Did it also happen right after an update? And was it also so sudden? From what I gathered, this time:
1. It happened right after an update.
2. None of the players affected had done any changes to their computers before, during or after the update (which means they all ran Vindictus just fine the day before).
3. Players turned from law-abiding players to "perma-banned offenders" in a span of 12 hours inexplicably.
I love Vindictus too, but it means nothing when Vindictus doesn't have any competition. I know that Dragon Nest, C9 and Soul Worker (and now dead Kritika) are supposed to be "similar", but contrary to popular opinion, I don't find any of them similar to Vindictus at all. Same goes for TERA, which people keep suggesting as an alternative to Vindictus. I don't find any of these games even remotely close to Vindictus in terms of combat. And - unpopular opinion - I don't find them "actiony" either. I feel like I'm the only person in the world who thinks that Vindictus is in its own category standing alone with no competitors at all.
The only games that ever felt truly similar to Vindictus were Asker (the closest), followed by RaiderZ and Dragons Dogma Online. All of which are now dead. It reminds me of that scene from Scary Movie "Everyone around you is dying", because any game that ever came close to Vindictus is dead.