like tunas and even exotic sharks. Dynamic real-time battles with more than 450 fish species controlled by a realistic AI, provide an entertaining and challenging gameplay that feels as close to the “real thing” as possible.
 
Competitive players can face each other in the Team Match mode, while casual players will be able to enjoy the relaxing aspect of fishing in Freestyle mode, visiting beautiful, exotic fishing spots from Vancouver to Cape Town.
 
www.worldoffishing.net 


About Masangsoft:
Founded in 2004, the Korean game developer Masangsoft is specialized in online and mobile gaming. Masangsoft is most famous for its flagship title Aceonline.
 
 
About InselGames Ltd.
Behind World of Fishing is InselGames Ltd., based in San Gwann, Malta, a recently founded Publisher for Online and Mobile Games in Europe. The team boasts more than 8 years of experience managing some of the most successful MMOGs in Europe and they have founded this new venture with one goal: getting gamers excited about new and innovative Online Games!

 

For further information please visit our official website and our forum“World of Fishing” is also on Facebook and Youtube.

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