Dark Souls PC Servers Taken Down Due to Multiplayer Exploit

Fearing potential multiplayer exploit, PvP servers for PC versions of Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls 2 and 3 are taken offiline.

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Dark Souls PC Servers Taken Down Due to Multiplayer Exploit

Despite having a reputation for being an overtly punishing experience, Dark Souls action role-playing game series by developer From Software has a dedicated player-community worldwide and it even pioneered the term "Soulsborne".

Because of how difficult Soulslike titles can be, players often choose to play Dark Souls games with friends using co-op mode. However, PC servers for Dark Souls are taken down lately after discovering an issue with multiplayer exploit.

According to latest reports, publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment has temporarily turned off PvP servers for Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls 2 and 3 due to a newfound issue that may allow other people to take control of your PC.

Bandai Namco and From Software didn't reveal any detail for taking down PC servers for Dark Souls titles yet. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will also be going offline soon to investigate reasons for recent online exploit by dev team.

An announcement came from official Twitter account for Dark Souls on sudden takedown of PvP servers.

After a post on Reddit detailing how Dark Souls 3 is vulnerable for invaders to run remote code execution (RCE) attacks on user PCs that can lead to some serious exploitation, Bandai Namco has responded by quickly submitting a report.

RCE attackers can essentially brick your PC hardware, let hackers access your login data or run any malicious software like Bitcoin Miner. From Software didn't take notice of reports at first and attempted several times to contact them.

People decided to demonstrate how the exploit works in a stream to take over a PC during a playthrough of Dark Souls 3. It probably got some attention as Dark Souls servers for PC have since been temporarily taken down in no time.

Fans are also worried for upcoming highly-anticipated Elden Ring release after finding similar codes in a datamined version. A third-party mod named Blue Sentinel can reportedly prevent Dark Souls hackers until official solution arrives.

Although a very serious exploit, only a few people actually know how to execute RCE attack in Dark Souls. Nevertheless, it was wise of Bandai Namco to shutdown online servers completely before taking any actions to prevent all exploit.

Bandai Namco and From Software are not likely to delay Elden Ring over an RCE exploit issue but they should fix it quickly. Also, ongoing downtime of PvP servers for Dark Souls won't be affecting PlayStation and Xbox console players.
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