Don’t you hate it when you get yourself all self-righteously worked up only to find there is a perfectly reasonable explanation, and you’re standing there all hot and sweaty with your hands curled into fists ready to hit something?
And then you feel embarrassed and resentful because really, the developers cannot be trusted to fix the game they originally sold to you?
And it is this very lack of trust that the developers have woven through the game that inspires some of us to leap to conclusions that may or may not be true, but are probably another unfixed bug, or a newly introduced one, or as in this case, a measure added to try and curb the griefing that is going on.
I personally don’t understand why that measure has to affect all modes of play, except for the fact that they are very busy and are working from home like the rest of us, scrambling to keep things together.
So, as @sheralmyst advised, since you prefer to play solo, simply turn off multiplayer in the Options menu. It makes life in game so much more pleasant (IMNSHO)
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