Die hard fans of the action role-playing game Dark Souls are in for a massive gametime disruption after Dark Souls publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and game developer FromSoftware announced that online PC gaming for the series is suspended until Elden Ring launches on February 25, 2022.
— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) February 9, 2022
This announcement came soon after one of Dark Soul’s popular streamers, The__Grim__Sleeper had his livestream hacked. According to The Verge, this streamer had the text-to-speech function on his PC commandeered by an unknown hacker.
The Dark Souls team promptly took to their Twitter page to announce that they are aware of the “technical challenges”. The team assured players that they have identified the issue and are working to fix it. They also mentioned that they have spread their investigation to Elden Ring and have set necessary measures to make the game secure.
In an update on their website, FromSoftware also explained that, because the development of the DARK SOULS series was completed earlier on, it would take time to prepare the testing environment to resolve the game’s vulnerabilities. This explains the temporary deactivation of all Dark Souls PC servers. Fortunately, this downtime isn’t going to affect any Player-versus-Player (PvP) servers on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
This downtime does not affect PvP servers for Xbox or PlayStation consoles.
— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) January 23, 2022
However, FromSoftware assured the Dark Souls community that they are doing their best to resume the online services as soon as possible and thanked them for their patience and understanding.
The security exploit that led to these stern measures goes by the name Remote Code Execution (RCE). The existence of such a vulnerability makes it possible for a hacker to gain remote access to an affected device. The hacker can then run any code they wish on the device. RCE poses a great risk for players who might end up spending a lot to resolve its malware issues.
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