From Software has revealed that the online servers for its suite of Dark Souls PC games will remain offline until the launch of Elden Ring.
Last month, From Software revealed that a PC exploit had been discovered in its Dark Souls game suite that could give control of your PC to someone else. This obviously presents a whole host of problems and From Software has responded by taking the PC games Dark Souls – so Dark Souls 1, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3 – offline. Now you can still play the game solo, but the online components have been taken offline and From Software has revealed that their servers will remain offline until Elden Ring is released later this month.
“Due to the time required to set up proper testing environments, online services for the Dark Souls series on PC will not resume until after the release of Elden Ring. We will continue to do our utmost to restore these services. as soon as possible. . We will make an announcement as soon as the timeline is determined for the resumption of online services. Please stay tuned to the Dark Souls social media channels for updates. Again, allow us to share our thanks to you, our passionate community.”
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Original story, 1/24/22:
Dark Souls 3 may not have garnered the same popularity totals as its two predecessors or the GOTY spin-offs that followed. Nonetheless, it features the same level of epic storytelling and mechanical depth and polish that FromSoftware is widely known for. Unfortunately, a dangerous exploit is on the way, causing players to lose full control of their PC. At this time, the Dark Souls 3 servers are offline as the development team works to maintain multiplayer security.
The PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily disabled to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services.
Dark Souls: PtDE servers will join them shortly.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) January 23, 2022
According to NMEYesterday (January 23), the official Dark Souls Twitter account posted an announcement (see above) detailing the troubling situation and the steps being taken to resolve the issue. The Tweet reads:
“The PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily disabled to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services. Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
A follow-up Tweet mentions that this issue is completely absent from PvP console servers, so Xbox and PlayStation owners have nothing to worry about and have been spared from the shutdown. NME would go on to state that the exploit, otherwise known as the Remote Code Execution (RCE) hack, allows attackers “to execute arbitrary code on a remote device, which means they can take the control of a player’s PC”. It seems that only a tiny percentage of players know how to use the hack, so the likelihood of being affected is relatively low. However, PC players are still at risk whenever they engage with Dark Souls 3’s multiplayer components, so the decision to disable PvP seems appropriate.
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